Lot 49: Napier (Colonel Charles James). The Colonies: Treating of their Value Generally - of the Ionian Islands in Particular; the Importance of the Latter in War and Commerce - As regards Russian Policy - Their Finances - Why an Expense to Great Britain - Detailed Proofs that they ought not to be so - Turkish Goverment - Battle of Navarino - Ali Pasha - Sir Thomas Maitland - Strictures on the Administration of Sir Frederick Adam, 1st ed., 1833, sixteen lithographed plates at end, two plans, a few close-trimmed at outer margin, first plate with two holes, pp. 311-314 with clear tape repairs, library stamps, previous owner inscription to title, 6 pp. publisher's catalogue bound-in at front, later half calf, spine with raised bands, red label and gilt decoration, 8vo, together with The Ionian Islands in the Year 1863, by Professor D.T. Ansted, 1st ed., 1863, tinted lithographed frontispiece, four engraved maps (one close-trimmed at outer margin), later half calf, 8vo. First work Blackmer 1181: "First and only edition of this important work. Napier was sent to the Ionian Islands in 1819 as inspecting field officer... He carried out several special assignments, including a secret meeting with Ali Pasha, and then was appointed resident of Cephalonia in 1822... Napier's understanding of Greeks and Greek politics and his contacts with Ali Pasha, Maitland, Byron (who spent some months in Cephalonia) Guilford and many others, have combined to produce a very interesting and amusing book on the Ionian Islands." . (2)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction September 2015
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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