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[LA ROQUE, Jean de.]
A Voyage to Arabia Foelix through the Eastern Ocean and the Streights of the Red-Sea, being the First made by the French in the Years 1708, 1709, and 1710.
London: for E. Symon,, 1732. Octavo (194 x 115 mm). 19th-century speckled half calf, rebound to style with spine laid down, low bands between gilt fillets to spine forming compartments, brown morocco label, marbled sides, endpapers renewed. With 2 folding plates of the coffee tree to rear. With the initial approbation leaf. Light browning, occasional marginal soiling, small marginal hole to sig. K6, the text unaffected, second plate repaired verso. A very good copy. Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41, then on to the Levant bringing back coffee and coffee-making equipment, "which he kept for his own use in Turkey [and which] passed then for a real curiosity in France." It remained as such "until 1699 when emissaries of Sultan Mohammed IV came to Paris bringing with them sacks of the curious bean. By the time the ambassadors departed in May 1670 coffee-drinking had become widespread..." (Howgego). La Roque had made an extensive study of Oriental languages, but had never travelled further than the Levant, however he saw an article in "the new Mercury printed at Trevoux" (To the Reader, p.vii) which gave an account of a voyage of 1708-10 to Arabia, and "desirous to be better informed of that country" made contact with the commander of the voyage, Godefroy de la Merveille. The present accou … [Click Below for Full Description]
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