MACKENZIE, Georgina Mary Muir & Adelina Paulin IRBY. Travels in the Slavonic provinces of Turkey-in-Europe. With a preface by W.E. Gladstone. 3rd edition. London, Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1877.2 volumes. Original green cloth, spines lettered in gilt. With 2 frontispieces, 2 maps (1 coloured and folding) and 17 plates. XVII,313; II,342 pp. First published in 1867; revised edition, with three additional chapters by Miss Irby, and with a preface by Gladstone. Three editions appeared in 1877. - 'The number of editions may be due to the events of 1876, but this book by two British school teachers is still important for an understanding of the complex nature of this part of the Balkans. Miss Irby and Miss MacKenzie travelled in Serbia and the Balkans from 1861 to 1864, during which time they established a teacher-training school in Sarajevo (Atabey p.377). Georgina Mary Muir Mackenzie (1833-1874) and Adelina Paulina Irby (1831-1911) spent 1861-1864 where few outside women had been before. They undertook researches to a much greater degree than their more genteel contemporaries. Their descriptions of landscapes and people are not over-romantic, but they provide ample local colour (Theakstone p.170). Valuable information on the peoples of the former Yugoslavia, i.a. Slovenia, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. - A fine set.Blackmer Collection 1051 (first ed.); Atabey Collection 746 (5th ed.); Contominas Collection 429.. [Boeknr.: 16802 ]

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