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Byron’s fantasy of Albania, as one of the world’s wild places, has been the mainstay of most English travel writing about the country ever since: Land of Albania! let me bend mine eyes On thee, thou rugged nurse of savage men! (Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, canto 2, lines 338–339) The publication of the first two cantos of Childe Harold in 1812, and their instant success, placed Albania firmly on the imaginative map of Europe. The young Benjamin Disraeli visited Albania (by which he meant southern Epirus) in 1830.

They finally encoun9 5607$$000A 07-08-03 10:59:45 ALBANIA tered Ali farther north, in Tepelene, and Byron wrote proudly, “With the exception of Major Leake . . ” Byron’s fantasy of Albania, as one of the world’s wild places, has been the mainstay of most English travel writing about the country ever since: Land of Albania! let me bend mine eyes On thee, thou rugged nurse of savage men! (Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, canto 2, lines 338–339) The publication of the first two cantos of Childe Harold in 1812, and their instant success, placed Albania firmly on the imaginative map of Europe.

Journal of a Political Mission to Afghanistan, in 1857, 1862; reprinted, 1978. , From the Indus to the Tigris: A Narrative of a Journey through the Countries of Balochistan, Afghanistan, Khorassan and Iran, in 1872, 1874; reprinted, 1977. Bonvalot, Gabriel, En Asie Centrale, de Moscou en Bactriane, 1884. Bouvier, Nicolas, L’Usage du monde, drawings by Thierry Vernet, 1963; as The Way of the World, translated by Robyn Marsack, 1992. , 1834. Burnes, Alexander, Cabool, Being a Personal Narrative, 1842; reprinted, 1973.

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