1904 Queen Elizabeth and the Levant Company A Diplomatic and Literary Episode of the Establishment of our Trade with Turkey Edited with Twenty-six Fac-simile Illustrations of Manuscripts and other Interesting Plates, from Manuscripts in His Majesty's Public Record Office, the Manuscript Department of the British Museum, and the Archives of Venice, &c.
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce, With Dustwrapper
A scarce copy of Queen Elizabeth and the Levant Company: a detailed and illustrated account on the establishment of Britain's trade with Turkey, published in 1904 under the direction of the Royal Society of Literature.
The Levant Company was founded in 1581 by royal charter. Charters in 1606 and 1661 gave its members the mere right to trade between England and the Ottoman Empire. The original capitulation of 1580 was renewed nine times and eventually confirmed in 1675; It remained in force until the end of the Ottoman Empire, in 1923.
Spain's occupation of Antwerp (established connection in the trading affairs) made it so that the English trade with the Levant was cut, but it was resumed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Exports to the Levant consisted mainly of cloth and tin while imports included raw silk, mohair, wool, yarn, carpets, drugs, spices, indigo, currants, and cotton.
This volume contains 26 illustrations of manuscripts and other interesting plates, as well as frontispiece with rare engraving of Queen Elizabeth. With unclipped dustwrapper.
In the original publisher's quarter paper vellum and green cloth covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt to spine and decorative gilt to front board as well as decorative stamp to backboard. Externally smart, with slight shelfwear and edgewear. Spine is slightly creased, and there is some faint spotting to paper vellum. Dustwrapper is smart with some shelfwear and few closed tears repaired by previous owner. Spine is sunned and few handling marks to front and rear wraps. Internally, firmly bound. Faint scattered spotting, particularly to paste downs and free endpapers. Some spotting to the edges, top edge painted in gilt. With unclipped dustwrapper. Complete with twenty-six fac-simile illustrations of manuscripts and other interesting plates, as well as frontispiece with rare engraving of Queen Elizabeth.
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