U.J. Seetsen.Russ: Kaiserl: Kammerasfessor und Doctor.
Verlager A. Garlichs. Jever 1818.
Mezzotint with very large margins, very scarce. 290 x 230mm (11½ x 9") plus separate title plate 70 x 225mm (2¾ x 8¾"), with wide margins. Slight crease vertical.
Ulrich Jasper Seetzen (1767-1811), medical doctor and explorer of Palestine & Arabia. Born in Jever, German Frisia, he graduated from the University of Göttingen as a doctor, before setting out for the Middle East in 1802. After six months in Constantinople and two years in Aleppo he was proficient enough in Arabic to be able to pass as a native. He travelled around the Dead Sea disguised as a beggar, then travelled from Jiddah to Mecca as a pilgrim. After converting to Islam, taking the name Hag Moses, he made several more journeys across Arabia but, in September 1811, he set out on a trip from Mocha to Muscat and was found dead two days later. In 1810 Seetsen published 'A Brief Account of the Countries Adjoining the Lake of Tiberias, the Jordan, and the Dead Sea', and in 1854 four volumes of his journals were issued.
Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
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