PARDOE ON THE BOSPHORUS, WITH 85 LOVELY FULL-PAGE HAND-COLORED ENGRAVED VIEWS OF CONSTANTINOPLE BY BARTLETT
(TURKEY) (BARTLETT, William Henry, illustrator) PARDOE, Julia. The Beauties of the Bosphorus. London: Virtue & Co., circa 1854. Quarto, modern full crimson morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $6000.
Early edition, with frontispiece portrait, engraved title page, map, and 85 steel-engraved plates of Turkish views and landmarks after drawings by William Henry Bartlett—all except the map splendidly and vividly hand-colored—handsomely bound.
An experienced writer and traveller, Julia Pardoe accompanied her father to Constantinople in 1835, "and since Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, probably no woman has acquired so intimate a knowledge of Turkey" (DNB). Her first work on Turkey, The City of the Sultan and Domestic Manners of the Turks, was published in 1837. The Beauties of the Bosphorus followed in 1838, lavishly illustrated with plates based on the drawings of the renowned topographical illustrator William Henry Bartlett, who was making his first tour of the East at around the same time as Pardoe. First published in 1838 with 78 plates. Blackmer 888. Owner ink gift inscription.
A splendidly illustrated, finely hand-colored, and handsomely bound volume in fine condition.