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Beschryving van het koningryk en de stadt Algiers, met den tegenwoordigen staat dier regeeringe, landt- en zeemagt, inkomsten, staatswetten, werreltlyk recht en koophandel. Including: Lyst der schepen, welke sedert den 24 december 1715, tot het einde des jaars 1724 door de Algiersche roovers van den staat der Vereenigde Nederlanden genomen zyn. Amsterdam, Marten Schagen, 1725. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With engraved title-page, folding engraved map of Algeria, folding engraved view and a folding engraved bird's eye view of Algiers. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled boards, gold-tooled board edges.
- Cat. NHSM, p. 201; STCN (8 copies); Tiele, Bibl. 644; WorldCat (6 copies?); cf. Playfair 220; not in Blackmer. Rare first and only edition of the Dutch translation of an influential description of Algeria, published in the same year as the original French, and expanded here with a detailed list of 73 Dutch ships captured by Algerian pirates. Algeria was at this time nominally ruled by the Ottoman Empire, but retained a great deal of independence in practice. After more than a century as a French colony (1830-1954/62) it regained its independence and is now a member of the Arab League, the United Nations and a founding member of the Maghreb Union. The work begins with a description of the various in habitants, including separate chapters on the Arabic and Turkish populations, followed by chapters on its architecture, military, navy, politics, slavery, trade etc.It was written by the Jacques Philippe Laugier de Tassy, a former diplomat in Algeria and at this date commissioner of the French navy and consul in the Netherlands. It was translated into English as A complete history of the piratical states of Barabry, a title that emphasized the notorious Algerian pirates.With owner's inscription. A good copy; some minor thumbing, a couple smudges and the bird's eye view has some restorations. Binding slightly rubbed along the extremities and some restorations to the spine, but otherwise good.
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