The Scourge of Christendom

Annals of British Relations with Algiers Prior to the French Conquest


Lieut.-Colonel R L Playfair


Smith, Elder & Co, London, 1884
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback bound in the original red cloth with gilt titling to spine and gilt sail boat to upper board. 22.5 × 14cm, xiv + 327pp. With 7 plates.

From the introduction; "The title of this work hardly perhaps defines the author's object with sufficient accuracy. A complete history of what the Dey and his Divan fondly called ' The famous and warlike city of Algiers ' would comprise that of all the maritime states of Europe from the sixteenth century, and a never-ending series of intestine struggles and revolutions that would possess no interest for any one. The author does not propose to do more than to illustrate the history of British relations with this 'Scourge of Christendom,' from its origin as a piratical state till the abolition of Christian slavery by Lord Exmouth in 1816, and the final conquest of the country by the French. A history, in fact, of the consulate of Algiers, the first ever constituted by England." The plates are: 1. A plan of Algiers; 2. An engraving of Algers from 1579; 3. View of Algiers in 1749; 4. Facsimile of Turkish firman (edict); 5. Rough sketch of the English and Dutch squadrons; 6. The bombardment of Algiers in1824; 7. Environs of Algiers after the French conquest.


A good copy but with some wear. The red cloth is faded to the spine and rippled to the rear joint, lightly rubbed and bumped. The inner binding is secure, but the pages are foxed (heavily to the plates and surrounding pages). Previous owner's booklate to front pastedown (Thomas Glen Arthur).

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