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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to history, travel, culture and exploration in the Middle East, that is, modern Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar.

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  1. The Holy War in Tripoli.
    ABBOTT, George Frederick. The Holy War in Tripoli.

    London : 1912

    First edition, first impression, of this "fascinating contemporary account" of the Turco-Italian War of 1911-12 (Motadel, Islam and European Empires, p. 17). George Abbott, a British journalist, spent four months among the Turco-Arab forces fighting the Italian occupation of Cyrenaica, modern-day Libya. The resistance was led on the Arab side by Sufi... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 129757

  2. Peuples et Races de l'Asie Mineure.
    ACRITAS, D. Peuples et Races de l'Asie Mineure.

    Constantinople : 1922

    First and sole edition of this interesting survey dating to the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Highly uncommon, not located on Library Hub, WorldCat cites copies at just eight institutional libraries worldwide, three in the US (Princeton, Ohio, Cincinnati), the remainder in Europe.

    The present work, commissioned by Aristeidis Stergiadis, High... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134320

  3. Album d'Aden.
    ADEN. Album d'Aden.

    [Aden] : [c.1885]

    Souvenir album with late 19th century views of Aden, showing 1) La Poste - Post Office 2) Port des Steamers - Steamer Point two panels 3) Ismis - Ismis 4) Mann Pass - Mann Pass 5) Parc aux Chamaux - Chamel's (sic) Park 6) Panorama d'Aden - General View of Aden three panels 7) Palais de Justice - Palace of Justice 8) Les Cisternes - The Cisterns 9) Les... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 122819

  4. Album d'Aden.
    ADEN. Album d'Aden.

    [Aden] : [c.1885]

    Souvenir album with late 19th century views of Aden, showing 1) La Poste - Post Office 2) Port des Steamers - Steamer Point two panels 3) Ismis - Ismis 4) Mann Pass - Mann Pass 5) Panorama d'Aden - General View of Aden three panels 6) Parc aux Chamaux - Chamel's (sic) Park7) Palais de Justice - Palace of Justice 8) Les Cisternes - The Cisterns 9) Les... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 122817

  5. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
    AINSWORTH, William Francis. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;

    London : 1838

    First edition. "Ainsworth was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to the Euphrates expedition. This account of the geological work of the expedition is dedicated to Francis Chesney head of the expedition. Ainsworth produced this work very quickly, long before Chesney's own account... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95148

  6. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
    AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.

    Cairo : 1939

    First edition in any western language of the second novel, widely considered as one of his best, by a key figure in the development of modern Egyptian literature. A limited edition of 450 copies, this 349, signed by the author, rare with just four locations identified world-wide: American Universities Beirut and Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Bibliothèque... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141117

  7. The Visit of HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and the Earl of Athlone to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 25 February - 18 March 1938. With a Summary of Saudi-British Relations.
    ALDAMER, Shafi; Richard Mortel; Humberto da Silveira. The Visit of HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone and the Earl of Athlone to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 25 February - 18 March 1938. With a Summary of Saudi-British Relations.

    Riyadh : 2007

    Extremely uncommon first and sole edition of this handsome publication, presenting for the first time photographs taken by Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, on her historic state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Travelling with with her husband the Earl of Athlone, and her son, Lord Frederick Cambridge, the Countess of Athlone was the first... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131261

  8. Diary of a March through Sinde and Affghanistan,
    ALLEN, Isaac Nicholson. Diary of a March through Sinde and Affghanistan,

    London : 1843

    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent, the diary reflects an older and... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133338

  9. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.
    ANTONIADI, E. M. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.

    Athens : 1907-09

    First and only edition of this scarce and important monograph, from the library of the traveler, aesthete, and writer on art Robert Byron (1905-1941), inscribed by him on a blank before the half-title in volume I, "Robert Byron, sent by A. E. Benaki" and with Byron's signature in the same location in the other volumes.

    A fine provenance: Antonis... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 143223

  10. Souvenirs du Gâzi Moustafa Kemâl Pacha.
    ATATÜRK - DENY, Jean. Souvenirs du Gâzi Moustafa Kemâl Pacha.

    Paris : 1927

    First edition, an offprint from the Revue des Etudes Islamiques, decidedly scarce in commerce, and although well-represented institutionally, Library Hub cites only two copies in Britain (Cambridge and Eton). This is an early memoir of Atatürk, translated by Deny from the autobiographical anecdotes published in the government newspapers Milliyet and... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144804

  11. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.
    ATTAR, Maher. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.

