Letters on Egypt, by SAVARY, Claude Etienne (1750-1788).

SAVARY, Claude Etienne (1750-1788).

Letters on Egypt, with a Parallel between the Manners of its ancient and modern Inhabitants, the present State, the Commerce, the Agriculture, and Government of that Country; and an Account of the Descent of St. Lewis at Damietta: extracted from Joinville and Arabian Authors. Illustrated with Maps. By Mr. Savary, author of the Life of Mahomet, and Translator of the Coran. In two volumes. Vol. I [-II]. London, Robinson, 1786.

First Edition in English. Two volumes, 8vo (210 x 120 mm), pp. xxiv, 567; xxxv, [i], 595, with two large folding maps and one large folding plan of the Great Pyramid, some foxing and browning in text, in contemporary mottled calf, bindings a little tired, worn at extremities, and spines splitting down the middle spines ruled and numbered in gilt, red morocco label (one missing) lettered in gilt, with the contemporary ownership inscription of John Warren.

The first English translation of Savary’s travels in Egypt undertaken between 1776 and 1779 which became an indispensable tool for travellers well in to the nineteenth century. Savary was a scholar of some note and the present account adds a wealth of quotations from Arabic sources to the more accessible tourist account.

ESTC n2790.

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