BARCLAY, Edgar. Mountain Life in Algeria … With Illustrations by the Author.

London, Kegan Paul, 1882.


4to. Original dark green cloth, lettered in gilt, ornamented in silver and black, all edges gilt; pp. 119, with eight photo engravings (plates with tissue guards) and seven wood-engraved plates, seven woodcut [?] vignettes and initials in the text; apart from very light bubbling to cloth, and scattered minimal spotting a very attractive copy.

First edition, signed presentation copy, of a beautiful and rare account of a sojourn in the Kabyles in the spring of 1880, written and illustrated by a Hampstead-based artist, who had been educated in Germany (Schnorr von Carolsfeld was one of his teachers) and Italy. Barcaly (1842-1913) visited Berber, or Kabyle villages in the Atlas Mountains, and describes their life under French colonial rule. - The presentation inscription on the half-title reads Agnes K. Barclay from Edgar Barclay.