A Faithful Account of the Religion and manners of the Mahometans. In which is a particular relation of their pilgrimage to Mecca, the place of Mahomet's birth, and a Description of Medina, and of his Tomb there: As likewise of Algier, and the Country adjacent; and of Alexandria, Grand Cairo &c. With an account of the Author's being taken captive; the Turks Cruelty to him, and of his escape. 

PITTS Joseph (1731.)


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Third edition. 2 engraved folding plates (one of these described on the title page as ‘a Map of Mecca’ but in fact constituting a panoramic view and plan of the Temple). 12mo. Later green cloth, gilt, a little dampstained. xxiv, 260, 4ads pp. London, Osborn & Longman,

The first illustrated edition, one of the plates being a folded depiction of the Kaaba. The two earlier editions were both printed in Pitts's home town of Exeter. In the Preface the author explains : " I was very unwilling to reprint my book; but I have been informed, that there hath been great demmand for it ( especially in London) and that it is the best account of the mahometan religion... several have been urgent with me to have it printed at London... upon this I endeavoured to recollect some things which had slipt me in the first edition... "

Pitts, who was captured by Barbary pirates, was the second european and the first Englishman to visit Mecca, which he did quite legally as a pilgrim having converted to Islam (he was forced to apostatise) while the slave of an Algerine merchant. He gives a valuable, if somewhat prejudiced, picture of the Middle East in which he includes an account of coffee. Richard Burton, some one hundred and fifty years later, considers Pitts’s travels of sufficient worth for extensive quotation in his Pilgrimage.

Macro, 1816; not in Atabey.

Stock Code: 198033

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