Voyage au Darfour

Author: el-Tounsy, le cheykh Mohammed ebn-Omar
Year: 1845
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Paris; Benjamin Duprat
Category: Africa

Later full green calf, marbled endpapers, the spine with four raised bands, 8vo. Half title, frontis, title page, pp. (1), lxxxvi, 491, 1, followed by five plates. A complete copy.

A small library stamp on the title page and one other on a text page. A small dampstain at the bottom margin of the frontispiece, well outside the plate area and some minor foxing. Further some scattered very light browning and foxing throughout. Some letters and digits on half title page in ink and some more in pencil both on half - and title page, as shown in the pictures. From page 273 onwards occasionally, not continually, a small dampstain in the far outer margin. The edges partly uncut. A small closed tear in the margin of the large folding map, not affecting the map itself.

The work was translated from Arabic into French by Nicolas Perron, while the interesting and important introduction was written by Edme-François Jomard.

The frontispiece shows le Sultan Abou Madian. The other five plates are:

Pl. I: large folding map of Darfour.
Pl. II: Carte de Dar-Al.-For (folding).
Pl. III: Folding plate with a plan and some depictions of dwellings.
Pl. IV: Folding plate of some artefacts.
Pl. V: A folding plate with musical score.

Despite the flaws mentioned still overall an attractive copy.

Gay 2705, Prince Ibrahim Hilmy II, p. 52.

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