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Description de l'Arabie, d'apres les observations et recherches faites dans le pays même. - NIEBUHR, Carsten.
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Description de l'Arabie, d'apres les observations et recherches faites dans le pays même. - used book

1837, ISBN: fabc686b29dacf44e307d6285e68dbae

ID: 1162269830

Paris: Chez Brunet,, 1779. Nouvelle Édition, revue & corrigée. 2 volumes bound as one, small quarto (254 x 184 mm). Early 20th century sheep bound to style, decorative gilt spine, red morocco label, yellow edges, endleaves renewed. With 25 engraved plates (complete) of which 7 are maps (6 folding), plate XVI ("Exercises militaires des Arabes d'Yémen", loosely inserted) present, and with the folding genealogical table for the ruling house of Yemen (not in list of plates); wood-engraved head and tail-pieces. Front joint a little rubbed, scattered foxing and light toning, neatly repaired closed-tear to folding map of the Red Sea, a very good copy. Second French edition, revised and corrected from the first complete French edition of 1776-80; originally published in German at Copenhagen (1772-8), a French translation of just the first part being issued there in 1772. The final section of Niebuhr's account covering Syria and Palestine, and edited from his papers by his daughter, was not published until 1837. The prefatory note states that the distinguished orientalist Joseph de Guignes was called in to oversee the text and correct the "gross faults" of the original edition; also that the plates and maps were entrusted to the "best artists" and newly engraved, these include costume, inscriptions, views of the Great Mosque (al-Haram) at Mecca and the Prophet's Mosque (Al-Masjid an-Nabawi) at Medina and two leaves from the Qur'an. This is the sole eyewitness account of the 1761-7 Danish expedition to Arabia, the first great scientific expedition to the Middle East, by its only survivor, the German-born surveyor Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815). The first volume is an abridged translation of Niebuhr's Beschreibung von Arabien (1772), a description of the original expedition to Yemen. The second excerpts his Reisebeschreibung von Arabien und andern umliegenden Ländern (1774-8), and is almost entirely devoted to the peoples of Arabia and the Persian Gulf, with a brief relation of his return journey from India via Muscat and the Gulf to Bushire, and thence overland to Europe. The expedition, originally intended to "illustrate certain passages of the Old Testament … rapidly blossomed into a full-fledged scientific expedition", comprising six members (Howgego). The party left Copenhagen in early 1761, travelling via Constantinople to Alexandria and spending a year in Egypt, ascending the Nile and exploring Sinai. They then crossed from Suez to Jeddah and sailed down the Arabian coast to al-Luhayyah in Yemen, making frequent landfalls, before continuing overland to Sana'a via Mocha, with two members of the party dying en route. On returning to Mocha, the remaining four collapsed with fever and were put on a ship bound for Bombay, with only Niebuhr surviving the sea voyage. He remained in India until late 1764, when he sailed for Muscat, eventually reaching Copenhagen in November 1767, and receiving financial assistance to compile the Beschreibung, which has long been considered one of the classic accounts of the geography, people, antiquities and archaeology of the Arabian Peninsula and wider Middle East, with maps which "remained in use for over 100 years" (ibid.) The second volume is one of the most detailed accounts of the Arabian Peninsula in the 18th century. In addition to chapters on the Hejaz, the Nejd, Yemen, and Oman, and general accounts of Arabian culture, religion, science, and natural history, there is much valuable information on today's Gulf states, including a remarkable section on the "Principality of Seer" (pp. 123-4): a "sovereignty extend[ing] along the Persian Gulph" and encompassing "Dsjulfar" (Julfar, a former name for Ra's al-Khaymah), and "Scharedsje" (Sharjah). The "Prince of Seer", whose navy is "one of the most considerable in the Persian Gulf", is evidently Shaykh Rashid bin Matar Al Qasimi (r. 1760-77), the second-recorded head of the Al Qasimi dynasty, the modern rulers of the emirates of Sharjah and Ra's al-Khaymah. The territory of the Al Qasimi tribe is clearly delineated in the map frontispiece of the first volume, which also accurately situates the "Beni Ass" — the Bani Yas, antecedents of the ruling family of Abu Dhabi — in their ancestral homeland around the Liwa oasis. There are similar sections on Kuwait (pp. 127-8) and Bahrain (pp. 152-3), making this a singularly important account of the Gulf in this still-obscure period., Paris: Chez Brunet, 1779

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Description de l’Arabie d’Après les Observations et Recherches Faites dans les Pays même. - Niebuhr, Carsten,
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Description de l’Arabie d’Après les Observations et Recherches Faites dans les Pays même. - First edition

