The Plague in Jeddah

Cozzonis Effendi. Rapport sur la manifestation pestilentielle a Djeddah en 1898 suivi d'une esquisse sur les conditions générales de la dite ville [...].

Constantinople, Imprimerie Osmanié, 1898.

4to. 29, (1) pp., final blank leaf. With a folding plan of Jeddah. Contemporary printed wrappers. Stapled.


Rare contemporary account of the plague outbreak in Jeddah, written by the chief sanitary inspector, documenting disease control in the Ottoman Empire. The treatise puts forward nine suggestions on how to prevent future outbreaks, including an urgent recommendation to establish a strictly isolated hospital for plague patients only, a reminder to look out for a sufficient supply of dumpcarts to get rid of dirty laundry and rags, and an appeal to disinfect all clothes, either chemically or by means of boiling, and to burn immediately all textiles coming in from Bombay or other infected places. The plan shows the Yemen, Chami and Mazloum quarters as well as the city's sewage system. With 7 pages of general information on Jeddah, discussing its climate and population, as well as the Sambuk, a traditional wooden sailing vessel.

Spine somewhat worn; small tear to the plan. A good copy of an uncommon work, never seen at auction.


OCLC 44403162.

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