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EUTING, Julius.

Tagebuch einer Reise in Inner-Arabien.

Published: Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1896 & 1914

Stock code: 92408

Price: £950

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First editions, surprisingly uncommon institutionally with OCLC showing perhaps nine locations. An orientalist based at Strasbourg University, Euting had previously travelled extensively in the Mediterranean and Levant, and had spent time in Constantinople. “In 1883 Euting left Strasbourg to embark on a two-year expedition to the Middle East and the Arabian Peninsula, his intention being to trace the pre-Islamic history of Arabia through the study of its inscriptions and stone monuments” (Howgego). Having made some in-roads in Egypt, Palestine and the Lebanon, he met up with the Alsatian travelled Charles Huber, and together they “struck out across the desert to the south-east”. After considerable adventures the two “who had never really liked each other” separated, Euting “crossed the Hijaz mountains to arrive on the Red Sea coast … en route suffering an attack by Bedouin and only managing to escape by by killing two of them”. He returned to Europe having completed a journey of 2,300 kilometres, mainly by horse and camel, with copies of 900 Sabaean, Aramaic, and Nabataean inscriptions. For his part Huber returned to Ha’il then set off on a pioneering trip to Mecca by a “route never before followed by a European” and was murdered by his guides on the way back to Ha’il. Euting’s account of their year-long Arabian journey – the second volume of which was published posthumously edited by Enno Littmann – provides the best early descriptions of the petroglyphs at Jabal umm Sanaman. A well-presented set of of an important and uncommon account.

2 volumes octavo (233 155 mm). Later white quarter-cloth, sand cloth boards, tan morocco labels to the spines, orange top-stain. Portrait frontispiece to volume II, profusely illustrated throughout line-drawings and plans to the text, some full-page. Damp-stain to the top edge of volume II, no encroachment into the margin light browning else, a very good set.

Bibliography: Henze II, 186; Howgego IV, E20; Macro 907.

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