Fascinating Early Narrative on Morocco

    [Luis del Mármol Carvajal]. L'Afrique de Marmol de la traduction de Nicholas Perrot sieur d'Ablancourt. Paris: Louis Billaine, 1667.

    First French edition. Three quarto volumes. 532; 578; 304/226 pages. Text in French.

    Contemporary mottled calf with gilt stamped spines and leather labels. Rebacked with wear to corners. Marbled edges. 28 double-page maps by Nicholas Sanson. Hinges a bit shaken in Volume I. Minor dampstaining to lower margin of Volume I that does not affect text or maps. Some dampstaining to upper margin of Volume II that does affect a small portion of text and maps through page 136. Bookplate on front pastedown of each volume. This set from the library of Kimbolton Castle with shelf labels on front pastedowns. The set in very good condition.

    Original Spanish edition was published in Granada in 1573. Marmol took part in Charles V's expedition against Algiers in 1535. He stayed a further twenty-two years in North Africa, seven years and eight months as a captive of the Turks. It was during his captivity that Marmol acquired a profound knowledge of the Arabic language and culture, which he subsequently drew upon as the basis of his description of Africa. Chapter 22 in Book One of Volume I is devoted to the Nile and its sources. The third volume includes descriptions of Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Mozambique, the Congo, and the Cape of Good Hope. From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Gay 372. Ibrahim-Hilmy II, p. 18.

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