[Ignace MOURADJA D'OHSSON]Tableau historique de l'Orient, dédié au roi de Suède. Par le Chevalier M*** D***.
Paris, Imprimerie de Didot Jeune, an XII – 1804.
2 volumes in one, 8vo, contemporary quarter blond calf over marbled boards, fancy paper doublure and endpapers, smooth spine with gilt rules and two red morocco lettering pieces. Half-title, title, dedication, XXII-378pp., half-title, title, 385pp. With a large folding table of the genealogy and chronology of the ancient Shahs of Persia (Iran). Complete.
First and only edition.
Mouradja d’Ohsson (1740-1824), of Armenian descent, was born in Constantinople where he followed a career with the Swedish Legation, eventually becoming chargé d’affaires in Turkey. During this time he spent many years assembling the material for his celebrated Tableau of the Ottoman Empire (Tableau général de l’Empire Othoman, 1787-1820). The present work is a history of the “most remarkable dynasties” of the Near East.
A very good crisp copy.
Ref. Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, IV, 646 / Brunet, 27876 / Hage Chahine, 3479 /Quérard, Supercheries littéraires, III, 1087