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NIEBUHR Carstens
Voyage en Arabie & en d'autres Pays circonvoisins. Traduit de l'Allemand
1776-1780. First French edition. 2 vols. With 22 maps (including a large folding map of Yemen) and 103 engraved plates (31 folding). 4to. Contemporary full red morocco, the spines elaborately gilt, with contrasting lettering pieces and gilt decorated compartments, the boards with lines ruled in gilt and inner gilt dentelles, a.e.g.; joints, caps and corners professionally repaired, gilt decoration re-touched in places. A beautiful copy. viii, vi [table], 409 [imprint on verso], vi, x [table], 389 [imprint on verso] pp. Amsterdam, S.J. Baalde, and Utrecht, J. van Schoonhoven [Vol. II Barthelemy Wild], 1776- The less common of the two works by Niebuhr, being a translation of his Reisbeschreibung. This is a more or less straightforward account of his expedition, and is the best topographical account of Yemen published in the eighteenth century. ?After stopping in Istanbul the members reached Egypt in 1761. Early in 1763 they were in Yemen, where both the Danish philologist, Frederick Christian von Haven, and the botanist Petrus Forskal died of malaria? (Hamilton). The doctor Cramer and the draughtsman Baurenfield also perished during the expedition. Niebuhr who by now spoke good colloquial Arabic was treated most hospitably in Arabia and found travel there safer than in Europe. He returned to Europe via the Persian Gulf after having visited India. ?In the course of the journey Niebuhr made the first detailed and reliable maps of the Nile Delta, the northern part of the Red Sea, Oman and the Yemen? (Hamilton). He also made a lasting contribution through his painstaking transcri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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