A Tour from gibraltar to Tangier, Sallee, Mogodorfe, Santa Cruz, and Tarudant; and thence over Mount Atlas to Morocco including a Particular Account of the Royal Harem, &c
Publisher: Printed by T Dobson
xii+330 pages. Duodecimo (6 3/4" x 4 1/2") bound in original publisher's leather with new spine with black label in gilt lettering to spine. Third edition.
William Lempriere, traveller and medical writer, was third son of Thomas LempriÃ¨re of Jersey. He entered the army medical service when young, and by 1789 was attached to the garrison of Gibraltar. In the September of that year Sidi Mahommed, emperor of Morocco, sent a message to General O'Hara, the commandant at Gibraltar, asking that an English doctor might be sent to attend his son, Muley Absolom, who was suffering from cataract. LempriÃ¨re accepted the commission, and left Gibraltar on 14 Sept. 1789; on 28 Oct. he reached Tarudant, where he attended the prince with great success. His only rewards, however, were â€˜a gold watch, an indifferent horse, and a few hard dollars.â€™ He was then summoned to Morocco itself, which he reached on 4 Dec., to attend some ladies of the sultan's harem. He was detained at Morocco a long time against his will, and was not allowed to leave till 12 Feb. 1790; here again he complains of the miserable remuneration awarded him. After his return from Morocco LempriÃ¨re published an account of his travels in â€˜A Tour from Gibraltar to Tangier, Sallee, Mogadore, Santa Cruz, Tarudant, and thence over Mount Atlas to Morocco,â€™ London, 1791. The work supplies interesting details concerning the Moorish sultan's harem. A number of its minor inaccuracies were noticed in a â€˜Corrective Supplement to Wm. LempriÃ¨re's Tour,â€™ by Francisco Sanchez, London, 1794. After his visit to Morocco LempriÃ¨re was appointed surgeon to the 20th or Jamaica regiment of light dragoons. He spent five years in Jamaica, and on his return to England published â€˜Practical Observations on the Diseases of the Army in Jamaica,â€™ London, 1799. LempriÃ¨re left the army with the rank of inspector-general of hospitals, and resided for many years in the Isle of Wight. He died at Bath in 1834.
Lacks the map which was not in all copies. Re-cased with a new spine, previous old signature to tile, repair to front end paper fore-edge, some foxing else a good to very good copy.
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