Two Arab pirates of the 16th century

Farine, Ch[arles]. Deux pirates au XVIe siècle. Histoire des Barberousse.

Paris, Paul Ducrocq, 1869.

4to. (6), IX, (1), 377, (1) pp. Each chapter with a separate title-page, not counted in pagination. With half-title, additional wood-engraved title, 32 headpieces, 95 text illustrations (13 of which full-page) and two tughras, one preceding the prelims, the other the table of contents. Contemporary half calf with gilt tughra on upper cover, gilt spine and spine title. All edges gilt.


First edition.

A combined biography of Baba Aruj (1474-1518) and his younger brother Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478-1546), both Ottoman corsairs and rulers of Algiers, illustrated by the French artist Léopold Flameng (1831-1911). While mostly showing scenes of battle and triumph, the engravings also include sketch views of La Goulette and Tunis.

Pages 361-368 errorously bound after p. 352. Binding waterstained, extremities bumped, a large flaw to the lower right-hand corner of the rear cover. Somewhat brownstained throughout, waterstained in places.

Atabey 415. Not in Blackmer.