Second edition. Three volumes.
London: Longsmans, Green, and Co., 1878. Profusely illustrated with engravings on wood by G. Pearson chiefly after drawings by A. Y. Bingham, as well as maps, charts and diagrams, many fold-out plates.
Octavo, rebacked (some time ago), spines with elaborate blid stamping and gilt, brown morocco gilt lettered labels, smooth brown calf boards ruled in gilt, marbled edges, marbled endpapers. slight rubbing and scuffing, interiors fine.
BRASSEY, Mrs. [Annie]. Sunshine and Storm in the East, or Cruises to Cyprus and Constantinople. 1880. With a lengthy inscription, signed and dated by the author 1881. First edition.
____________________. The Last Voyage, to India and Australia, in the 'Sunbeam' . 1889. Illustrated by R. T. Pritchett and from photographs. First edition. Both volumes bound uniformly with the first.
The Brasseys, Lord and Lady Thomas Brassey, together with their children and some friends, and a complete complement of crew, made several voyages to different parts of the world. Lady Brassey kept a journal of the travels and published three books about them which became immensely popular. Unfortunately, during the voyage to Australia Lady Brassey contracted malaria and died only 48 years old. The last book contains a touching tribute to her by Lord Brassey, who also contributed to the last part of narrative of the journey after Lady Brassey's death.
The 'Sunbeam' was a 190 foot three-masted top-sail composite schooner built in 1874. She participated in the trans Atlantic race in 1905 and came sixth. After a chequered career she was sold in 1930 to be broken up.