Books and other media

This page lists printed editions of The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks and other books and writings by Theodore and Mabel.

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Editions of The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks

The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks

The version by Gerald Brisch has been newly typeset in a smaller font than the original and so is less bulky; it also contains additional information about the Bents and their travel itinerary. It is available in hard-back or paper-back versions.

The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks

The version from Forgotten Books is a facsimile copy of the original book and contains over 500 pages. The copying has rendered the print to be quite light. There is no additional material in this edition. It is available in hard-back or paper-back versions.

aegean_islands_bookAegean Islands (The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks)
This hard-back version is a facsimile of the original book but with a lot of additional information, maps and pictures. It is no longer in print but single, used copies do appear on Amazon from time to time. Check if any are currently available.

Researches Among the Cyclades (1884)

This is not actually an edition of the book but a facsimile reprint of the 18-page booklet that Theodore published separately from the main The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks. It describes his archaeological excavations and finds in some of the islands. The e-book mentioned above includes this booklet as a separate chapter.

Mabel’s Chronicles edited and compiled by Gerald Brisch

World Enough, and Time: The Travel Chronicles of Mrs J Theodore Bent Volume I: Greece and the Levantine Littoral An absolute must-have companion to Theodore’s book is Gerald Brisch’s meticulously researched and edited version of Mabel’s chronicles.

This volume is Mabel’s account of the Bents’ adventures around the Aegean and beyond, extracted from her fifteen year sequence of notebooks. It follows Mabel and Theodore to the Greek mainland, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, as well as the northern Aegean islands. Their journeys along the Turkish littoral lead them from bustling Istanbul to provincial Mersin in the far south-west.

Make Our Sun Stand Still: The Travel Chronicles of Mrs J. Theodore Bent. Volume II: The African Journeys This volume contains Mabel’s chronicle entries from their travels around Africa. It includes her previously unpublished account of the year they spent trekking to and from the previously unexplored ruins of Great Zimbabwe.

Deserts of Vast Eternity: The Travel Chronicles of Mrs J. Theodore Bent: III: Southern Arabia and Persia This volume contains Mabel’s chronicle entries from their journeys to Bahrein, Persia, the Hadhramaut, Socotra and the lands of the Fadhli and Yafai, as well as personal letters, documents, maps, and Mabel’s own photographs.

The ‘unpublished’ book on the Dodecanese by Theodore and Mabel

The Dodecanese: Further Travels Among the Insular Greeks: Selected Writings of J. Theodore & Mabel V.A. Bent, 1885-1888

This book, compiled by Gerald Brisch, presents writings that should have formed the sequel to The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks. Between 1885 and 1888, Theodore and Mabel continued exploring the Greek islands, heading further east this time to the Dodecanese. Theodore never published his notes and articles in a single book. Brisch has brought together Theodore’s separate articles and information from Mabel’s chronicles in the form of a book – much the same way as Theodore produced The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks.

Theodore’s other books

A Freak of Freedom: Or, the Republic of San Marino This is a facsimile reprint of the original edition of the book published in 1879.

Genoa: How the Republic Rose and Fell This is a facsimile reprint of the original edition of the book published in 1880.

The Life of Giuseppe Garibaldi This is a facsimile reprint of the original edition of the book published in 1882.

The Ruined Cities of Mashonaland: Being a Record of Excavation and Exploration in 1891 This is a facsimile reprint of the original edition of the book published in 1892.

The Sacred City of the Ethiopians: Being a Record of Travel and Research in Abyssinia in 1893 This is a facsimile reprint of the original edition of the book published in 1893.

Southern Arabia This is a facsimile reprint of the original edition of the book completed by Mabel in 1900 after Theodore’s death. It covers their journeys around Southern Arabia, the Red Sea coast of Africa and the island of Socotra where Theodore contracted the malaria that led to his premature death.