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  1. 116543comp
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    Revolt in the Desert.

    Presentation copy of the third impression, inscribed "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's Holly Copse (Goring Heath, Oxon) notepaper inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing love & gratitude from Eric & Celandine Ap[ril] 1927", and Celandine's transcription of Lawrence's dedicatory poem to the complete edition Seven Pillars of Wisdom, "To S. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116543

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 116527comp
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    Passenger To Teheran.

    First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket, and inscribed by the author to her lover Hilda "Stoker" Matheson (1888-1940). The inscription, to the front free endpaper, reads "From V. Dec 1928". This book was one of several inscribed by Vita and given to her then-lover Hilda Matheson (1888-1940), whom she nicknamed "Stoker", in December 1928. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116527

    Signed: Yes

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  3. 116523comp
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    Twelve Days.

    An account of a journey across the Bakhtiari Mountains in South-western Persia.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Sackville-West's Persian travelogue to her then lover Hilda "Stoker" Matheson, in an excellent example of the scarce jacket, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "From V. Dec. 1928". This book was one of several inscribed by Vita and given to her then-lover Hilda Matheson (1888-1940), whom she nicknamed "Stoker", in December 1928. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: The Hogarth Press

    Stock Code: 116523

    Signed: Yes

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  4. 116256

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.

    First trade edition. Originally published in a very limited edition in 1926, Seven Pillars of Wisdom was published by Cape in a trade edition immediately following Lawrence's death. A monumental work. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116256

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  5. Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.
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    Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia.

    [Complete as six offprints from] Revue Archeologique, Publiée sous la direction de Mm. G. Perrot et S. Reinach.
    A rare presentation set of offprint first editions comprising the complete Notes on a Journey Through Cilicia and Lycaonia, with an autograph letter signed from Bell presenting the whole to Professor Ludwig Richard Enno Littman (1875-1958) laid in. The apparently unpublished letter, on Rounton Grange, Northallerton, stationery, is dated October 17 [presumably 1907], and contains four pages of lively archaeological discussion ("Your suggestion that all this series of castles is Islamic comes to me I confess as a new idea. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1906-7

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 115580

    Signed: Yes

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  6. Revolt in the Desert.

    Revolt in the Desert.

    Large paper issue of the first edition, limited to 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale; this copy is number 140. The costs for production of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom had ballooned to such an extent that Lawrence was contemplating selling either his library or some of his property to clear the debt. Eventually he settled on the publication of an abridgement, undertaken in 1926 by Lawrence himself with the help of some of his fellow servicemen, an earlier attempt by Edward Garnett having been set aside. Learn More
    £2,000

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115343

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  7. A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.

    Appendices. I—Wyoming in 1891. II—Munich in 1892.
    First and only edition, "printed for private circulation only" (front board and title page), uncommon: OCLC traces ten copies world-wide, Copac adds copies at Glasgow University and the Royal College of Physicians. Attfield (1866-1908) went to Egypt as sanitary and quarantine medical at Suez, and also worked as a director of the pilgrims' quarantine encampment at El Tor, situated across the Red Sea in Sinai. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115304

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  8. The World in Miniature; Persia,

    The World in Miniature; Persia,

    Containing a brief description of the country; and an account of its government, laws, and religion, and of the character, manners and customs, arts, amusements, etc. of its inhabitants.
    First edition of the fifth title in the World in Miniature series. Shoberl was textually indebted to Ouseley, Malcolm, J. M. Kinneir, Waring, Morier and other contemporary authorities; the engravings reproduce designs by Persian artists. "The aim of this interesting series [was] to increase the store of knowledge concerning the various branches of the great family of Man" (Abbey). Learn More
    £1,000

    Date of Publication: 1822

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115123

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  9. A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.

    A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.

    [with two offprints of articles by Farmer in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society:] Music, The Priceless Jewel (1941); The Music of the Arabian Nights (1945).
    First edition, first impression of this pioneering study of Arab music from the pre-Islamic period until the extinction of the ‘Abbasid caliphate in 1258, uncommon in the dust jacket, this copy accompanied by two interesting offprints, and with a nice association, containing the ownership inscription of American Arabist Robert Brenton Betts, author of The Druze (1991) and other works, to the front pastedown (dated Cairo 1987), and also to the inside wrapper of one of the offprints, Music, The Priceless Jewel (dated 31 January 1994). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1929

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 115062

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  10. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
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    A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

    under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby. July 1917 to October 1918. Compiled from Official Sources and Published by The Palestine News.
    First edition, first impression, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth, scarce in this state. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Lieut. Col. G.E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Pirie-Gordon. Learn More
    £4,000

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: Cairo

    Stock Code: 114471

    Signed: Yes

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  11. The Background of Islam, being a Sketch of Arabian History in pre-Islamic Times.
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    The Background of Islam, being a Sketch of Arabian History in pre-Islamic Times.

