Title: Documents Epigraphiques Recueillis Dans Le Nord De l’Arabie
Author: Doughty, Charles M.
Publisher: Imprimerie Nationale
Year published: 1891
Place of Publication: Paris
Book Condition: Near Fine
Notes: Charles M. Doughty, Documents epigraphiques reculellis dans le nord de l’Arabie, intro. by Ernest Renan (Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1891), pp. , 64 + LVII plates. 4to. First edition. Paper wrap, blue on the front, off-white on back and spine, with off-white label on front. Slightly chipped. Browning to the foot of the first page of plates. Part of ‘Notices Et Extraits des Manuscits de la Bibliotheque National et Autres Bibliotheques, Publies par l’Institut National de France. Faisant Suite aux Notices et Extraits Lus au Comité établi dans L’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres’ (Tome XXIX). Charles Montagu Doughty was an English explorer who in the years 1876-77 travelled to North Africa and returned with a collection of Nabataean inscriptions he tried to sell, first to the British Museum, then to the Royal Geographical Society and finally to the Royal Museum for Ethnology in Berlin (Königliches Museum für Völkerkunde). Though his attempts to sell the inscriptions were unsuccessful, the Academie des Inscriptions in Paris were preparing to publish a corpus of Semitic inscriptions under the direction of the eminent French philologist Ernest Renan, a corpus of which this book became a part. Some of the plates in this book would appear in Doughty’s better known ‘Arabia Deserta’. Text in English (title and introduction in French).