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Benoît de Maillet


French diplomat and traveller. General consul of the king of France in Cairo, 1692–1708; consul in Livorno, 1708–14; inspector of French establishments in the Levant and Barbary States, 1715–20; retired to Paris, 1720–1, then Marseilles. Published Description de l’Egypte (1735). His Telliamed, based on geological observations made during his travels in Egypt and other Mediterranean countries, was published posthumously (1748).


Carozzi trans. and ed. 1968, DSB



DSB: Dictionary of scientific biography. Edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie and Frederic L. Holmes. 18 vols. including index and supplements. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1970–90.

NBU: Nouvelle biographie universelle depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu’à nos jours, avec les renseignements bibliographiques et l’indication des sources a consulter. Edited by Jean Chrétien Ferdinand Hoefer. 46 vols. in 23. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères. 1852–66.