Sixteen years in Morocco
An Account of the Empire of Marocco, and the districts of Suse and Tafilelt;
compiled from miscellaneous observations made during a long residence in, and various journies through, these countries. To which is added an account of Shipwrecks on the Western Coast of Africa, and an interesting Account of Timbuctoo, the great emporium of Central Africa. London printed for the author by W. Bulmer & Co 1811
Second edition, corrected and considerably enlarged. 4to (27.5 x 22 cm), pp.[iv], xvi, 328, frontispiece portrait, 12 plates, 6 folding, 3 coloured, 2 coloured folding maps. Two sheets of reprinted reviews tipped in. A very good copy bound in modern half morocco over cloth. Some spotting to plates. Presentation letter from the author to John Silvester, dated 2 July 1813, bound in with original wrapper.
James Grey Jackson spent sixteen years in Morocco as British Consul at Mogador and traded throughout the region. In 1806 he was the first to report that Mungo Park had reached Timbuktu, and first published this account, based on his Moroccan experiences, in 1809. Jackson describes the culture, geography, flora, and fauna of the Barbary coast and its interior in great depth. His observations on the nature of the bubonic plague are incisive; his descriptions of the other ailments common in the region and the local materia medica employed are unusually open to the efficacy of non-European practices. Jackson's account of Arabic and the Berber languages spoken in Morocco is informative, and particularly strong in the distinction it draws between the scholarly knowledge of a European professor with no knowledge of spoken Arabic, and that of a linguist taught by ear. The illustrations and maps in this second edition were prepared to correct the defects of the first edition, and the maps in particular are rich in printed annotation. His presentation letter in our copy describes "the first edition being imperfect or not sufficiently accurate to be referred to on matters of importance". Sir John Silvester was Recorder of London from 1803 to 1822.