Niebuhr in Arabic

Niebuhr, [Carsten] / Al-'Umari, Su'ad Hadi (transl.). Rihla Nibuwr ila Baghdad fi al-qarn al-thamin 'ashr. [Niebuhr's Journey to Baghdad in the Eighteenth Century].

Baghdad, Dar al-Marifa Press, 1954 CE = 1374 H.

8vo. 71, (1) pp. With a map frontispiece and four black and white plates. Original printed wrappers.

 1,500.00

First edition. An Arabic translation of Carsten Niebuhr's description of Baghdad, originally published in his "Reisebeschreibung nach Arabien und andern umliegenden Ländern" (Copenhagen, 1774-78), a remarkable travel account famed for its groundbreaking description of Yemen in the mid-18th century.

Niebuhr, by then the sole survivor of a party of five, visited Baghdad on his return journey to Europe after spending nearly a year in the Arabian Peninsula. He arrived back in Copenhagen in November 1767, where he presented his report and the workings of his departed co-travellers - a mass of writings, plans and sketches which proved to be of the most remarkable and lasting worth.

Two small stains to upper wrapper, edges a little worn, a few gatherings roughly opened, otherwise very good. A few pages unopened. Ink translator's presentation inscription to title-page. Extremely rare; not in OCLC.