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An Account of the Empire of Marocco, and the District of Suse;
London: for the author by W. Bulmer and Co.,, 1809. Compiled from miscellaneous observations made during a long residence in, and various journies through, these countries. To which is added, an accurate and interesting account of Timbuctoo, the great emporium of central Africa. Quarto (265 x 207). Contemporary half roan, marbled sides, triple fillets gilt to spine forming compartments, titles to second and date to foot gilt, remaining compartments stamped in blind, marbled edges and endpapers. Housed in a custom brown sheep slipcase. 11 aquatint plates after Jackson by Stadler, of which 2 hand-coloured as issued and 5 folding; 2 engraved folding maps, of Morocco and of caravan routes across the Sahara. Sides lightly rubbed, spine and corners skilfully refurbished and front inner hinge expertly repaired, mild marginal foxing to prelims and earlier leaves, light offsetting from a few plates, engraved maps slightly spotted, map frontispiece bound facing p. 137. A very good copy. First edition of "one of the best pieces of travel literature about the country" (Chtatou, "Morocco in English Travel Literature: A Look at J. G. Jackson's Account" in North African Studies, Volume 1, 1996, Issue 1, p. 59). Jackson, a British merchant, spent sixteen years in Morocco, originally at Agadir, where he was appointed Dutch agent, and then Mogador (Essaouira), before returning to England on the death of his business partner, one A. Layton. He witnessed the end of the reign of Muhammad III (r. 1757-1790) and the ensuing civil war between his sons Mawlay Yazid (r. 1790-1792) and Mawlay Sulayman (also Slimane, r. 1792-1822), as well the plague that decimated the region's population between 1799 and 1800. In the preface he contrasts his own lengthy sojourn, in which he appears to have more or less gone "native" in terms of language and dress, with contemporaries including Hornemann, Parkes and Lemprière, who, "however faithfully he may relate what passes under his own eye is, nevertheless from his situation, and usual short stay, unable to collect any satisfactory information respecting the country in general, and what he does collect, is too often from some illiterate interpreter" (Preface). Chapter cover local geography, natural resources, towns, customs, as well as local Arabic and Berber dialects. Particularly valuable are his accounts of North African commerce and Jewish communities. The atmospheric plates include natural history subjects and attractive views of Mogador (now Essaouira), the Atlas Mountains and the plains of Akkurmute and Jibbel Heddid.
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