The Armenians - a novel
The Armenians. A Tale of Constantinople.
London Saunders and Otley 1830
First edition Three volumes, pp.vii, 328; [ii], 329; [ii], 350. A very good set bound in contemporary half morocco, marbled boards. Armorial bookplate of William Taylor Copeland. There is a light stain on the first blank leaf of each volume.
Charles MacFarlane was a prolific writer who supported himself by his literary work. He travelled to Constantinople and Asia Minor in 1827-28 and produced a handsome account of his stay there, "Constantinople in 1828". In the preface to this novel he says: "In the Armenians, moreover, I have taken up a very singular people, of whom little has been known hitherto; and by notes attached to my story, I have endeavoured to convey information as well as amusement". William Taylor Copeland was a partner of Spode in Stoke Potteries. He introduced "The Hunt" collection and commissioned Herring, the sporting artist, to design for his range. He was active in politics and became Lord Mayor of London. This set weighs 1.5 kg packed.