GALLAND, Julien Claude. Recueil des Rits et Cérémonies du Pelerinage de la Mecque, auquel on a joint divers Ecrits relatifs à la Relgion, aux Sciences & aux Moeurs des Turcs. Amsterdam and Paris: Desaint and Saillant, 1754.
8° (160 x 95mm). Half-title, wood-engraved head- and tailpieces. (Title and a few leaves lightly browned, occasional light spots, minor marginal tear.) Contemporary mottled calf gilt (extremities rubbed, light wear to corners). Provenance: François Charles Hugues Laurent Pouqueville (ownership inscription, front endpaper).
POUQUEVILLE'S COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION OF GALLAND'S IMPORTANT WORK ON MECCA. Also published in German three years later, the work comprises five essays, including three translations from Arabic and Turkish authorities, and two eye-witness accounts, of Chios, dated 10 February 1747, and of Sultana Esma's marriage to the Governor of Silistria, Yakub Pasha. Galland, an interpreter in the Levant, was a nephew of Antoine Galland (1646-1715), the orientalist. The present copy belonged to the writer, voyager and philhellenist, François Pouqueville (1770-1838), whose first work on Greece and parts of the Ottoman Empire was published in 1805. Trained in medicine, Pouqueville was part of the French expedition to Egypt, was captured on his return to Italy in 1798, and imprisioned in both Tripolis and Constantinople. Writing an account in France in 1801 of his experiences in the Levant, Pouqueville was appointed consul at Ioannina in 1805, where he associated with Ali Pasha. Blackmer 643.