Observations on the Passage to India, Through Egypt: Also by Vienna Through Constantinople to Aleppo, and from Thence by Bagdad and Directly Across the Great Desert to Bassora : With Occasional Remarks on the Adjacent Countries, an Account of the Different Stages, and Sketches of the Several Routes on Four Copper Plates

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W. Faden ... J. Robson ... and R. Sewell, 1785 - Arabian Peninsula - 270 pages
 

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Page 253 - Borel entirely without clothes, presented him with his abba, or outer cloak, invited him to approach the fire, and gave him coffee and a pipe ; which an Arab, when he is not on the march, has always prepared. The people finding that Monsieur Borel did not understand Arabic, enquired for his interpreter, who was found asleep, and slightly wounded.
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