Copenhagen: Chez Nicolas Möller, 1773.
First edition in French, with half-title. 24 plates, two of which have hand-colored diacritical marks (of Arabic text) and initials; folding genealogical table; large fold-out map hand-colored in outline. 1 f. (half-title), [i]-xliii, [xliv-xlvi], -372 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Full period raintree calf, spine gilt, boards tooled with floral border gilt. Short closed tear in folding map repaired, some minor dampstaining in margins. Fine Gay 3589; Atabey 873; Freeth and Winstone pp. 61-89; not in Blackmer. Item #212288
With the large fold-out map of Yemen hand-colored in outline.
Account of the ill-starred Royal Danish expedition (1761-1767) to the Arabian Peninsula, the first scientific expedition, from which Niebuhr returned as the only survivor. Niebuhr only covered a small triangle of Yemen in his exploration, but Palgrave stated, it was his "intelligence and courage which first opened Arabia to Europe". The work was first published in German and then in this edition in French (both were published in Copenhagen). Niebuhr was the source for Gibbon on Arabia.
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