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HÖST, GEORG. - [THE EARLIEST DESCRIPTION OF MOROCCAN-ARABIC DIALECT IN A EUROPEAN SOURCE]

Efterretninger om Marókos og Fes, samlede der i Landene fra Ao.1760 til 1768.

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Kiøbenhavn [Copenhagen], N. Möller, 1779. 4to. Contemporary half calf with five raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Wear to upper and lower part of spine. Previous owner's name to front free end-paper. A fine and clean copy printed on thick paper. (18), 291, (24) pp. + frontiespeice (of George Höst) and 34 engraved plates, several of them folded. ¶ First edition of one of the very first detailed descriptions of North Africa and Marocco in particular, containing the earliest description of Moroccan-Arabic dialect in a European source by mentioning personal pronouns, some verbs and prepositions, genitive marker, present markers and euphemisms, together with comparisons between Moroccan and Classical Arabic.

Containing detailed and accurate information about the history, geography, government, commerce, religion, culture and customs, it became one of the most important works for the study of Morocco in the eighteenth century, and it was quickly translated into German and French.

Georg Hjersing Höst (1734-1794) was between 1760 and 1768 in Morocco, first in the service of the Danish-African Royal Company and later as vice consul of Denmark in Mogador (Essaouira).

Schnurrer "Biblioheca Arabica", vide Nos. 125 a. 139

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