Thursday, March 23, 2006

On Shabbetai Sevi--a near contemporary account

Here is an interesting account of Shabbetai Sevi by a French traveler named Jean Dumont, baron de Carlscroon (1667-1727). The letter was written from Izmir/ Smyrna in 1692 when he was traveling through the Middle East (the Levant). It was published in French and then in English translation in London in 1705 under the title A new voyage to the Levant: containing an account of the most remarkable curiosities ... with historical observations ... By the Sieur du Mont. Done into English ; and adorn'd with figures.. (Incidentally, on the very next page there is a nice bit of antisemitic stereotyping.

1 comment:

  1. it was translated six years before:
    London, Printed by T. H. for M. Gillyflower [etc.] 1696.

    in the section "books lately printed" Laurence Echard brings it.



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