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Voyages de Mons'r Shaw M.D.

Dans plusieurs provinces de la Barbarie et du Levant: Contenant des Observations Geographiques, Physiques, Philologiques et Melees sur les Royaumes D'Alger et de Tunis sur La Syrie, L'Egypte et L'Arabie Petree avec des Cartes et des Figures

Volume One

By Thomas Shaw

1743 - The Hague, Jean Neaulme

10" by 8", xliv, 414pp plus plates

 


 

DETAILS

Volume one of a scarce french translation of Thomas Shaw's greatest work

First French Edition

Volume One only of two containing most of the plates for the whole work.

The complete work fetches around 3000.

Translated from the original into French

Bound in  half leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering

In 1720, Thomas Shaw  (16941751), was appointed chaplain to the English factory at Algiers at a salary of 100 per annum. During his time there he travelled widely, to Egypt, Sinai, Cyprus, and the Holy Land in 17212 and to Tunis and Carthage in 1727, as well as making various excursions into the interior of Barbary (Algiers, Tripoli, and Morocco). In Barbary travel was comparatively safe, but in Aqabah he was stripped naked by robbers, and while travelling with 6000 pilgrims to Jerusalem he was seized and held to ransom. However, with a body capable of bearing the fatigues of travelling united to a mind rich in most kinds of human learning (European Magazine, 19, 1791, 83), in all these regions he made careful observations of the geography, natural history, customs, and antiquities. In 1733, having married Joanna, the widow of his friend and benefactor, Edward Holden, consul at Algiers, Shaw returned to England. Elected a fellow of Queen's in 1727, he became doctor of divinity in 1734 and was presented to the vicarage of Godshill, Isle of Wight. He was also elected a fellow of the Royal Society on 13 June 1734, having contributed to their Philosophical Transactions of 1729, through Sir Hans Sloane, with A geographical description of the kingdom of Tunis.

Four years later Shaw published Travels, or, Observations Relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant (1738), which included maps, plates, lists of animals, plants (about 640 species), fossils, coins, and inscriptions, and a copious index. He had engaged the botanist Johann Jakob Dillenius to catalogue his flora. Dedicated to George II, the book also acknowledged the generous patronage of Queen Caroline. The bibliophile Thomas Dibdin called the work a safe inmate of a well-chosen collection and exhorted Fly, fly, to secure it (Library Companion, 1824, 2.48). It was especially admired for the illustrations of natural history, of classical authors, and of the scriptures. Gibbon honourably excepts him from the crowd of blind travellers (E. Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chap. 24), while his scrupulous veracity was vindicated by James Bruce and later African explorers.

(Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).

CONDITION

The binding is firm. The front outer hinge is starting. There is wear to the extremities including 1.5" by 1" area of loss to the base of the spine panel as can be seen above. There is also some bumping, and rubbing to the leather. There is a small neat label to the head of the spine panel. Internally the pages are generally bright and clean with some areas of slight browning and spotting. There is a small ownership ink stamp to the front free end paper. Overall the condition of the book is very good with very good pull-out maps and plates.

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