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LYNCH, Henry Finnis Blosse.

Armenia, travels and studies.

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London, Longmans, 1901

Lynch, (1862–1913), traveller and politician, claimed Armenian descent via his maternal grandmother. 'He devoted considerable time and energy to a subject contemporaries referred to as the Armenian question. The plight of the Armenian nation was close to his heart, primarily, it seems, as a result of his personal ancestry. This familial connection appears to have inspired the two journeys he made to his maternal grandmother's homeland in 1893–4 and 1898. During the first he ascended Mount Ararat before visiting Erivan, Etchmiadzin, Ani, Kars, Van, Aghtamar, Bitlis, Mush, Erzurum, and Trebizond. In addition to keeping a detailed diary he documented his voyage with extensive photographs. After his first trip he conveyed in leading British periodicals (notably the Contemporary Review) his apprehensions about both Russian and Ottoman policy in their respective Armenian territories. His return visit in 1898 revealed 'a typically late Victorian stress on scientific accuracy' (Walker, 98). He concentrated on

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First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, xvi, 470; xii, 512 pp., large folding map in pocket at end, 197 illustrations after photographs and sketches by the author, 15 other maps and plans, author's presentation inscriptions 'To Charles Waldstein/ [in Greek]/ from his friend, the author/ June 1901', original blue and cream buckram gilt, foxing to covers, a very good set.


C.J. Walker (Visions of Ararat: writings on Armenia, 1996); R.H. Kévorkian (Henry Lynch, un voyageur des temps modernes, Photographies originales, fragments d'un discours d'Arménie, ed. H. F. B. Lynch, 1990); C. Young (The quest for Henry Finnis Blosse Lynch, Between Paris and Fresno: Armenian studies in honor of Dickran Kouymjian, ed. B. Der Mugrdechian, 2008), 499–509.

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