2 A voyage to Syria and Libanon / Virtual Book Fair 106


Description: A French voyage to the Levant

LA ROQUE, Jean de.
Voyage de Syrie et du Mont-Liban.

Paris, André Cailleau, 1722. 2 volumes. 12mo. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spines with gilt-stamped crest of Henry Edward Bunbury. With 9 engraved plates (5 folding), including a folding map showing the course of the Orontes river; dedication with woodcut coat of arms of De Fleury. [12], 347, [1 blank]; [2], 321, [3] pp.

First edition of a narrative detailing La Roque's travels in the Levant (1688-89). The work includes descriptions of the ruins at Baalbek, the customs of the various regional tribes, and an account of the life of Francois Galaup de Chasteuil (based on Marchetti's La vie de monsieur de Chasteuil), a French-born Maronite who lived in Mount Lebanon. The plates depict the Lebanon cedar, coins, and elevations of Baalbek ruins.
La Roque studied oriental languages and was the son a merchant from Marseille who was one of the first to introduce coffee to France. Later travels took La Roque to Arabia and Yemen in order to purchase coffee.

Spines restored. Very good set, from the library of Henry Edward Bunbury with his bookplate on upper pastedown.
Atabey 674; Chadenat 7064; not in Blackmer.
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  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum