Constantin François De Chassebœuf, Comte De Volney [C -F Volney]

Published by Paris: Desenne, 1787
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First edition. Original brown calfskin boards. 2 volumes. 8vo, 383 and 458 pages, 20 cm. In French. Title translates to "Voyage in Syria and in Egypt during the Years 1783, 1784, and 1785." Featuring two large fold-out maps of Egypt and Syria, Plan of the Temple of the Sun, Balbe[e]k; fold-out view of the Quaree Court of the Sun Temple; fold-out view of the Ruins of Palmyra in the desert of Syria. Opening few leaves of first volume dampsoiled with one leaf torn with loss. French philosopher, abolitionist, historian, orientalist, and politician, Constantin-François de Chasseboeuf (1757–1820) adopted the pen name Volney, which combined the name of Voltaire and Ferney, where the great philosopher lived. A friend of Thomas Jefferson and other Enlightenment figures, Volney used an inheritance to further his education by traveling to Ottoman Egypt and the historical regions of Syria, visiting areas of present-day Lebanon and Israel, seeking to gain political and philosophical insights from the ancient heritage of the Near East. Very little had been written in the West about these areas before Volney's work, first published in 1787. It explores geography, history, ethnic divisions, religious beliefs, commerce, politics and customs, and upon publication enjoyed great popularity (Kestenbaum) . SUBJECTS: Egypt. Syria. Middle East -- Description and travel. Egypt. Middle East. Syria. EGIPTO -- DESCRIPCIONES Y VIAJES. SIRIA -- DESCRIPCIONES Y VIAJES. EGIPTO -- POLITICA Y GOBIERNO. SIRIA -- POLITICA Y GOBIERNO. Opening few leaves of first volume dampsoiled with one leaf torn with loss. Wear to boards. Overall Very Good Condition. (FR-2-8). Bookseller Inventory # 37126

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Publisher: Paris: Desenne

Publication Date: 1787

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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