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Freeing Christian slaves in Alger and Tunis in 1720

[LA FAYE, Jean Baptiste de].
Voyage pour la redemption des captifs, aux royaumes d'Alger et de Tunis. Fait en 1720. Par les PP. François Comelin, Philemon de la Motte, & Joseph Bernard de l'Ordre de la sainte Trinité, dits Mathurins.Including: La tradition de l'eglise.
Paris, Louis-Anne Sevestre and Pierre-François Giffart, 1721. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece portrait of Louis XV, engraved by P.F. Giffart, folding engraved plate of the court of the Dey (Regent) of Algiers, and a regular engraved plate in the second part. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine.
€ 1,000
First edition of an account of a voyage of three Trinitarian Fathers, François Comelin, Joseph Bernard and Philemon de la Motte, to Algiers and Tunis, initiated to free Christians enslaved by the Muslim rulers of North Africa. It describes the people they meet in Algiers, the progress of their negotiations with ambassadors, and the manners and customs of the Moors living in North Africa, and their journey to Tunis and back to France. Also included are more general descriptions of the cities and their ports. According to Barbier, the account was written by Jean-Baptiste de la Faye. The second part, La tradition de l'eglise, includes a list with the names of more than 400 Christian slaves, noting their age and years in captivity and describing their return home. Also given are Biblical texts related to slaves, captives and prisoners, to illustrate the proper Christian attitude towards slavery.
With two owner's inscriptions in ink on title-page. Some occasional minor foxing or spotting, page 11-12 torn with minor text loss. Binding somewhat rubbed along the extremities, top of spine damaged. Overall in good condition.
Barbier IV, col. 1095; Gay 484.
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