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French mission to Mount Carmel, with a portrait of the Emir

ARVIEUX, Laurent d'; Gerard KUIPERS (transl.).
Reis naar de legerplaats van den grooten Emir, en beschrijving, van de zeeden en gewoonten, der woestyn-bewoonende Arabieren ... Uit het Fransch vertaald en met aanteekeningen vermeerderd door G. Kuipers ...
Utrecht, Henricus van Otterloo, 1780. 8vo. With engraved title-page with a vignette by De Vries (a female figure reading from "H[eilige] Schriftuur" (Holy Scripture) with 4 putti and in the background a desert scene with tents, camels and dozens of mostly dark-skinned people, apparently representing nomads), 3 full-page engraved plates by Izaak de Wit Jansz., an engraved half-page illustration (unsigned), headpieces built up from rococo typographic ornaments and woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary half tree calf, gold-tooled spine with red morocco label, shell-marbled sides. [6], XL, 384, [16] pp.
€ 2,500
First Dutch edition of D'Arvieux's Voyage ... vers le grand Emir, translated and annotated by Gerard Kuipers. Well-versed in Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Hebrew and Syriac languages and dressed in local costume, D'Arvieux travelled widely in the Levant. He resided in Sidon (or Saïda) in Lebanon (then under Ottoman rule) from 1653 to 1664, when he was sent on a mission to the Arabs of Mount Carmel in Palestine, which is narrated in the present work. The account includes a general description of the traditions and customs of nomadic tribes and is illustrated with 3 fine plates, showing an Arabian horseman, the Emir and the Emir's wife. It was first edited and posthumously published by Jean La Roque in 1717.
Slightly browned, 2 conjugate leaves detached, binding shows some wear, otherwise in very good condition. Tiele, Bibl. 55; cf. Atabey 38; Blackmer 50 (both 1st French ed.).
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