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études Géographiques et Historiques sur l'Arabie...

JOMARD M. (1839.)

£2000.00 

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First separate edition. Two folding maps. 8vo. Quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt; extremities of spine a touch rubbed, some spotting to the maps, very good otherwise. 272, xxxvii, [1]blank pp. Paris, Librairie de Firmin Didot frères,

The first separate edition of Jomard's contribution to Felix Mengin's Histoire Sommaire de l'Egypte... (published in 1839, Histoire Sommaire... was a continuation of Mengin's 1823 work on Muhammad Ali of Egypt).

Composed of two parts, the first concerns the 'Asir region of Saudi Arabia, which is the subject of the first folding map. It provides the most detailed geographical description of the region for the period and extensive notes on the inhabitants. Jomard's focus on 'Asir is unsurprising, as the region along with Najd "seemed destined to become hotbeds of renewed resistance to the proclaimed pan-Arab projects of the pasha of Egypt" (p.147. Bonacina, G. The Wahhabis seen through European Eyes. Brill, 2015) and was therefore a potential barrier to French colonial enterprise.

The second part concerns the geography (and history) of Central Arabia more generally, as does the second folding map. The latter shows the Arabian Peninsula and moves toward a better delineation of the Gulf Coast. 

Rare, with no copy coming up at auction for over ten years. 

Provenance: The Library of the Ducs de Luynes from the Château of Dampierre.

Stock Code: 225724