Smyrna [Turkey]: 27 Thermidor, year 11 (14 August 1802). Quarto (ca. 24x19,5 cm). 1 p. Brown ink on laid paper, addressed and with postal stamps on verso. Fold marks, minor hole on the lower margin after opening, apparently not affecting the text. Paper age toned, but overall a very good letter written in legible hand.
In this historically interesting letter Fourcade tells Barbie du Bocage that he could find out little about the artefact that Barbie du Bocage had entrusted him with. Additionally he wishes he could have found out something that would be agreeable to former French Royal ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and scholar of ancient Greece, Choiseul-Gouffier, who's work Voyage Pittoresque en Grèce, Forcade obviously used as a guide for his own researches. Fourcade adds that he will take Barbie du Bocage's advice about the plain of Bournabat and Mount Sipylos. Furthermore, he states that he has been toiling away in Smyrna and has generally been very busy, but that he gives his word to Barbie du Bocage, who at the time was preparing a map of Morea, that Fourcade will soon prepare the geometrical map of the plain of Bournabat along with a view of Mount Sipylos from the agreed vantage point, but that he is waiting for temperatures to fall and for two days free time to complete the survey.
In Smyrna, Foucade was the guest of French Consul General Choderlos de Laclos, brother of the Napoleonic General and famed author of Liaisons Dangereuse. Previously, Fourcade had been imprisoned by the Turks for a year when Napoleon invaded Egypt and now he was about to become French Consul at Sinop on the Black Sea coast in the region of ancient Pompeiopolis and Pontus, which was full of unexplored ruins from the time of the Trojan Wars. Fourcade spent seven years at Sinop, where he would explore and survey the ancient sites, but his researches would remain unpublished after his premature death in 1813 (whilst Consul at Salonica) and it was not until later that he received credit as a pioneering explorer of Asia Minor.
Price: $750.00 USD