The rituals surrounding the pilgrimage to Mekkah

Galland, Julien Claude. Sammlung von den Gebräuchen und Ceremonien der Wallfarth nach Mecca nebst verschiedenen Schriften welche die Religion die Wissenschaften und die Sitten der Türken betreffen.

Nuremberg, George Peter Monath, 1757.

8vo. (16), 191, (1) pp. Contemporary black marbled wrappers.


Rare first German edition of Galland's "Recueil des rits et cérémonies du pelerinage de la Mecque" (1754). Galland's account of the rituals surrounding the pilgrimage to Mekkah includes enlightening description of many of the important shrines and sites within the city. Extensive footnotes describe the history and physical appearance of such features as the Kaaba, the Black Stone, and Mount Ararat, as well as explaining relevant Arabic terms and the importance of certain religious figures in the Islamic tradition. The work also contains an extensive essay on the island of Chios, as well as a discussion of Ottoman science. "This very interesting work contains five separate essays. The first three are translations from Arabic and Turkish authorities; the last two are eye-witness accounts - one a long description of Chios and the other a description of the marriage of Sultana Esma with Yakub Pasha, governor of Silistria" (Navari).

Some occasional browning and foxing. Extremeties rubbed and bumped; untrimmed and uncut as issued.


Not in Chauvin. Cf. Atabey 470. Blackmer 643.