Early Narrative on French Morocco

    Raymond Thomassy. Le Maroc et ses Caravanes, ou Relations de la France avec cet Empire. Paris: Librairie de Firmin Didot Freres, 1845.

    Second edition. Octavo. 432 pages. French

    Contemporary brown pebbled cloth with blind-ruled spine and gilt titles. text. Rubbing to extremities with minor fading along spine. Bookplates on front pastedown and endpaper. First three leaves detached. Pages toned. A good copy.

    Thomassy, a French geologist, sent memoirs to the Society of Muslim-Christian relations in North Africa. "Thomassy curiously combined sympathy for both Islam and French imperial aspirations. He hoped for civilian French emigration behind a military safety cordon so that France could carry out its 'civilizing ascendancy of Muslim races.'" From the Professor John Ralph Willis Collection of Rare Africana.

    Staum, Labeling People: French Scholars on Society, Race and Empire, 1815-1848, page 134.

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