    Beirut : 2006

    First edition of this uncommon photobook by the Lebanese-born photojournalist and portraitist Maher Attar, recording the renovation of the old Souk in Doha. The text is by Mohamed Ali Abdullah, the architect on the project which won the Aga Khan Architectural Award for 2010. "The revitalisation project, a unique architectural revival of one of the most... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 98886

  12. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.
    ATTAR, Maher. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.

    Beirut : 2006

    First edition. Uncommon photobook by the Lebanese-born photojournalist and portraitist Maher Attar, recording the renovation of the old Souk in Doha. The text is by Mohamed Ali Abdullah the architect on the project which won the Aga Khan Architectural Award for 2010; "The revitalisation project, a unique architectural revival of one of the most important... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 97440

  13. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.
    BACCANTI, Alberto. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.

    Casalmaggiore : 1791

    First and only edition of this epic poem in Italian recounting the life of Muhammad in 12 cantos of ottava rima, each canto illustrated with a full-page engraved plate, in addition to two frontispiece portraits of the author and of Muhammad astride a rampant horse, all after original paintings by Paolo Araldi. Originally from Casalmaggiore, Araldi (d.... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 102633

  14. A Survey of the Holy Land;
    BANNISTER, J. T. A Survey of the Holy Land;

    Bath : [c.1851]

    An attractive copy of Bannister's Survey of the Holy Land, first published in 1843. Bannister's illustrated narrative is a key example of the mid-nineteenth century genre of biblical travel writing, which viewed the landscape with "historical significance and rich symbolism" creating an "evocative tableaux" for western readers (Henes, p. 106). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 142663

  15. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,
    BARTLETT, William Henry. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,

    London : 1852

    Second edition of this narrative of a pilgrimage to the sites of the New Testament, published swiftly after the first edition of 1851. The work's popularity led for a third edition to be published in the same year. Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British artist known for his detailed steel engravings and keen archaeological eye, both of which are well-showcased... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141233

  16. Forty Days in the Desert,
    BARTLETT, William Henry. Forty Days in the Desert,

    London : [c.1851]

    Fourth edition of this richly illustrated travel account, first published in 1849. Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British artist known for his detailed steel engravings and keen archaeological eye, both of which are well-showcased in this work. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 141231

  17. Near East.
    BEATON, Cecil. Near East.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy. With the author's presentation slip "To James with love from Cecil" mounted to the front free endpaper, presenting the book to his friend James Pope-Hennessey, and with the latter's booklabel to the front free endpaper. Pope-Hennessey and Beaton collaborated on several books around this time, including... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138630

  18. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,
    BEHR, Johann von der. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,

    Jena : 1668

    First and only edition of this fascinating account of the East Indies and Persia by a German soldier in the service of the VOC. "Behr enlisted in 1641 and sailed to Batavia about two years later he went on to serve in Java, as well as with the fleet of Johann Maetsuycker on the Malabar Coast. Apart from a voyage to Persia, Behr spent four of his six... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 141776

  19. The Bagging of Baghdad.
    BETTS, Ernest. The Bagging of Baghdad.

    London : 1920

    First and only edition. Uncommon, as are all of the Lane's "On Active Service" series, represented in the UK at the six deposit libraries and IWM only. More uncommon still in the pictorial jacket, here a little compromised in condition but largely complete. Consistent with the series' aim of providing lively eyewitness accounts of the recent conflict,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 121703

  20. Castles and Churches of the Crusading Kingdom.
    BOASE, T. S. R. Castles and Churches of the Crusading Kingdom.

    London : 1967

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey, of this richly illustrated account of the crusader castles and churches of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (1099-1291). Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 135304

  21. The Desert of Sinai: Notes on a Spring-Journey from Cairo to Beersheba.
    BONAR, Horatius. The Desert of Sinai: Notes on a Spring-Journey from Cairo to Beersheba.

    London : 1857

    First edition. This is an engaging account written in journal form of an expedition around the Sinai Peninula in 1856. Contemporary reviews were highly favourable: "it may serve as a model of the style in which works of this kind ought to be written" (The Eclectic Review); "Dr Bonar seems to excel equally in accuracy of observation, and in cordial appreciation... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140933

  22. Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery to Africa and Arabia,
    BOTELER, Thomas. Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery to Africa and Arabia,

    London : 1835

    First edition, commercially rather uncommon. Sir Richard Burton, in a footnote in his Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (1876) described the journeys of the Leven and Barracouta as "this great surveying undertaking".

    "Following the re-establishment of British sovereignty in South Africa at the conclusion of the Napoleonic... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 117586

  23. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the Year 1792 to 1798.
    BROWNE, William George. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the Year 1792 to 1798.

