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1844: grammar and dictionary of Berber Arabic

Venture de Paradis, Jean-Michel Grammaire et dictionnaire abrégés de la langue Berbère... revus par P. Amédée Joubert. Paris Imprimerie Royale 1844
First edition. 4to, pp.[vii], xxiii, 236; Arabic characters in text. Recueil de voyages et de mémoires, publié par la Société de Géographie, volume 7, part 1. A very good unsophisticated copy bound in recent half calf, cloth boards. Light foxing throughout.
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Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis, 1739–99, was chief interpreter to Napoleon on his expedition to Egypt. He had not studied Arabic in academic circles. 'Rather he was the son of a dragoman and he had worked as a dragoman himself in Istanbul, Sidon, Cairo and Tunis before becoming professor of Turkish at the Ecole spéciale des langues orientales vivantes.... In 1790 he published a memoir on the need to study Oriental languages in order to promote commercial and political relations.... In Egypt he played a crucial role because of his previous knowledge of the land and his personal contacts and he was in effect Bonaparte's first minister for all Oriental matters. The Egyptian scholar and historian al-Jabarti met him and praised his as an eloquent and likeable man. Venture de Paradis died of dysentery in 1799 at Nazareth and was buried under the walls of Acre' (Irwin, p.138). This grammar and dictionary of the Berber language, which also contains his description of various itineraries in the region was left unpublished on his death and was prepared for publication in 1844 by Pierre Amédée Emilien Probe Jaubert, 1799–1847. It includes a biographical notice of Venture de Paradis by Edme François Jomard, 1777–1862.