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First edition, 8vo, 2 volumes; handcolored frontispiece portrait in vol. I showing the author in "Syrian costume; " a very good set in contemporary calf and marbled boards, rebacked, the covers with some rubbing, the fore and bottom edges untrimmed. "Madden writes in this epistolary work of harems, slave markets, religion, crime and punishment, politics, and numerous other subjects as well as medicine, and in his preface describes the difficulties encountered by a traveler to the East whose fate has been 'to have been taken for a spy in Syria, to have endangered my life in Candia, for refusing to administer poison, to have been shot at in Canea twice, and once on the Nile, by Turkish soldiers--to have been accused of changing the fragments of a broken statue into gold at Thebes--to have been charged with sorcery in Nubia… and to have been a captive with Greek pirates, for wearing a long beard, when taken in a vessel bearing Turkish property'" (Blackmer sale catalogue, 801). This set from the library of Sir Merton Russell-Cotes (1835-1921), with his bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume. One of Bournemouth's most prominent citizens, Russell-Cotes served as its mayor from 1894 to 1895 and donated his substantial art collections and stately home to the city. His bookplates picture "Ye Mayor of Bournemouth" in the full regalia of his office.
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