LEMPRIERE, William.

A Tour from Gibraltar to Tangier, Sallee, Mogodore, Santa Cruz, Tarudant; and thence over Mount Atlas to Morocco: including a Particular Account of the Royal Harem, etc.

[Together with] SANCHEZ, Franco. A Corrective Supplement to Wm. Lempriere's Tour …

London: printed for the author and sold by J. Walter, J. Johnson, and J. Sewell; [Amsterdam:] Gaspar Heintzen, 1791-4 Stock Code: 117613
£6,500.00

William Beckford's copies, bound by Kalthoeber - with the rare supplement

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Notes

First editions, William Beckford's copies, with his pencilled annotation to the initial blank of the first work, noting "p. 218 at night, Sidy Mahomet had constantly six blood hounds in his chamber" and other detail; subsequently in the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), with the usual bookplates and markings (see above). A highly appealing set, in a splendid contemporary binding by Kalthoeber (fl. 1780-1817), the pre-eminent bookbinder of Regency England. Sanchez's supplement is extremely rare, with a single copy traced in libraries (Oxford) and none listed in auction records.

Lemprière (d. 1834) entered the Army Medical Service when young and by 1789 was attached to the garrison of Gibraltar. In September 1789 Muhammad III of Morocco asked the garrison to send an English doctor to attend his son, Mawlay Absolom, who was suffering from a cataract, promising him "every protection and a guarantee of expenses and good rewards and the release of certain Christian captives" (Cox). Lemprière accepted the commission, reaching Taroudant in late October "where he attended the prince with great success. His only rewards, however, were 'a gold watch, an indifferent horse, and a few hard dollars'. He was then summoned to attend some women of the sultan's harem, and, having reached them on 4 December 1789, was detained in Morocco a long time against his will and was not allowed to leave until 12 February 1790, again with miserable remuneration" (ODNB). On publication his account "aroused most interest for its description of the sultan's harem" (ibid.)

The supplement by Sanchez, who is described on the title page as a "Spanisch gardner in Morocco, and a friend to William Lampriere sic", addressed a number of its minor inaccuracies.

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Description

2 works, octavo and octavo in half-sheets (212 x 127 mm). Contemporary marbled calf by Christian Kalthoeber (his ticket to vol. 1 front free endpaper verso, now slightly oxidised as usual), smooth spines richly gilt in compartments with central floral tools and leaf-form cornerpieces between Greek-key and double fillet rules, red morocco labels lettered in gilt, rolled Greek-key border gilt to covers, beaded roll gilt to board-edges, all page-edges gilt, rope-twist roll gilt to turn-ins, rose-pink endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved folding map.

Condition

Catalogue slips from the Beckford sale tipped in to initial blanks, a further slip laid in; printed bookplates to front pastedowns noting the bequest of S. B. Miles's library to Bath Public Library by his widow in 1920, and associated manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps as usual. Lemprière's Tour with bumped and slightly worn tips, light spotting to folding map and sig. N. An excellent set.

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