A contract relating to the hire of a boat taking tourists down the Nile Egypt, dated 1861
Lot 55
An early tourist contract between Thomas Southey and four companions, and the translator Muhammad Hasan (an Ottoman national) Ottoman Egypt, dated AH 1277/AD 1861
Sold for £336 (US$ 527) inc. premium

Lot Details
An early tourist contract between Thomas Southey and four companions, and the translator Muhammad Hasan (an Ottoman national)
Ottoman Egypt, dated AH 1277/AD 1861
Arabic manuscript on paper, 29 lines to the page written in divani script in black ink, seal impression of Muhammad Hasan with English inscription For attestation of the above seal of Muhammad Hasan, British Consulate, Cairo, 26th January 1861, Henry Calvert V Consul[...], seal impression of the Consulate, creased
315 x 151 mm.

Footnotes

  • A brief translation: Muhammad Hasan to accompany Thomas Southey and companions to Luxor and Aswan, arrange for them the boat of their choice with furniture, cooking utensils, bedding, food and provisions (except wine and beer), payment to include tips, tolls, donkeys and servants and all other expenses, the journey not to exceed twelve days, and a cook to be provided. The party is to pay Muhammad Hasan the sum of 160 guineas up until Luxor and an extra 25 guineas to the first waterfall at Aswan. The sum of 105 guineas is to be paid in advance.

    Henry Hunter Calvert (1817-82) was from 1838 onwards resident within the Ottoman Empire. He served in the British Consulate at Erzerum in 1851 and was later Vice-Consul in Alexandria, where he remained for 25 years.
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