London, South Kensington
16 February 2006
EGYPT -- Claude Etienne SAVARY. Lettres sur l' Egypte. Paris: chez Onfroi, 1785-86. 3 volumes, 8° (200 x 120mm). 4 folding engraved maps (a few spots and repairs). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt with red morocco lettering-pieces (rubbed and scuffed, joints at foot of vol. III worn). FIRST EDITION. Blackmer 1492: "His description of Egypt ... became the manual for scholarly travellers to the country. Savary's work is particularly interesting because ... he was the first Frenchman to cite Arab texts"; Hilmy II, 214.
With 10 other works on Egypt in 14 volumes including Dominique Vivant Denon's Travels in Upper and Lower Egypt (London, 1803, 2 vols., engraved plates, without the atlas vol.), James Augustus St. John's Egypt, and Mohammed Ali (London, 1834, 2 vols., rebound) and semitischen Sprachstamm (Leipzig, 1844). The lot sold not subject to return.
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