MADDEN, Richard Robert. Egypt and Mohammed Ali. Illustrative of the Condition of the Slaves and Subjects &c. &c. London, Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1841.
8vo. Contemporary half red morocco over mauve ribbed cloth, spine with raised bands and lettered in gilt, marbled edges, pp. vi, 280, steel-engraved frontispiece (a little and spotted), apart from light offsetting from frontispiece to opposite title-page very good copy.
First edition, first printing of a very rare work. In 1840 the Irish colonial administrator, anti-slavery campaigner, traveller, Irish Nationalist, and author accompanied Sir Moses Montefiore on his mission to Egypt to plead for a group of Jews from Damascus accused of ritual murder. Madden reports on Catholic and French interventions on behalf of the prosecuted Jews in Damascus and surroundings, as well as detailing the ethnographic and religious mi of Greater Egypt. Apart from dealing with the slave trade in both Egypt and Turkey and the role of ethnic and religious minorities Madden gives a detailed biography of Muhammd Ali, Pasha of Egypt, his rise to power and his reforms. Madden and Montefiore had the opportunity of talking extensively with the Pasha, which makes this book an indispensable first-hand source on Egypt and the lands controlled by the Khedive in the 19th century. - The second printing appeared in the same year and is called 'second edition' on the title-page.
Not in Blackmer or Atabey.