    First edition, limited to 500 numbered copies signed by Philby, this numbered 316. Philby had originally approached John Murray to publish the present work with the intention of establishing himself as an authority on pre-islamic Arabia, but Murray rejected the manuscript having established that much of Philby's source material had been superseded. Philby, undaunted in his self-belief, published at his own expense. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: Alexandria

    Stock Code: 114457

    Signed: Yes

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  12. Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.

    Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.

    First edition, first impression. "Using previously unpublished material from the Russian Navy Central Archives in St Petersburg, this book is the first publication of its kind, shedding new light on the period from 1899 to 1903 when Russia succeeded in penetrating the Arabian Gulf for a short time" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1993

    Published: Reading

    Stock Code: 114443

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  13. Under Persian Skies:

    Under Persian Skies:

    A Record of Travel by the Old Caravan Routes of Western Persia.
    First edition, first impression of this detailed account of Persia under Reza Shah, seldom encountered in this condition with the dust jacket; this is a particularly bright example of the original cloth. A German edition followed a year later, under the title Persien wie es ist und war. Norden sailed to Damascus, travelled across the Syrian desert to Baghdad, before continuing through Najaf, Basra, across the Persian Gulf to Shiraz, then Isfahan and Tehran before returning via Baku and Trabzon. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114442

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  14. Specimen Poeseos Persicae,

    Specimen Poeseos Persicae,

    Sive Muhammedis Schems-Eddini notioris agnomine Haphyzi Ghazelae, sive odae sexdecim ex initio Divani depromptae, nunc primum latinitate donatae, cum metaphrasi ligata & soluta, paraphrasi item ac notis.
    First edition of any substantial part of the Hafiz corpus in the original Persian, compiled by Austro-Hungarian diplomat and Persianist Count Karl Emmerich Reviczky (1737-1793). With the bookplate of Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861), "England's earliest female bibliophile" (ODNB), whose famous library at Eshton Hall, Yorkshire, Dibdin judged to place her "at the head of all female collectors in Europe" (idem) and to be surpassed only by the collection of Earl Spencer, who acquired Reviczky's libary en bloc in 1768. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1771

    Published: Vienna

    Stock Code: 114406

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  15. Map of Western Asia.

    Map of Western Asia.

    First edition of this detailed map of the Middle East, centred on Iran and including the Persian Gulf and the holy cities of Arabia, and extending to the Caucasus and Central Asia in the north, Anatolia, the Levant and the Red Sea in the west, and Sindh and Afghanistan in the west; rare, with three copies only traced in libraries (British Library, National Library of Scotland, and the University of British Columbia); OCLC traces two copies of a second edition, published in 1885 (Library of Congress and Berkeley). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1878

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 114390

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  16. Saudi Arabian Portfolio.
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    Saudi Arabian Portfolio.

    Introduction by His Royhal highness Prince Saud Al Faisal. Design by Will Hopkins.
    First edition, King Khalid of Saudi Arabia's copy of this splendid photoessay, inscribed by the photographer "To His Majesty King Khalid ibn Abdulaziz, with many thanks for the encouragement and cooperation of the Government of Saudi Arabia, enabling me to complete this work, Robert Azzi" on the front free endpaper. This is one of ten copies only in the presentation binding of full calf gilt (the trade issue was cloth-bound). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1978

    Published: Zurich

    Stock Code: 114374

    Signed: Yes

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  17. The Suez Canal.

    The Suez Canal.

    Letters and documents descriptive of its rise and progress in 1854-1856. Translated by N. D’Anvers.
    First edition in English of De Lesseps's Lettres, journal et documents pour servir à l'histoire du Canal de Suez (Paris: Didier, 1875). Published in the wake of British involvement when "in 1875 Disraeli, in a dazzling secret coup assisted by the Rothschilds, bought for Britain the shares originally subscribed for by the Khedive Ismail" (Printing and the Mind of Man 339). Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114060

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  18. The Tomb of Tutankhamen.

    The Tomb of Tutankhamen.

    Discovered by the late Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter.
    First edition, first impressions, of Carter's own account of the most spectacular archaeological discovery of the 20th century. "In the summer of 1922 Carter persuaded Carnarvon to allow him to conduct one more campaign in the valley. Starting work earlier than usual Howard Carter opened up the stairway to the tomb of Tutankhamen on 4 November 1922. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113870

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  19. Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    Published by permission of the Foreign Office. Foreword by A. W. Lawrence.
    Limited edition, number 663 of 1,000 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua type on handmade paper. "The majority of Lawrence's contributions to the Arab Bulletin are published in this volume. In addition to these items, ‘Syrian Cross Currents', previously unpublished, is included; this was taken from a manuscript on Arab Bureau paper" (O'Brien). Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: [Waltham St Lawrence]

    Stock Code: 113841

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  20. With the Riff Kabyles.

    With the Riff Kabyles.

    With an introduction by Douglas Booth.
    First edition in English, originally published in German the previous year as Feuer am Rif. The author lived among the Rif Berbers of Morocco from 1923 to 1924, at the height of the war with Spain (the Rif War or Second Moroccan War), which began in 1920 and ended in 1926 with the Spanish reconquest of the region and the exile of Rifi leader Abd el-Krim. Learn More
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113730

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