Frankfurt [am Main], Friedrich Wilmans, 1829. Large 8vo (23.0 x 13.1 cm). xxvi, 388 pp. eight folded engravings and five maps on four folded sheets (combined numbering is 1-12, with two maps on plate 10). In an expertly made period-style speckled half calf binding. Marbled boards. Spine with gilt chains and vignettes, and red morocco label with gilt title.
Rare first edition. Eduard Rüppell (1794-1884) was the son of a Frankfurt banker. Independently wealthy, he undertook his first journey to Egypt in 1817. From 1822-1827, he embarked on his own self-financed nature expedition to Nubien - the region of Egypt and Sudan between the Nile and the Red Sea, and of which this book is an account. The plates show scenery and monuments. The map of the river Nile ("Taf. 10") is in two parts; sometimes counted as separate maps. Text block is tight and in good condition, with only very occasional spotting or foxing. Expert repair to a corner and edge of title page. A very good, complete copy. Embacher, 225; Gay, 117; Henze IV, 706.