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Macgill, Thomas

An account of Tunis: of its government, manners, customs, and antiquities ; especially of its productions, manufactures and commerce.

Glasgow, “printed by J.Hedderwick & Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London” 1811.

Reference: 8841
Price: £380 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. (4) + 187 + (1)pp. Quarter calf, marbled boards. Slightly browned internally owing to quality of paper stock.

A description by a Glasgow merchant of the history, customs and current economic state of Tunis. The Bey of Tunis, its hereditary ruler, had by then achieved effective independence from the Ottoman Turks, and in a situation where the local representatives of the Western European powers were competing for influence and trading advantages, the author expresses his opinions on the Bey, his courtiers, the social structure of the country and its exports and manufactures. First edition (a second edition followed in 1816).