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LUSIGNAN, Sauveur.

A history of the revolt of Ali Bey, against the Ottoman Porte,

including an account of the form of government of Egypt; together with a description of Grand Cairo, and of several places in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria: to which are added, a short account of the present state of the Christians who are subjects to the Turkish government, and the journal of a gentleman who travelled from Aleppo to Bassora.

James Phillips, London , 1783 Stock Code: 100899
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First edition, rare in the original boards, of this important account of the revolt of 'Ali Bey, the shaykh al-balad of Egypt who declared the country independent of the Ottoman Empire before proceeding to seize control of the Hijaz and invade Syria. His rule ended following the insubordination of his most trusted general, Abu al-Dhahab, which led to Ali Bey's exile then death outside the walls of Cairo. "Very little is known of Lusignan, who claims to have known Ali Bey personally. He seems to have been a Greek or more probably a Cypriot who took refuge in London; he advertises himself as a teacher of ancient and modern Greek (on A5v), but there is no mention of him in Legrand. Perhaps he is connected with the Giacomo Lusignan who later acted as a factotum for the Earl of Guildford" (Blackmer).

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Octavo (225 x 135 mm). Uncut in original boards, paper backstrip, printed paper label to spine.


With a laid-in typed translation into Italian of a British newspaper report of Joachim Murat's invasion of Sicily, dated Messina, 19 September 1810. Contemporary manuscript correction to author's address on title page, a touch rubbed and marked overall, corners and head of spine bumped, surface splitting to tail of both joints and along rear hinge, old restoration to backstrip at tail, occasional light foxing as usual. Complete with the errata leaf. An excellent, entirely unsophisticated copy.


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