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MÃ©moires sur l'Ã‰gypte ancienne et moderne, - ANVILLE, Jean Baptiste Bour - 1766. 
Paris: Imprimerie Royale,, 1766. suivis d'une description du golfe Arabique ou de la mer Rouge. Quarto (250 x 180 mm). Contemporary catspaw calf, raised bands to spine forming compartments gilt with repeating floral design, red morocco label to second, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Woodcut vignette title page, 7 maps of which 6 folding. Joints and board-edges lightly rubbed, lower outer corners worn, occasional mild browning to contents, bookplate effaced from front pastedown, faint library stamp to title, plan of Alexandria with short closed tear along fold, first part of Arabian Gulf map with faint staining and a short closed tear to fore edge, second part loose, faintly marked and with a short closed tear along fold. A very good, crisp and wide-margined copy in a pleasing contemporary binding. First edition of this valuable work by the royal geographer to Louis XVI, containing a number of his most important maps, including his map of the Arabian Gulf, spread across two sheets, called by Tibbets "the first really modern map of Arabia"; "Drawing on earlier sources, d'Anville describes the geography of Egypt, the Red Sea and the Hejaz, making particular use of the work of Pococke, Norde and the PÃ¨re Sicard. The map of the Hejaz (part I of the map of the Red Sea (Golfe Arabique) is of especial interest for its placement of the holy cities and for its inset plan of the port of Jeddah" (Atabey). D'Anville was, furthermore, the "first geographer to make accurate maps of Egypt" (Blackmer). Highly uncommon institutionally for a work of such significance: Copac locates only the Oxford University copy in British and Irish libraries, with OCLC adding five worldwide.
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