Deux Années de l’Histoire d’Orient 1839-1840. Faisant suite a L’histoire de la Guerre de Mehemed-Ali en Syrie et en Asie-Mineure, 1832-1833. TWO VOLUMES.

Cadalvene, Edmond de 1799-1852. & Emile Barrault 1799-1869.

Book ID: 31194


8vo. Volume I: viii, 391 pp., 1 folding plan of the battle of Nezib / Volume II: 399 pp., half-titles, modern blue half morocco with marbled boards, original publisher’s yellow wrappers preserved and bound at rear, new endpapers, title gilt on raised spine, occasional spotting, plan lightly browned, unopened, book plate of Sefik E. Atabey verso front covers, Delloye, Paris, first edition, 1840.


This work is a sequel to Cadalvene’s “Histoire de la Guerre de Méhmet-Ali”, 1837 and a continuation of Cadalvene’s interest in Mehmet Ali.
Cadalvene was a business man who spent several years in Egypt, from 1829 at least until 1834, as a representative of certain French business interests. After his campaign in Syria, Mehmet Ali was offered loans by a number of French banks, and Cadalvene, representing the Rothschilds, offered to lend him 100 million French francs. While waiting for Mehmet Ali to make a decision, Cadalvene travelled extensively in the region, gathering the material for his books. The first of these, “L’Égypte et La Nubie” (1836), is an account of a voyage up the Nile which he wrote with J. de Breuvery, who accompanied him on his travels. Later Cadalvene turned his attention to Mehmet Ali’s aspirations in the Levant, and he wrote an accurate portrait of the ambitious Pasha of Egypt.
Bibliographic references: Blackmer 261; Carre I, pp. 280-82, 294; Hilmy, I, 160; Atabey 179.

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