WREDE, Adolf von.

Reise in Hadhramaut: Beled Beny, Yssà und Beled el Hadschar.

Herausgegeben, mit einer Einleitung, Anmerkungen, und Erklärung der Inschrift von 'Obne versehen von Heinrich Freiherr von Maltzan.

Brunswick : Friedrich Wieweg, 1870 Stock Code: 117615
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The first European in the Hadramawt for 250 years

First edition. Adolf von Wrede, a Bavarian nobleman, was "the first scientific traveller who succeeded in penetrating into the region of Hadhramaut" (van der Meulen, cited after Trautz, "Adolf von Wrede", in Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society, vol. 20, no. 4, 1933). He travelled to the region, now part of Yemen, in 1843, becoming the first European visitor in 250 years. He reached as far inland as Daw'an, where his baggage was stolen and he was forced to turn back to the coast. Some of his claims, notably his account of an apparently bottomless pit of quicksand, met with ridicule and damaged his credibility. He later emigrated to Texas, where he died by suicide in 1870; he may have also spent some time in the Ottoman army. Scarce: three copies only in UK and Irish libraries (Cambridge, Edinburgh and Oxford).

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Description

Octavo. Modern library buckram, title gilt to spine.

Illustrations

Folding map and a facsimile plate of an inscription.

Condition

From the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), bequeathed by his widow to Bath Public Library in 1920, with associated manuscript shelf-mark to the title page, and library plate to the front free endpaper. Light spotting, title page browned and marked, sig. 19 repaired, small spot to map. A good copy.

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