Huber's travels through Arabia in 1883-1884
By HUBER, Charles , 1891

Journal d'un voyage en arabie.

  • Author: HUBER, Charles
  • Publication place: Paris,
  • Publication date: 1891.
  • Physical description: 4to (280 by 190mm), xii, 778pp., 14 lithograph plans, and 13 plates (of which two are folding), plates printed in two colours, original paper wrappers, frayed and torn.
  • Inventory reference: 15159


Charles August Hurber (1837-1884) was a French explorer and linguist, who travelled extensively in north western Saudi Arabia, between 1878 and 1884. The first expedition (1878-1882) which was sponsored by the French Ministry of Education, saw Huber explore the Bedouin grazing routes in the Arabian Desert from Palmyra, Syria, in the north to Hijaz (in present-day Saudi Arabia) in the south. Huber's predominant interest was in pre-Islamic, especially Juedo-Christian history. On his return to Paris in 1882, the results of his first expedition were published by the Bulletin de la Societé de Geographie, first issued in 1884. In 1883, Huber returned to Arabia, under the auspices of the Academie des Inscription et Belle Lettres and the French Geographical Society tracing a route from Damascus through Tabuk, Tayma, Al-Ula, Hail, and Jeddah. One of his greatest finds during his second expedition was the so called Tayma stone, which shows the string links that existed between the Arabia and Mesopotamia during the 5th century BC, and now resides in the Louvre in Paris. Unfortunately, Huber would not see the fruits of his labours, as just outside Jeddah on 29th July 1884, he was robbed and murdered by his guides. He was buried in the non Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, whilst his diary and other private papers were shipped back to France. His diary together with his maps were published in 1891 - the present work.

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