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 (1738.)
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Fourth edition, corrected, with additions. 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). 24mo. Later marbled paper boards, a little rubbed, the more so on spine where only a fragment of the original label remains. Two closed tears to the 'Mecca' plate, (650 and 700mm) both neatly repaired. Corners worn. Very good otherwise. xxiv, 259pp. London, Pr. for T. Longman and R. Hett,
"I question whether there be a Man now in England, who has ever been at Mecca" (p.viii).
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, considered Pitts's travels of sufficient worth for extensive quotation in his Pilgrimage.
cf. Macro, 1816 (recording a third edition of 1731); not in Atabey.
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