London: Sauders, Otley, and Co., 1868.
Hardcover (Full Leather).
Very Good Condition.
The Morea was the name given to the Peloponnese peninsula of Greece during the Middle Ages, and in that time it was a haphazardly governed region. The author of this book, S. Soteropoulous, owned a property on the western coast of the Peloponnesus and was an M.P. for the Eparchy of Triphylia, when he was kidnapped by 'brigands' and held captive for thirty-six days. This narrative, then, was the first "authentic description of life among the brigands of Greece". As such, it deals with much more than just brigrandry, and paints a picture of the difficulties and nature of life in the Morea at that time, even advocating for the restoration and appreciation of their ways of life. Translated from the Greek by the Rev. J. O. Bagdon (James Oscar), who was chaplain to the English community in Zakynthos and provides much background and explanatory material, these two volumes are a rich and beautifully preserved historical artefact. No illustrations, frontispiece from Vol. 1 presumed removed. Full leather with ruled edges and corners. Raised bands, gilt lettering and tooling. Full gilt edges. Size: 19cm x 13cm. 294 + 326 pages. 2-volume set (complete). Set is in Very Good Minus condition, by which we mean it has some marks of age and/or wear from light handling, but is still a desirable copy. Very light bumping to corners. Light soiling and wear to leather. Gilt title, tooling, and rule dulled. Light soiling to title pages, fly leafs, endpapers and occasionally throughout, mostly on margins. Small pen line to title page of vol. 2. Ink spill on page 33 of vol. 2, text is legible. Partial signature in ink to front endpaper of vol. 1. Shipped Weight: .95 kilos.