AUCTION 73 | Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art

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Lot 234


Carsten Niebuhr. Description de L’Arabie Faite Sur des observations propres et des avis recueillis dans les lieux memes. pp. xlii, 372, (13). With 25 engraved plates including 8 folding, 4 partially colored and two plates of Arabic calligraphy. Second French edition. <<* BOUND WITH:>> Johann David Michaelis. Recueil de questions, proposées à une société de savants, qui par ordre de Sa Majesté Danoise font le voyage de l’Arabie. pp. (4), xliv, 256, (16), 38, (14). <<FIRST EDITION.>> Some foxing. Contemporary calf, variously worn, front cover detached. Lg. 4to. Brunet IV, 74.

Amsterdam & Utrecht: S. J. Baalde / J. van Schoonhoven 1774

Est: $1,200 - $1,800
Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) writings on the ill-fated Danish scientific expedition to Arabia, during which all but one of the participants died. Johann Michaelis (1717-91), the most celebrated Orientalist of his day and passionate proponent of the study of Hebrew antiquities. It was to him that Niebuhr turned for a list of subjects to be investigated and questions to be answered. The second volume bound in here is a collection of these scholars’ questions and discussions.