Our Ride Through Asia Minor
Our Ride Through Asia Minor

SCOTT-STEVENSON, Mrs. [Esmé, néé GROGAN]. Our Ride Through Asia Minor.

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SCOTT-STEVENSON, Mrs. [Esmé, néé GROGAN]. Our Ride Through Asia Minor. London, Chapman and Hall, 1881.

8vo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover ornamented in black; pp. xix, 400, 32 (publisher's catalogue), double-page lithographic map in two colours; this a little spotted, lower hinge strengthened, otherwise a very good and clean copy; bookplate Joseph Laycock.
Scarce first edition.Esmé and Andrew Scott-Stevenson were British residents in Cyprus and supported early archaeological digging campaigns on the island. This is a vivid first-hand travelogue covering the Scott-Stevensons' journey to Beyrout ('I spent nearly all this time ransacking the town' - p. 9), before moving via Tripioli and Beilan to Aleppo, and turning north to Aintab and Adana, before entering Central Anatolia. Esmé explains that speaking with Kurds, Turks and Circassians in Cyprus and listening to their stories about caravans and adventures on the mainland, the developed a desire to see for herself. She is the protagonist of this long journey rarely undertaken by Europeans before. Of course she thanks her husband for being her companion on the trip, 'which had occupied three months of the happiest time of my life' (dedication).

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