London: R. Edwards, 1817. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. Title within woodcut border. With 10 hand-coloured plates, including the fine hand-coloured folding map facing the title. The noted illustrations are by T. Crabb and Neele, after Brighty. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards; the very slightest browning, still an excellent copy from the library of Peter Ward with his bookplate on the front paste-down. Item #11264
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of this fascinating study of North Africa by Jackson, who is unknown to all biographical literature. He here describes the inhabitants, customs, and religions of the Berbers, Arabs, Moors, Turks, and Jews of the Barbary States. But of particular interest is his accounts of slavery in such areas as Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and New Sallé. His interviews of captured seamen who were made slaves, and their cruel treatment, especially in the midst of the normal, daily events of the city, leave an indelible mark on the reader. The plates illustrate, with particular effectiveness, life in the Barbary States. Appended are letters of Muley Zidan King of Morocco to King Charles I of England, as well as articles of peace and commerce between King George and Lords Hali Basha, Hassan Ben Hali Bey Cara Mustaph Dey, the Aga and the Douwan of Tunis.
For the engraver and illustrator, see Abbey.