MIDDLETON, C. W. A Collection of Letters written home during a Tour to and from Egypt, up the Nile to the First Cataract [issued with] A Winter Tour in Spain. Printed for Private Circulation by William Clowes and Sons, Limited, Stamford Street and Charing Cross, 1883.
8vo. Original dark blue pebble-grained cloth, illustrated and lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. 199; , 120, wood-engraved frontispiece (in pagination) and folding map between the two parts; light offsetting from endpapers, map with a bit of spotting and light offsetting to adjacent leaves; otherwise a very cood copy.
Extremely rare first edition to combine both travelogues, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on initial blank. Although the author states in the Apology for this Edition that 'the first edition of these letters was very limited and quickly exhausted' we could not trace it at all. The Middleton couple clearly enjoyed the Egyptian trip of 1879, visited all the sights of interest known by then and W. C. writes in a fresh and lively style, with witty observation on everyday life in Egypt and the beginnings of tourism. The letters then describe the return journey via Italy and France. The second part of the volume is a round trip of Spain undertaken in 1880 and is composed of letters home as well.
COPAC locates copies at the National Library of Scotland, in Oxford and in the British Library only.