8vo, pp. [iv], xii, 506, , with a frontispiece, nine lithographed plates and a folding map; map lightly foxed, short marginal tear in one plate, the occasional spot, but a good copy in contemporary polished calf, spine gilt, by Simier fils (signed at foot of spine); extremities rubbed, covers slightly scratched; from the library of Şefik Atabey, with bookplate.
US $2006 €1699
First edition. Jaubert (1779–1847) studied at the Ecole spéciale des langues orientales vivantes and became Napoleon’s personal interpreter in Arabic after the death of Venture de Paradis in 1799. He wrote four memoirs for the Description de l’Egypte. In 1805 he was dispatched to Persia to arrange an alliance with Fat’h Ali Shah. He travelled from Istanbul to Trabzon by sea and thence to Erzerum and Doğubeyazıt. On leaving Doğubeyazıt he and his companions were arrested by the pasha and held for four months in a dry cistern. The pasha’s death from the plague freed Jaubert, who then made his way to Teheran via Kurdistan, Van, Khoy, Tabriz, Ardabil, Soltaniyeh and Qazvin. He returned overland via Sinop, Amasra, Philios and Eregli to Istanbul.
Atabey 613 (this copy); Weber 102; Wilson p. 109.
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