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[ECONOMICS; NAPOLEANA]. Briefe Über Die Neueste Ereignisse In Egypten Und Ihre Beziehungen Auf Den Handel Nach Ostindien Und Im Mittelländischen Meere.

[ECONOMICS; NAPOLEANA]. Briefe Über Die Neueste Ereignisse In Egypten Und Ihre Beziehungen Auf Den Handel Nach Ostindien Und Im Mittelländischen Meere.

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[ECONOMICS; NAPOLEANA]. Briefe Über Die Neueste Ereignisse In Egypten Und Ihre Beziehungen Auf Den Handel Nach Ostindien Und Im Mittelländischen Meere.

  

8vo, 76, [2 blank] p., gothic type, headpieces and endpieces of single or double rule, remains of contemporary decorated paper wrappers with floral motif on spine, contemporary signature on title page of “...Burgermeister Hofer[?],” small ink stains to title page, very light foxing to outer leaves several corners folded or creased, else very good copy.


Anonymous letters written from Egypt in the September 1798, discussing the anticipated impact on European trade following Napoleon’s landing at Alexandria in July. Though defeated by Nelson at sea in the Battle of the Nile, on 1 August, Bonaparte’s army was victorious on land, allowing Bonaparte to establish himself as “liberator” of Egypt. The French goal, to protect its trade and disrupt British commercial access to India and the east, succeeded only briefly, but in the three years of occupation, the French introduced western ideas and technologies to Egypt, leading some recent historians to label the period “the start of the modern Middle East.” Only copy located is at Harvard; microfilmed for Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature (no. 17285.0).

   

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