1773, ISBN: fabc686b29dacf44e307d6285e68dbae

ID: 22404029170

Gebraucht, guter Zustand, [PU: Nicolas Moller, Copenhagen], ARABIA, YEMEN, TRAVEL, NATURAL HISTORY, BOTANY, COFFEE, ARABIAN PENINSULA, MIDDLE EAST NIEBUHR, CARSTEN., xliii, 372 pp., 18 engraved plates hors text, of which 4 folding, and 7 maps of which 6 folding, letter press genealogical folding table, half title, title vignettes, new spine, preserving original full calf boards, brittle and worn, contents generally clean with only infrequent light marginal foxing and soiling, all edges red, plates 4 and 5 lightly offset, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary stamp verso front cover and on title page, stamp of Rev. Luke V. McCabe on title page. The famous account of the Royal Danish expedition (1761-67) to the Arabian Peninsula, the first scientific expedition to this area sponsored by King Frederick V of Denmark, and from which Niebuhr returned as the only survivor. The expedition faced continuous physical hardship and danger from the moment it failed to leave Danish waters against winter storms, until the loss of all its members, except Niebuhr, as a result of malaria in Yemen. Nonetheless, the scientific discoveries that were made and the array of manuscripts that were recovered, aroused lasting interest among Europeans, curious to hear about a part of Arabia that had previously been closed off. The plates include illustrations of food, shoes, clothing, inscriptions, coins, agriculture, military exercises in the Yemen, the mosques of Mecca and Medina, and maps of Oman, the Arab Gulf, Suez and the Red Sea. Niebuhr was famous for his map of the Yemen (55 x 35 cm) which he calculated by traversing the country and measuring the distances mile by mile. It was the map of the Red Sea that contributed to the British in India re-routing their cargoes via the Suez instead of around Africa. For the next century this map served further European explorers of Arabia. His map of the Arab Gulf is the earliest map to mention Kuwait. Niebuhr is also one of the first to call the country Yemen instead of Arabia Felix. His work still forms one of the most authoritative descriptions of Arabia and in particular Yemen. The first edition appeared in German in Copenhagen in 1772, and soon after, this edition in French. The second French version is by an anonymous translator. "He was the first European to mention the spread of the Wahhabi revolution, an Islamic fundamentalist movement which had a tremendous influence on the history of Arabia" (Waldman, 1992). Bibliographic references: Brunet IV, 74; Cox I, 237; Gay 3389; Lipperheide Lc 6. Size: 4to.

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Description de l’Arabie, d’après les observations et recherches faites dans le pays meme. - NIEBUHR, Carsten
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Description de l’Arabie, d’après les observations et recherches faites dans le pays meme. - First edition

1774, ISBN: fabc686b29dacf44e307d6285e68dbae

Hardcover, ID: 30041145564

Gebraucht, guter Zustand, [PU: Amsterdam e Utrecht: S.J. Baalde e J. van Schoonhoven, 1774], Second FRENCH Edition. 25 engraved plates, plans & maps, 8 folding. The famous account of the Royal Danish expedition (1761-1767) to the Arabian Peninsula,the first scientific expedition to this area sponsored by King Frederick V of Denmark, and from which Niebuhr returned as the only survivor. Nonetheless, the scientific discoveries that were made, and the array of manuscripts that were recovered aroused lasting interest among Europeans curious to hear about part of Arabia that had previously been closed off. The plates include illustrations of food, shoes, clothing, inscriptions, coins, agriculture, military exercises in Yemen, the mosques of Makkah and Madinah, and maps of Oman, the Arab Gulf, Suez and the Red Sea. Niebuhr was famous in his map of the Yemen (55 x 35 cm) which he calculated by traversing the country and measuring the distances mile by mile. It was the map of the Red Sea that contributed to the British in India rerouting their cargoes via Suez instead of around Africa. For the next century this map served further European explorers of Arabia. His map of the Arab Gulf is the earliest map to mention Kuwait, and Niebuhr is also one of the first to call the country Yemen instead of Arabia Felix. Ships from U.A.E., Books

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Description De L'Arabie, D'Apres Les Observations et Recherches Faites dans le Pays Meme. - Niebuhr, M.
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Description De L'Arabie, D'Apres Les Observations et Recherches Faites dans le Pays Meme. - hardcover

1779, ISBN: fabc686b29dacf44e307d6285e68dbae

ID: 5008954895

Gebraucht, sehr guter Zustand, [PU: Brunet], TRAVEL, Two Volumes in One. New Editiion, Revised and Expanded. 4to (7 3/4 x 10 1/4 inches), contemporary full marbled leather, raised bands, red leather label, gilt spine decorations and lettering. Pp. (ii), 252; (iv), 315, (5), with 24 (of 25) folding maps and plates (lacks plate no. 3: "Habillement des Banians a Mekha"). Head of spine and upper front board near spine very lightly chipped. This is the third French edition. The first one was published in Copenhagen in 1773 and the second one was published in Utrecht in 1774, hence this is the first edition in the French language published in France itself. This copy includes the large folding map of Yemen, the long folding map of the Red Sea titled "Mare Rubrum sen Sinus Arabicus," and the map showing the bay of Suez, among others. The author was the only survivor of a party sent by the king of Denmark to survey and describe Arabia and the peninsula. The book also includes copies of Kufic manuscripts and illustrations and descriptions of important landmarks, buildings, and the people of Arabia, Egypt, Persia, and Hindustan. Binding tight, ffep loosening, 1 plate misfolded, a few pages with some light spotting, but overall the contents are clean. A very attractive copy. Chadenat 1941, Gay 3589.

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1815, ISBN: fabc686b29dacf44e307d6285e68dbae

ID: 1163907459

A Copenhague [Copenhagen]: Chez Nicolas Möller, 1773. FIRST FRENCH EDITION, 4to, pp. [ii], xliii, [iii], 372 + 25 engraved plates and maps (three with hand-colouring, a number of them folding) and 1 folding letterpress table. Contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. One plate (XXI) shaved at fore-edge, a touch of minor spotting. Leather worn (especially at joints) and showing insect damage, label mostly defective, cords weakening but boards held. Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) was the astronomer, naturalist, and sole survivor of the malaria-stricken Royal Danish expedition to Arabia in the 1760s. This, his first book, was initially published in German the previous year and contains a number of important maps and much significant information, including the first European mention of Wahhabism. The plates include depictions of the mosques at Mecca and Medina., Chez Nicolas Möller, 1773

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Publisher: Nicolas Moller

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