POYNTER, Mary Augusta. When Turkey was Turkey. In and around Constantinople. London, Routledge and Dutton in New York, 1921.
8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt and with gilt-stamped crescent and star to front cover; pp. [viii], 197, , frontispiece after a photo, cloth a bit faded, offsetting from endpapers, a good copy of a great rarity.
First and only edition. All we know about the author is, that she wrote two books on Turkey and died in 1930. The late Sir Edwin Pears, in the preface, compares Ms Poynter's sketches to 'the letters of the charming Lady Mary [Montagu]'. Apart from travelogues of journeys in the vicinity of Istanbul, there is a chapter on the Counter Revolution of 1909 … and the Dethronement of Abdul Hamid, notes on the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913, and the account of a journey in Asia Minor, with a visit to Ankara.
Provenance: Baghdad bookseller's label on front fly-leaf, ownership inscription, dated Baghdad, 1943, inside front cover.