REY, Emmanuel Guillaume. La société civile dans les principautés franques de Syrie. Paris, Alphonse Picard, 1879.
8vo. Entirely uncut and unopened in the original plaine wrappers re-inforced); pp. 24; wrappers a little spotted, very light spotting to final page; otherwise very good; printed on high-quality paper (unusual for France at that time).
Very rare first edition, separately paginated offprint from Cabinet historique, one of only 100 copies printed. A work on the non-combattant population of Lebanon and Syria during the crusades. Most historians paid attention to the fast change of rulers and military events than to the varios ethnic and religious factions of the Levant, and their fate during the ebb and flow of conquest and lost battles. Rey was the foremost French historian of the Middle East during the Middle Ages and published a now extremely rare work on crusader castles. After having dealt with the life of the Christian knights he examines of the fate of the inidigineous people during these turbulent times, starting on page 17.
Not in COPAC, OCLC locates only two copies, in the Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Germany and in the French National Library.