London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co., Ltd, 1913. Edition de Luxe. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Brangwyn (of which this is number 88). Publisher's quarter vellum over green buckram boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Large quarto (286 x 228 mm.). Collating 305, , including twelve mounted color plates, full-page black and white frontispiece, and thirty-one quarter-page black and white chapter headings. A near fine copy.
Alexander William Kinglake's epic journey through the Ottoman Empire to Cairo, and his residence there as the plague tore through the city was undertaken in 1835. His account of the journey was first published nine years later in 1844. A work much admired by Winston Churchill, his advice to other writers on how to improve their prose style was "Read Kinglake." Eothen does offer a solid example of effective prose: easy to read and telling a gripping story. The title, as the author points out, is the hardest word in the book (a word referencing the east and his time in Constantinople, Cyprus, Cairo, Damascus, Palestine, The Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Egypt, and Lebanon).
Sir Frank William BRANGWYN, R.A., R.W.S., R.B.A. (1867-1956) was an Anglo-Welsh artist, painter, water colorist, virtuoso engraver and illustrator, and progressive designer. Born in Bruges, Belgium where his father moved after winning a competition organized by the Belgian Guild of St. Thomas and St. Luke to design a parish church. In 1874 the family moved back to the United Kingdom. In 1936 Brangwyn presented Bruges with over 400 works, now in the Arents House Museum. In return the King of Belgium made Brangwyn Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II, and Bruges made him Citoyen d'Honneur de Bruges He was knighted in 1941. Brangwyn died on 11 June 1956 at his home in Sussex. Near Fine (Item #3573)