5 April 2016
NIEBUHR, Carsten (1722-1815). Ferdinand Louis MOURIER, translator. Description de l’Arabie, d’aprés les observations et recherches faites dans le pays même. Paris: Brunet, 1779.
2 volumes in one, 4° (257 x 198 mm). Half-titles. 25 engraved plates, maps and plans (10 folding), one letterpress folding table. (Some light spotting or browning, a few folding plates with short tears in gutter, short marginal tear last leaf.) Contemporary catspaw calf gilt, spine gilt, red morocco lettering-piece, marbled edges (some light wear to joints and extremities). Provenance: La Brosse (stamp on half-title).
Third French edition. “Niebuhr, though German born, took part as astronomer and naturalist in the Royal Danish expedition to Arabia, 1763-37. His accounts are probably the best and most authentic of their day. Though Arabia was his chief concern, his travels extended into Egypt, Persia, and Hindustan” (Cox). His was the first European attempt to offer a complete account of Arabia, and was very popular – two previous editions of Mourier’s translation were published in 1773 and 1774. Brunet IV: 74; Cox I, p.237.
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