• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 151

    BURCKHARDT, Johann Ludwig (1784-1817). Travels in Arabia, comprehending an account of those territories in Hedjaz which the Mohammedans regard as sacred. London: Henry Colburn, 1829. 2 vols., 8° (210 x 130mm), folding engraved map and 4 folding plans (map bound in upside down, split along one fold and with crude repairs to verso of others, light spotting to map, plans, titles and occasionally to text, without final advertisement leaf in vol. I). Contemporary blue calf (extemities worn). Provenance: Louisa Hoar Westmoreland 1841 (erased ownership inscription; binder's note) -- 'R.R.D.' (initials on book label at rear) -- [J. Fortune, Kingston (bookseller's label)].

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    BURCKHARDT, Johann Ludwig (1784-1817). Travels in Arabia, comprehending an account of those territories in Hedjaz which the Mohammedans regard as sacred. London: Henry Colburn, 1829. 2 vols., 8° (210 x 130mm), folding engraved map and 4 folding plans (map bound in upside down, split along one fold and with crude repairs to verso of others, light spotting to map, plans, titles and occasionally to text, without final advertisement leaf in vol. I). Contemporary blue calf (extemities worn). Provenance: Louisa Hoar Westmoreland 1841 (erased ownership inscription; binder's note) -- 'R.R.D.' (initials on book label at rear) -- [J. Fortune, Kingston (bookseller's label)].

    FIRST OCTAVO EDITION of this posthumous work edited by William Ouseley, the 4to. edition appearing earlier the same year. Under the patronage of Muhammed Ali Pasha, and using his own knowledge of Arabic and Koranic law 'to assume the Muselman character', Burckhardt entered Mecca in 1814 and stayed for three months. According to William Leake, his journals 'transmitted ... the most accurate and complete account of the Hedjaz, including the cities of Mekka and Medina, which had ever been received in Europe' (preface, p. iv). Blackmer 239; Howgego Exploration 1800 to 1850, B-76. (2)


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