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CAILLIAUD, Frédéric.
Voyage a Méroé, au fleuve blanc, au-delà de fâzoql dans le midi du royaume de Sennâr, a Syouah et dans cinq autres oasis; fait dans les années 1819, 1820, 1821 et 1822, ... Dédié au roi.Paris, Debure, Tillard and Treuttel & Wurtz, 1826-1827. 4 text volumes (8vo) and 1 atlas volume in 2 parts (folio). With woodcut vignette on title-pages, and 12 full-page hand-coloured costume plates and 150 full-page lithographs in the atlas volume. Contemporary half calf, gold- and blind-tooled spine, marbled edges.
[4], XV, [1], 429 pp; [4], 442 pp; [4], 431, [1] pp; [4], 416 pp; [32], [150], [20], [150] pp.First edition of Cailliaud's narrative of his second journey through Egypt, Ethiopia and Nubia (Sudan), "still today an inestimable source of documentation. Caill[i]aud discovered the pyramids of Bergrawiya (Meroe) in 1821 and published the first detailed map of Nubia" (Bardeschi). He first travelled to the oasis of Siwa, where he got word that in Cairo Ismail Pasha was preparing a punitive expedition to Nubia. Cailliaud promptly proceeded to Cairo, where he joined Ismail's party. In Nubia he explored the famous ruins of the ancient city of Meroë and then travelled by boat to Sennar. Proceeding further south along the Blue Nile, the expedition reached Fazogl, near the Ethiopian border, where Cailliaud searched for gold mines. The party returned to Sennar, where Ismail received a message from his father demanding his return to Egypt.Cailliaud's narrative includes vocabularies of the languages spoken in Syouah, Qamâmyl and Dongolah, a list of towns in French and Arabic, a translation and explanation of Greek inscriptions, an extensive description of a mummy, descriptions of Egyptian painting, tables with meteorological observations and descriptions of objects of natural history. A few restorations. In very good condition.l Bardeschi, Nubia bibliography, p. 11; Blackmer 270; Howgego, 1800-1850, C1; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 113.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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