[A Mamaluke delivering a message from Mourad Bey.]
[London: J. White, c.1801.]
Sepia aquatint, proof before letters, with large margins, very fine, 180 x 245mm. 7 x 9¾". Captioned in ink by hand to lower margin; 'P. 136' in the same hand to upper right margin.
Egyptians and two Europeans, one in a naval officer's uniform, smoking pipes and assembled in an interior. Murad Bey (c.1750 – 1801) was an Egyptian Mamluk chieftain (Bey), joint ruler of Egypt with Ibrahim Bey. Following his defeat at the hands of Napoleon's armies at the Battle of the Pyramids, Murad fled to Upper Egypt, mounting a brief guerrilla campaign against the French. After Cooper Willyams (1762 - 1816), for his 'A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty’s Ship the Swiftsure, one of the squadron under the command of Rear-Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson, K.B. ... with a description of the battle of the Nile on the first of August 1798' (1802). Willyams served as chaplain of the Swiftsure. He was present at the Battle of the Nile and according to DNB his is 'the first, the most particular, and the most authentic account of the battle'.
See BL 210.i.5. Abbey Travel 196, 21.
[Ref: 22172] £160.00