SMYTH, Sir Warington Wilkinson. A Year with the Turks or Sketches of Travel in the European and Asiatic Dominions of the Sultan. London, John W. Parker, 1854.
8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover ornamented in gilt; pp. xii, 300; hand-coloured folding lithographic map of the ethnic composition of the Balkans and Asia Minor; bookplate removed from paste-down, otherwise a very good copy.
Uncommon first edition. This is an account by a well-travelled geologist's fact-finding mission over a good chunk of the Ottoman Empire, including the Balkans, Istanbul, Aleppo, Kurdish Territories, with a visit of Diarbakir, travelling through Mesopotamia in Layard's footsteps, visiting mines, reporting on working conditions, ethnic tensions whilst debunking many a myth about massacres of Christians.