IBN BATTUTA. The Travels … A.D. 1325-1354. Translated with Revisions and Notes from the Arabic Text edited by C. Defrémery and B. R. Sanguinetti. By H.A.R. Gibb. Cambridge, Published for the Hakluyt Society at the University Press, 1958-2000.
Six volumes in 8vo. Original blue cloth with dust-wrappers; illustrated with plates and maps; a very good set.
This is the very rare and complete English edition of the most prolific and trustworthy traveller of the Muslim world. Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan Berber with an insatiable appetite for experiencing far-away countries, not only the Muslim world, but as well South-East Asia, China, East and West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Southern Spain and Central Asia. Ibn Battuta is believed to have travelled over 73,000 miles. The publication history in the West is slow and patchy. The Middle Eastern travellers of the early 19th century Seetzen and Burckhardt had fragments of his text. During the French conquest of Morocco in the 1830s complete Arabic versions were incorporated into the BNF, and in 1929 the British orientalist Hamilton Gibb decided to publish a complete translation in English. The project took altogether over 70 years to be completed.