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Adventures of a woman in the Middle East

[CHÈVREMONT, Jean Baptiste de].
Histoire et les avantures de Kemiski Georgienne.
Brussels, François Foppens, 1697. 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece, Contemporary calf.
€ 3,500
First edition of the first European rendition of a Middle Eastern story. The author, the abbot of Chèvremont (1640-1702), was a lover of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, especially Georgia. He first wrote another travel book about this region titled La connaissance du monde, voyages orientaux (Paris, 1695). The present Histoire et les avantures de Kemiski Georgienne is the sequel to that first story. In 1702 he published his L'etat actuel de la Pologne, a lengthy description of Poland.Maria Kemiski was a Georgian woman who first appeared in the writings of Mehemet Reis Effendi "one of the greatest minds of Asia". Kemiski was a great beauty, who travelled with the son of the Cherif of Mecca, Alekes, throughout the Middle East. They visited Messina, Morea, Mecca, Turkey and other Arabian lands.
With the bookplate of Antoine M. Bélard by R. Thiolloère on paste-down and his name stamped on title-page. Tiny corner torn from the frontispiece (just shaving the border), tiny tear at the foot of the title-page, but internally otherwise in good condition, with just a some occasional spots. Binding worn, hinges weak.
Hayn-Gotendorf III, 536; about Maria Kemiski: Groot algemeen historisch, geografisch, genealogisch, en oordeelkundig woorden-boek 1733. V, p. 78.
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