Description de l’Arabie d’apres les Observations et Recherches faites dans le pays meme.

  • Niebuhr, Carsten
  • A Copenhague [Copenhagen]: Chez Nicolas Möller 1773


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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.

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