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An Historical and Geographical Account of Algiers; Containing a Circumstantial and Interesting Detail of Events relative to the American Captives, Taken from Their Own Testimony

Stephens, James Wilson Complete with the scarce folding frontispiece "The Manner of Bastinading" (up to 300 strokes of a bundle of sticks upon the soles of the feet.) Contemporary sheep, neatly and securely rebacked retaining the orignal leather label. From the FIRST PRINTER IN BROOKLYN, this is the first substantial work from his press. During the period 1799 to 1800, Thomas Kirk issued a local Advertiser, a pamphlet on the Lying-In Hospital of the City of New York, and Greenleaf's Almanac of 36 pages. Stephens's work is 318 pages in length, with a 4 page List of New York City subscribers (nearly 550 in number, 12 specifically from Brooklyn). These early Brooklyn imprints are discussed in Sreeter, vol. 2, 888. There are two parts to this work, History of Algiers and Description of Algiers. All manner of subjects are discussed from the clouds of locusts to the provisions given to American captives from corsair raids ("black bread and water, amd sometimes a few rotton olives, which they regarded as a great dainty"). Full descriptions of Islam in practice (pp. 168-189 and 232-242) are provided: "charms of women of the most ineffible and ravishing beauty" await in Paradise. Slavery at all levels is a principal subject of interest, hard labor, roasting alive, brutality of Turkish soldiers and always the danger from the plague and small pox. Negotiations for the freedom of American prisoners, are recounted with letters and treaties and details of the enormous ransoms paid. This book was first published in Philadelphia in 1797 ( the author's name then was spelled Stevens). An excellent copy. Size: 12mo