Rare Travel Book: MacGill, Thomas; An Account of Tunis....1811.

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MacGill, Thomas; An Account of Tunis; if its Government, Manners, Customs, and Antiquities; especially of its productions, Manufactures, and Commerce. Glasgow, J.Hedderwick & Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London. 1st edition, 1811. Octavo, pp. 4, 187, 1.

In later full speckled calf gold spine bands and gold/red spine label, toning outer edge of text leaves, title page with archival repair inner upper corner, stamp of the Mercantile Library, Philadelphia on title page and two leaves. Binding fine, text in good condition.


MacGill; a Glasgow merchant, provides a history, customs and current economic state of Tunis. The Bey of Tunis, its hereditary ruler, had achieved independence from the Ottoman Turks, and the local representatives of the Western European powers were competing for influence and trading advantages in the region. The author expresses his opinions on the Bey, the courtiers, the social structure of the country and its numerous exports and manufactures. The work is seldom seen in the 1st edition.