Letters Written During a Ten Years’ Residence at The Court of Tripoli. TWO VOLUMES.

Tully, Richard.

Book ID: 5358


8vo. xv, [1], 375 pp., / 396 pp., engraved folding map, 7 hand colour aquatint plates including a frontispiece, contemporary half calf with marbled boards, slightly rubbed, hinges of volume one weak with upper cover detached, appendix, index, scattered foxing, staining to pages 9-13 in volume 2, bookplate of John Staunton verso front covers, otherwise set in good condition, Henry Colburn, London, third edition, 1819.


These letters were written by Miss Tully, sister in law to Richard Tully, the British Consul in Tripoli from 1783 to 1793. The female members of Tully’s family were on intimate terms with the Bashaw’s family. Thus the narrative contains a unique insight into the life of the Seraglio. The letters were published from the original in the possession of the family of the late Richard Tully, comprising authentic memoirs and anecdotes of the reigning Bashaw, his family and other persons of distinction. Also included an account of the domestic matters of the Moors, Arabs and Turks. This is one of the most important records of Tripolitan life during the 18th Century.
Bibliographic references: Abbey, Travel, 299; Atabey, 1241; Blackmer 1682; Brunet, V, 974; Chadenat, 1000; Playfair, 509; Tooley, Col. plates, 493.

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