First edition. Two volumes. 4to. Publisher's original quarter green cloth over paper-covered boards with printed paper title labels to the spines. Page edges untrimmed. Illustrated with two engraved maps (one folding) and 13 engraved plates, of which two are aquatinted by F. C. Lewis. Contemporary engraved armorial bookplate for William Holmes Brookfield to the front pastedown of each volume. A very good copy, the bindings square and tight with a little wear to the extremities. The contents, with a later bookplate to the front pastedown of volume one, the ownership signature of the author William St Clair to the front pastedown of each volume, some light scattered foxing and a little dampmarking to the plates in volume two (which is not particularly obtrusive), are otherwise in very good order throughout. A most attractive, unsophisticated example.
"Hughes travelled in the Mediterranean and Greece in 1813-14 as tutor to Richard Townley Parker. They visited Spain, Italy, Sicily, Greece and Albania. Hughes and Parker arrived in Preveza late in 1813; they were joined on their Albanian tour by C.R. Cockerell, who spent about two months with them. Most of the book is in fact devoted to a description of this part of their travels, and 10 of the 12 engravings are after drawings by Cockerell illustrating sites in Epirus. This work is one of the major sources of information about Ali Pasha. Hughes was a confirmed philhellene. He was one of the early members of the Philmuse Society, probably subscribing when he was in Athens in 1814, and later he became a member of the London Greek Committee. The massacre of the Greeks of Chios Island in 1822 provoked his Address to the People of England in the Cause of the Greeks, 1822 which was violently anti-Turkish and aroused considerable controversy." (Blackmer). (Blackmer, 842; Abbey, 203; Weber 86; Pine-Coffin, 813i).
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