London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., , 1913. Item #03559
Alexander William Kinglakes' Gripping Story Illustrated by Frank Brangwyn
One of 100 Copies Signed by the Artist
[BRANGWYN, Sir Frank, illustrator]. KINGLAKE, A. W. Eöthen: or traces of travel brought home from the East by A.W. Kinglake. With an introduction by S.L. Bensusan and designs by Frank Brangwyn. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd., 1913.
Edition de Luxe. One of 100 numbered copies signed by Brangwyn (of which this is number 88).
Large quarto (1 1/4 x 9 inches; 286 x 228 mm.). 305,  pp. Twelve mounted color plates, full-page black and white frontispiece, and thirty-one quarter-page black and white chapter headings.
Publisher's quarter vellum over green buckram boards, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut.
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 by him in 1835. His account of the journey, which he entitled Eöthen was first published nine years later in 1844. Someone had once asked Winston Churchill’s advice on how to improve his prose style. "Read Kinglake," said Churchill. The word Eöthen, means ‘from the east’, and the book describes the author’s travels in what is now the Middle East. Apparently Churchill was right, in that Eöthen is easy to read and tells a gripping story. The title, as the author points out, is the hardest word in the book. There are 29 chapters, many of them indicating the places he went to, such as 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.