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Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople.
Lady Annie Brassey. Longmans, Green, 1880.

FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR’S PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “To Mrs Chandler with best wishes from the author, Christmas 1880. Normanhurst Court” on the half-title, 9 plates, 2 folding maps (one of Cyprus, one of the route with small loss at fold), illustrations in the text, occasional light spotting, publisher’s pictorial cloth gilt (designed by Gustave Doré)

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