London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1884 . [Ottoman Adventure] FIRST UK EDITION, a later issue. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.viii; 223 . Publisher's catalogue dated October 1886. With 49 engraved plates, including a frontispiece, by Benett. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and black decoration to spine and upper. Light toning throughout, and a distinct tobacco scent; slightly cocked. Fairly light wear to cloth and some toning to spine. A superior copy. Near fine. Possibly a cheaper copy using spare sheets from the first edition of 1884, bound in the covers intended for the 1887 edition. The first volume in a two part tale of a journey around the entire coastline of the Black Sea, featuring two Dutchmen and a legendarily stubborn Turk who decides to take the long way around when he learns of the imposition of a new tax on craft crossing the Bosphorus between the old city of Constantinople and eastern suburb of Uskudar. Featuring wonderful illustrations of the mosques and monuments of Istanbul, and other well-know locations along the route. Item #57450
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