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Dagverhaal eener reize van Bassora na Bagdad, en verder door de kleine woestyne van Arabie, na Aleppo, enz. in Italie.Including: VASLIN. Brieven enz. van den heere Vaslin. consul te Alexandrie.Amsterdam, J. Yntema, 1787. 8vo. With folding engraved map (22 x 38 cm) showing the route from Basra to Aleppo highlighted in red. Modern red half morocco.
- WorldCat (5 copies); cf. Hachicho, "Travel books about the Arab Near East in the eighteenth century", in: Die Welt des Islams, vol. 9 (1964), no. 1/4, pp. 69-70; not in Atabey; Blackmer; Tiele. Very rare first and only Dutch edition of Samuel Evers's A journal, kept on a journey from Bassora to Bagdad (1784). Evers was a lieutenant in the East India Company, serving in India. In 1779 he decided to leave the Company and to return to England. Rather than sailing directly to England, he sailed through the Persian Gulf to Basra and continued by boat to Baghdad, then crossed the desert to Aleppo, continuing to Cyprus, Rhodes and through Italy to England. On his return he anonymously published a narrative of the journey. It includes noteworthy descriptions of Baghdad and Aleppo with accounts of their government, inhabitants, caravanserais, etc.The present Dutch translation is augmented with numerous annotations by the translator and a 2-page letter by Vaslin, Dutch consul in Alexandria, on the French admiral and diplomat Laurent Truguet. It further includes the text of two treaties between France and Egypt, both negotiated by Truguet, concerning the free passage of French ships through the Red Sea to Suez and the safeguard of French merchants in Suez.Bookplate on back of half-title and two library stamps on title-page (one embossed). In very good condition and only slightly trimmed. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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