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Beschreibung von Arabien. Aus eigenen Beobachtungen und im Lande selbst gesammelten Nachrichten abgefasset.
Copenhagen: Nicolaus Möller 1772. With titlevignette, vignette, 24 copperplates, genealogical table and 1 large folding map. XLVII + [3] + 431 + [1] pp. Well-preserved copy with wide margin and yellow edges bound in contemporary halfleather with coloured label and golddecorations on spine. Binding weakly marked of use. * Carsten Niebuhr was a student at the University of Göttingen. Professor J.H. Michaëlis, employed there, recommended Niebuhr to J.H.E. Bernstorff who in cooporation with the Danish government was planning an expedition to Arabia. Michaëlis regarded Niebuhr as very qualified for the task of participating as astronomer and natural historian. On the 7th of January 1761 the members of the expedition took off. They included Niebuhr, the philologist F.V. von Haven, the Swedish natural scientist Peter Forskål, the doctor C.C. Kramer and the engraver Baurenfeind. The first stop was Istanbul where they stayed for a long while before sailing to Alexandria where they stayed for nearly one year. During the stay in Egypt they made important archeologic, geographic and natural historic investigations there and on Sinai. On the 29th December 1762 they arrived in Djedda. In May 1763 F.V. von Haven and Peter Forskål died from exhaustion caused by travel complications and the unfamiliar climate. Niebuhr became leader of the expedition. During the following eight months Niebuhr traveled through Yemen, being the first European in that area. In order to survive and to protect the collected items, the party had to leave Mekka and move on to Bombay. Baurenfeind died on the way and Kramer soon after. After 14 months in Bombay Niebuhr started his journey back. On the way he visited the ruined town Persepolis where he made drawings of the most important relics and copied cuneiforms. In November he finally reached Denmark, being the only surviving member of the Arabic expedition. His copied cuneiforms were studied by Rasmus Rask and other philologists when deciphering the cuneiform alphabet.
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