A voyage to Arabia the Happy

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Title

A voyage to Arabia the Happy
by the way of the eastern ocean, and the streights of the Red-Sea : perform'd by the French for the first time, A.D. 1708, 1709, 1710 : together with a particular relation of a journey from the port of Moka to the court of the king of Yemen, in the second expedition, A.D. 1711, 1712, 1713 : also, an account of the coffee-tree, and its fruit : likewise an historical treatise of the first use of coffee, and the progress it afterwards made both in Asia and Europe, how it was introduced into France, and whence it came to be so generally received at Paris.

Description

Originally published in French under the title Voyage de l’Arabie Heureuse, La Roque’s travel narrative of his exploits in Arabia combines with a history of the coffee trade in this English translation of A Voyage to Arabia: the Happy. La Roque, a French traveler and journalist, kept a descriptive, detailed account of his travels to the East through a series of letters, and an account of the coffee plantations/ trade in Yemen. The first section of the text contains a series of letters documenting the voyage into Arabia, and the experiences of his travels there. La Roque describes the harbor, city, and people he encounters upon his arrival, documenting his visits to Moka and St. Malo. He also includes a letter regarding Sultan Mehemed Ben Beiny, and a treaty made between the Governor of Moka and the captains of the French vessels. The other parts of this text consist of an account of the coffee tree, its fruit, and a Historical Treatise of the first use of coffee. The last feature is an excellent index, which lists important components of the text alphabetically. 
Marymount University’s Gomatos Collection contains a copy of this text as translated into English, published in London in 1726 for G. Strahan. It is a single volume, intact with copies of the detailed maps, drawings of the coffee tree, bean, and leaves that La Roque included in the original text.
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Publisher

London: Published for G. Strahan

Date

1726

Contributor

Sustko, Alyce

Format

Book; 1v

Language

English

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Citation

La Roque, Jean de, 1661-1745., “A voyage to Arabia the Happy,” John T. and Agnes J. Gomatos Special Collections Room, accessed October 20, 2018, http://gomatos.wrlc.org/items/show/12.