Algiers: being a Complete Picture of the Barbary States; their Government, Laws, Religion, and Natural Productions; And containing a Sketch of their various Revolutions
Author: Jackson, G.A. Year: 1817 Edition: First edition Publisher: London; Edwards Category: Africa North Price: € 1,500.-
Algiers: being a Complete Picture of the Barbary States; their Government, Laws, Religion, and Natural Productions; And containing a Sketch of their various Revolutions, A description of the Domestic Manners and Customs of the Moors, Arabs, and Turks; An Account of the four Great Capitals of Algiers, Tripoli, Tunis and Morocco, and A Narrative of the various Attacks upon Algiers, by the European States; Including a faithful Detail of the late glorious Victory of lord Exmouth.
Modern paper covered boards, paper labelled spine, pp. iv, 2, 411.
New endpapers, some limited browning, mainly to preliminary and trailing pages, a 4 cm closed tear in the margin of page 309, small part of upper corner of page 329 torn off without loss of text, lower corner of page 333 creased, 2 cm closed tear in bottom margin of page 347, tear in upper inner margin of pages 365 and 391, 6 cm closed tear in upper part of page 403, upper part of page 405 creased with a closed tear, 1 cm closed tear in the margin of one plate, the margin of another plate lightly creased and a remark by pencil in the margin of yet another plate.
Printed title page within woodcut border, 9 plates coloured by hand plus a folding map, coloured by hand as well.
Though the title refers to Algeria, the other countries of the Maghreb are dealt with as well. Jackson describes the culture of the various people of northern Africa; the many aspects of their customs and manners including details of daily life, the way they dress, their history, religion, etc.
Abbey Travel 300. An interesting and detailed account, which yet remained unnoticed to such bibliographers as Gay, Hess & Coger, Ibrahim Hilmy and Joucla.