Profusely illustrated

Russell, M[ichael] / Fraser, James B. Länder-Gemälde des Orients, zur Verständniß der Begebenheiten unserer Zeit. Erster (-achter) Theil.

Pest & Leipzig, C. A. Hartleben, 1840.

Small 8vo. 8 parts in 2 vols. Egypt: VIII, 225, (1) pp.; (4), 163, (1) pp. With 11 plates and a folding map. Palestine: XII, 169, (1) pp.; VI, 194 pp. With 9 plates and a folding map. Persia: XII, 210, (2) pp.; (III)-VII, (1), 222 pp. With 12 plates, one text illustration and a folding map. Barbary: IX, (1), 160 pp.; VIII, 216 pp. With a frontispiece, 10 plates and a folding plate. Illustrations mostly counted in the pagination. Contemporary red marbled boards with giltstamped spine labels.


Uncommon, profusely illustrated series of sketches of the Middle East and Muslim Northern Africa (Egypt, Palestine, Persia, and the Barbary Coast), each in two parts, with maps of the respective regions. Translated from English accounts by August Diezmann and Johann Sporschil. The illustrations include the famous portrait of Viceroy Muhammad Ali, after Forbin's 1818 drawing published in Mengin's "Histoire de l’Egypte". The map of Persia (bound head-over-heels) includes the northern coastline of the Arabian Peninsula, showing Bahrein and the Great Pearl Bank.

Some maps rather wrinkled. Occasional foxing due to paper, binding slightly bumped at extremeties, but well-preserved on the whole. From the Library of count Ferenc Széchényi (1835-1908), grandson of the founder of the Hungarian National Library and National Museum in Budapest, with his ownership on the title page; additional bookplate of the Swiss theologian and educator Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich (1796-1865) on front pastedown.


OCLC 744721949.