Narrative of a Residence in Algiers; comprising a geographical and historical Account of the Regency; biographical Sketches of the Dey and his Ministers; Anecdotes of the late War; Observations on the Relations of the Barbary States with the Christian Powers; and the Necessity and Importance of their complete Subjugation.
Author: Pananti, F. Year: 1818 Edition: First edition Publisher: London; Henry Colburn Category: Africa North Price: € 1,750.-
Near contemporary half calf over marbled boards, 4to., pp. xxx, 467, (1), 2 (ads).
The spine divided in five compartments by four gilt tooled raised bands. A green, gilt title label in the second compartment, the other compartments tooled in blind. Beatiful marbleized endpapers with on the front inner-board in the form of a gilt monogram the initials "M B E". All edges marbled. Illustrated with a large folding map, a plan of the city of Algiers and a beautiful aquatint of the city seen from the sea and coloured by hand.
Extremities rather worn, the boards a bit rubbed and lacking the half-title. Further a clean and overall very attractive copy of a rare book.
Filippo Pananti was an Italian who was captured at sea by pirates and then kept hostage in Algiers. After his release he wrote this book with as principle aim to emphasize the importance for Europe to colonize Northern Africa. The book was published in Italian the year before this English edition and later on translations amongst others in French and Dutch were published.