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NIEBUHR, Carsten (1733--1815)
[Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien und andern umliegenden Ländern. French. 1776]
Voyage en Arabie & en d'autres pays circonvoisins, par C. Niebuhr. ... Traduit de l'allemand.
À Amsterdam: chez S.J. Baalde, à Utrecht chez J. van Schoonhoven & Comp., 1776--1780.
2 vols ; 27.1 cm. (4º)
I: viii, [6], 409, [1] p., LXXII pl. (some fold.), [1] fold. hand-col. map : engr. t.-p.
II: vi, [10], 389, [1] p., , LII pl. (some fold.) : engr. t.-p.

This is the first edition of F.L. Mourier's translation of Niebuhr's Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien und andern umliegenden Ländern (Kopenhagen, Nicolaus Möller, 1774--78), his second, expanded account of the Royal Danish Expedition of 1761--1767 to the Arabian Peninsula. Niebuhr in fact reached the Persian coast, visited Persepolis and returned to Europe via Mesopotamia and Palestine; a third, supplementary volume published only in 1837 (Hamburg: bei Friedrich Perthes) describes Syria and Palestine. Colophon in both volumes: 'De l'imprimerie de Joh. Jos. Besseling, a Utrecht', dated 1775 and 1779 respectively. Imprint on title-page of vol. II reads: 'A Amsterdam chez S.J. Baalde, À Utrecht chez Barthelemy Wild.

Copy Notes With the itinerary misbound in vol. II. Bought from Robert Faulder on 9 May 1806 in a uniform-bound set with the same author's Description de l'Arabie, Amsterdam 1774 (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. Both volumes uniform with the copies of Niebuhr's Description de l'Arabie, 1774, and Michaelis's Recueil de questions, 1774.

Reference Number 370


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