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CHURI, Joseph H.

Sea Nile, the Desert, and Nigritia:

Travels in Company with Captain Peel, R.N. 1851-1852 ... With Thirteen Arabic Songs, as Sung by the Egyptian Sailors on the Nile.

Published: London: published by the Author, 1853

Stock code: 97449

Price: £1,500

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First edition, uncommon. Churi claimed to have been trained at the “congregation of Propaganda in Rome from 1842 to 1849. He was subsequently in London where he taught Arabic, Latin, Italian and Hebrew”. Among his pupils was Captain William Peel, third son of Sir Robert Peel, who had been planning an expedition into the interior of Africa, and “proposed to Churi that they should make a short tour to Egypt, Mount Sinai, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Syria. They left England on 20 October, and were back by 20 February 1851. On 20 August following they left on the longer and more serious journey. They went up the Nile, across the desert to Khartoum, and on to al-‘Ubayd, where they suffered a severe attack of fever and ague. Peel returned to England early in January” (ODNB). Both men wrote accounts of their experiences during this second trip, Peel in A Ride through the Nubian Desert (1852) and Churi in the present work.

Octavo. Original brown cloth, title gilt to the spine, elaborate panels with large palmette corner-pieces in blind to the boards, cream surface-paper endpapers. Wood-engraved frontispiece of the homra tree. A little rubbed on the boards, spine sunned and professionally repaired, joints skilfully restored, contents lightly toned. A very good copy.

Bibliography: Not in Gay; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 135, misspelled as "Chusi".

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