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NIEBUHR, Carsten (1733--1815 )
[Beschreibung von Arabien. French. 1774]
Description de l'Arabie, faite sur des observations propres et des avis recueillis dans les lieux mêmes par Carsten Niebuhr.
À Amsterdam: chez S.J. Baalde, à Utrecht chez J. van Schoonhoven & Comp., 1774.
xlii, 372, [14] p. XXIV pl. (5 fold.), [1] letterpress geneal. table, [1] fold. map : engr. t.-p. ; 27.0 cm. (4º)

Niebuhr was a German surveyor and the sole survivor of the Danish party of five specialists sent to explore Egypt, Arabia, and Syria in 1761. His research is one of the most authoritative descriptions of Arabia, and the Yemen in particular. His account of the Royal Danish Expedition of 1761--1767 appeared in two versions. The first account appeared in 1772 as Beschreibung von Arabien (Kopenhagen, Nicolaus Möller), which was republished in 1773 in a fuller version under the title Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien und andern umliegenden Ländern (Kopenhagen, Nicolaus Möller). F.L. Mourier's translation of Niebuhr's first Beschreibung first appeared in 1773 under Möller's imprint (Copenhague: chez Nicolas Möller, imprimeur); this is its second edition. The plates of this edition were engraved by N. van der Meer, jun., C.J. de Huyser, Th. Koning and C. Philips Jacobz. Pages xvii and xxix are misnumbered xii and xxxi respectively.

Copy Notes Bought from Robert Faulder on 9 May 1806 in a uniform-bound set with the same author's Voyage en Arabie & en d'autres pays circonvoisins, 2 vols, Amsterdam 1776--1780 (q.v.), and Johann David Michaelis's Recueil de questions, proposées à une Société de Savans, qui ... font le voyage de l'Arabie, Amsterdam 1774 (q.v.), for 6 guineas. (Spiers Box. Misc. Booksellers).

Binding C18th half calf, sprinkled-paper boards, gilt roll-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label. Uniform with the copies of Niebuhr's Voyage en Arabie, 1776 and Michaelis's Recueil de questions, 1774.

Reference Number 375


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