Present State of the Empire of Morocco; With a faithful account of the manners, religion, and government of that people
Publisher: R. Bently
[xxiv]+216+ pages with frontispiece, folding map and eight engraved costume plates. Duodecimo (6 Â¼" x 3 Â½") early full calf, later spine label. First Edition in English. First published in French the prior year which was published without the plates.
FranÃ§ois Pidou de Saint Olon was a French diplomat under Louis XIV. In 1682, he was nominated as the first French resident envoy to the Republic of Genoa, following the Bombardment of Genoa. He was then sent as an envoy to Madrid. In 1689 , FranÃ§ois Pidou was appointed ambassador to the court of Sultan Moulay Ismail, for the signing of a commercial treaty and to release prisoners, now slaves, of Barbary corsairs of SalÃ© for 233 including 29 bedridden Moroccan prisoners held by the French. His mission was not successful, however, he continued to stay more than three weeks more in Morocco. The book gains particular interest through its author's position as ambassador, giving him access (not always voluntary), to areas of Moroccan society previously unrecorded by travelers. There are detailed descriptions of Moroccan dress, and the book is beautifully illustrated with eight engraved plates of Moroccan men and women in traditional costume.
With the fine copper engraved frontispiece of the overall state of Morocco which is quite rare and is often found missing in most copies. Joints cracking, spine chipped at edges; foxing else very good.
We Also Recommend
Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, The Red Sea, Abyssinia, and Egypt, In the Years 1802, 1803, 1804, 1805, And 1806
Voyages et Decouvertes Faites par le Russes le Long des cotes de la Mer Glaciale & sur l'Ocean Oriental, tant vers le Japon que vers l'Amerique. On Y a joint l'Histoire du Fleuve Amur
An Account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean. Composed from the Journals and Communications of Captain Henry Wilson, and some of his Officers, who, in August 1783, were there shipwrecked, in the Antelope
Voyages Round The World; With Selected Sketches of Voyages to the South Seas, North and South Pacific Oceans, China, Etc