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Savary, Claude-Etienne
Lettres sur l'EGYPTE (3 vols. printed on Fine Paper) + Lettres sur la GRECE + Les Amours d'Anas-Eloujoud et Ouardi (printed on Fine Paper) + Le CORAN / La VIE DE MAHOMET (3 works in 2 vols.)
Paris and Mecca: 1783. Hardcover. Dates: 1783-1799. 6 volumes, large 8vo. Contemporary French red morocco, smooth spines lettered direct, all edges gilt (some wear to binding extremities, spines a little darkened). Very good. ¶ These volumes include all of Savary's accounts of his traveld to Egypt and Greece, plus his very important translation of the Koran from the Arabic into French, with a biography of Mohamed; the present set was beautifully bound in the late 18th- or very early 19th-century. ¶ Claude-Etienne Savary (1750-1788) was an orientalist, pioneer of Egyptology and translator of Koran. In 1776 he departed for Egypt, and after having remained successively in Alexandria and Cairo, he explored (for nearly two years) several islands of Greece and the Archipelago, in particular those of Rhodes. Savary provided many details concerning the daily life of the population. A fluent speaker of Arabic, Savary's sensitive and vibrant account is a contrast striking with the austere description by Volney which appeared two years later. Savary's was the first literary voyage in Egypt, undertaken long before Chateaubriand, Lamartine or Flaubert. CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION: ¶ LETTRES SUR L'EGYPTE; Ou l'on offre le parallele des miurs anciennes et modernes de ses habitans, ou l'on decrit l'etat, le commerce, l'agriculture, le gouvernement et la religion du pays, la descente de S. Louis a Damiette, tiree de Joinville et des auteurs arabes, et l'histoire interessante d'Ali Bey et de ses successeurs. Paris: Bleuet jeune, Paris An VII (1798). 8vo. Three volumes. 2 ff., xvi, 398 pp.; 2 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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