Voyages d’Ali Bey El Abbassi en Afrique et en Asie pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807. Tome Premier [Second; Troisième]. Domingo Badía y. Leblich, el Abbassi Ali Bey, pseud.
Voyages d’Ali Bey El Abbassi en Afrique et en Asie pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807. Tome Premier [Second; Troisième].
Voyages d’Ali Bey El Abbassi en Afrique et en Asie pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807. Tome Premier [Second; Troisième].
Voyages d’Ali Bey El Abbassi en Afrique et en Asie pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807. Tome Premier [Second; Troisième].
Voyages d’Ali Bey El Abbassi en Afrique et en Asie pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807. Tome Premier [Second; Troisième].
Voyages d’Ali Bey El Abbassi en Afrique et en Asie pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807. Tome Premier [Second; Troisième].
Signed Copy of the Ali Bey’s Oriental Travelogue

Voyages d’Ali Bey El Abbassi en Afrique et en Asie pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807. Tome Premier [Second; Troisième].

A Paris: de l’Imprimerie de P. Didot l’Ainé, Imprimeur du Roi, M DCCCXIV [1814]. First edition. Presentation copy signed and inscribed to Badía y Leblich’s son, on verso of the title page of the first volume in brown ink. In 19th century half leather. Spine gilt, with black title vignettes. Only text volumes. With an engraved frontispiece in the first volume, a portrait of the author. xix, (1), 395, (1); (4), 464; (4), 410, (6 [errata]) p. Bindings somewhat rubbed on panels and edges, small damages at joints and heads of the spine, corners bumped. Residual of a paper vignette on the front panel of the first volume. Paper yellowed, light foxing throughout on each volume. Front pastedown of the first volume discolored. Lower corner of the half-title of the last volume torn. Overall in very good condition.

Scarce, inscribed, first edition of Badía y Leblich oriental travelogue, the first European account of Mecca under the Wahhabi rule.

Domingo Francisco Jorge Badía y Leblich (1767–1818) was the Spaniard traveler, soldier, and spy of the Spanish Crown. He is known as the third European to gain access to Mecca after Ludovico di Varthema and Joseph Pitts and the first to give an eye-witness account of the Wahhabis in Mecca.

His journey to Arabia, started in 1803, was commissioned by Charles IV’s Prime Minister, Manuel Godoy, as an agent of Spanish colonialism. Under the name of Ali Bey al-Abbasi, pretending to be a descendant of the Abbasid Caliphs of the West, he spent two years in Morocco, then traveled to Tripoli, Cyprus, and Egypt, visited Mecca, and on his way back he stopped in Jerusalem, prominent places in Syria and eventually in Constantinople. There, for the first time during his journey, he was suspected of not being a real Muslim and fled to French-occupied Spain in 1807.

Inscribed to Pedro Badia, Badía y Leblich’s son with a Latin quotation from Phaedrus “Nisi utile est quod facimus, stulta est gloria” (Unless what we do is useful, glory is foolish.”)

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