Toulon: Imprimerie de Ve Baume, 1853.
Illustrated with one plate depicting the destruction of pirates in the Ionian isles. 1 vols. 8vo. A Fictional Advocate of the Canal in Egypt. Original printed wrappers. Chipped at margins, loosened, else very good. Item #36308
Colorful oriental romance set in the Muslim Mediterranean, with numerous sailing scenes and interviews with the Ottoman Sultan. In one of these, the narrator remarks: “Egypt, that ancient cradle of the world and first conduit for the vast commerce with the Indies to which Venice owed her opulence, needs to be rejuvenated by digging the canal … so that by means of canal and railways, Egypt would become a veritable causeway between India and Europe. The Great Méhémet-Ali would certainly have undertaken this gigantic task …”.