Travels in Arabia. Comprehending an account of those territories in Hijaz which the Mohammadens regard as sacred. TWO VOLUMES.

Burckhardt, John Lewis.

Book ID: 366


8vo. Volume I: xxi, [2], 452 pp., engraved folding frontispiece map, 1 engraved folding plan of Mecca, loose / Volume II: iii, [1], 431 pp., 3 engraved folding plans, recent half-calf, some foxing especially to map & plans, map with tears (partly repaired), damage to right margin with loss of part of image, some damp staining to top margins of pages 237-310 of Volume 1 not affecting text, Henry Colburn, London, second edition, 1829.


John Lewis Burckhardt , the son of a Swiss Colonel undertook the journey to Mecca in 1814, disguised as an Arab; he had been using the name Sheikh Ibrahim during his travels, which he began in 1809 under the sponsorship of Sir Joseph Banks and the African Association. According to William Leake in his preface… “Burckhardt transmitted to the Association the most accurate and complete account of the Hedjaz, including the cities of Mecca and Medina, which has ever been received in Europe.” The folding plans include Mecca, Medina, Wady Muna and Arafat.
“Burckhardt undertook the journey to Mecca in 1814, disguised as an Arab… (his) description of the Hedjaz was the first accurate one to reach Europe. The plans include Mecca, Medina, Wady Muna, and the Plain of Arafat” (Blackmer).
Bibliographic references: Blackmer 239 for second edition; Gay 3606; Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 627; Howgego II, B76; Weber I, 168; Graesse I, 575; Henze I, 407; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 106 (second edition only); Not in Atabey.

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