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PARDOE, [Julia]. The Beauties of the Bosphorus..., illustrated in a Series of Views of Constantinople and its Environs, from original Drawings by W.H. Bartlett, London, George Virtue, 1838.

Julia Pardoe (1806-1862) was a British poet, writer and traveller. She visited the Istanbul with her father, Major Thomas Pardoe, and stayed in that city during the years 1836-37. Forced to abandon the project to visit Egypt and Greece, she published her first work, “The City of the Sultan”, which had huge success (selling more than thirty thousand copies), and was republished in 1838, 1845 and 1854.

After Lady Montague (1717-18), Pardoe is the first to penetrate women’s everyday life in the Ottoman Empire. She also offered the European public another work, “The Beauties of the Bosphorus”, with drawings by W.H. Bartlett and her own texts, which too was reprinted and translated into French. She wrote a total of about thirty historical and fictional works.

This edition is a collection of engravings already published in Pardoe’s previous works. They depict views of regions on the Danube, in Northern and Central Europe, and representative views of the Bosporus and Istanbul.

Written by Ioli Vingopoulou

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