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Travels through Arabia, and other countries in the East [.]. Translated into English by Robert Heron. With notes by the translator [.].
Edinburgh, printed for R. Morison and son, Perth; G. Mudie, Edinburgh; and T. Vernor, London, 1792. - 2 volumes. 8vo in 4s. With 10 full-page plates and 3 folding maps: of Yemen (605 x 400 mm), the Red Sea (785 x 230 mm) and the Persian Gulf (250 x 310 mm). XX, "454" [= 408], [2]; XII, "439" [= 437] [3 blank] pp. Early 19th-century gold-tooled sheepskin (decorated in a so-called "tree marbled" pattern), Stormont marbled endpapers. First edition in English of Niebuhr's excellent account of his travels in the Middle East, Egypt, Persia, India and Arabia, the first scientific expedition to this area, subsidised by the Danish king. Of the five scientists, Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) was the sole survivor, and his work represents an important contribution to the study of the Middle East. The maps Niebuhr drew in the course of the expedition were remarkably detailed and accurate. Indeed, his map of Yemen was the first exact map of the area ever, remaining the standard for the next 200 years. The volumes include authentic descriptions of life and customs in Yemen, Oman and elsewhere, with detailed descriptions of Mecca and Medina, Sana'a and Mocha as well as several references to coffee and coffeehouses. The first volume was adapted from Niebuhr's Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien (1774) and the second from his Beschreibung von Arabien (1772). Each volume with modern bookplate on pastedown. In good condition with some browning and soiling, and each map with a small tear. The bindings show some light wear, with the spine-label of the first volume slightly damaged, otherwise also in very good condition. English edition of a reliable and influential account of Arabia. ESTC T51605. Howgego, to 1800, N24. Hünersdorff, p. 1081. Weber II, 550. Cf. Atabey 873-874 (other eds). Hamilton 48 (French edition). [Attributes: First Edition]
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