    London : 1806

    Second edition, enlarged, first published in 1799. "This important work contains the earliest information in English about Darfur (Sudan). Browne, inspired by Bruce's travels, went to Egypt in 1792 hoping to explore the oases in the eastern Sahara and to journey to the source of the White Nile. He reached El Fashur in Darfur and was the first Englishman... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 97302

  24. The Kasîdah (Couplets) of Hajî Abdû El-Yezdî.
    BURTON, Richard F. The Kasîdah (Couplets) of Hajî Abdû El-Yezdî.

    London : 1880]

    First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed". Burton claimed the Kasidah... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 127527

  25. Moorish Recipes.
    BUTE, John Crichton-Stuart, 4th marquess of. Moorish Recipes.

    Edinburgh : 1954

    First edition, limited to 185 copies, this numbered 21 on the limitation slip mounted on the front pastedown, no copies of this limited edition traced institutionally. Perhaps the earliest English cookbook devoted solely to Arab cuisine, with detailed instructions for some 80 dishes.

    "The first purpose of this book is to provide, for those Europeans... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 139749

  26. The Road to Oxiana.
    BYRON, Robert. The Road to Oxiana.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian at University College, London... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 79960

  27. Observations on the Passage to India through Egypt,
    CAPPER, James. Observations on the Passage to India through Egypt,

    London : 1783

    First edition. Capper was educated at Harrow and joined the army of the East India Company "in His Majesty's Train of Artillery in the East Indies, First as a soldier cadet and later as an officer. He was then for a while a free merchant in Bengal before becoming in 1768 a captain in the Madras army and in 1769 senior writer for the presidency of Bengal... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 88377

  28. Specimens of Arabian Poetry, from the Earliest Time to the Extinction of the Khalifat,
    CARLYLE, Joseph Dacre. Specimens of Arabian Poetry, from the Earliest Time to the Extinction of the Khalifat,

    Cambridge : 1796

    First edition, second issue with a cancel title page; copies noted dated 1795. Carlyle was educated at Carlisle Grammar School and Cambridge, and while at Queens "profited from the instructions of a native of Baghdad, who passed in Britain under the name David Zamio. As a result, Carlyle became so proficient in oriental languages that he was appointed... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 95218

  29. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.
    CASTELLANE-MAJASTRE, Henri-César. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.

    At sea : 1773

    Born into the Provençal noble family with close ties to the sea, Henri-César de Castellane-Majastre, (1733-1789), was a career naval officer joining the service at the age of sixteen, ranking as lieutenant from 1762 to 1775, promoted captain 1777. He participated in the American War of Independence commanding the Marsellais, 74, in de Grasse's fleet,... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 126873

  30. Sketches in Egypt, 1930 - an album of original watercolours.
    CHAMBERLAIN-ANDREWS, Victor William. Sketches in Egypt, 1930 - an album of original watercolours.

    Egypt : 1930-2

    An extremely appealing collection of highly competent "officer quality" sketches. The subject matter is fairly typical - views on the Nile, in Cairo, the Ibrahim Agha mosque, in and around Damietta, Mansoura and Talkha, and a sequence of smaller "snap shots" of types, mat making, the forge, the vegetable shop - but the treatment and technique are... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 141303

  31. The Druzes and the Maronites under Turkish Rule from 1840 to 1860.
    CHURCHILL, Charles Henry, Colonel. The Druzes and the Maronites under Turkish Rule from 1840 to 1860.

    London : 1862

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on front free endpaper verso, "To the Right Honble the Earl of Carnarvon, from the Author". The recipient, Henry Herbert, fourth earl of Carnarvon (1831-1890), politician, was twice Secretary of State for the Colonies. During the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878) Carnarvon "supported a policy of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139024

  32. Mount Lebanon. A Ten Year's Residence from 1842 to 1852
    CHURCHILL, Charles Henry. Mount Lebanon. A Ten Year's Residence from 1842 to 1852

    London : 1853

    Second edition, same year as the first. Author was British consul at Damascus and wrote several influential regional studies including a major biography of Abd-el-Kader. The present "work is not an account of Churchill's stay in the Lebanon but an amalgamation of information, some of which is based on a Maronite chronology. An important work, rare"... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 136241

  33. The Story of the Malakand Field Force.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Story of the Malakand Field Force.

    London, New York & Bombay : 1898

    First edition, second state with errata slip, home issue in the "apple green cloth" (Woods), which is particularly prone to fading and mottling, here a nice copy.

    Churchill was correspondent for the Daily Telegraph on Sir Bindon Blood's punitive 1897 expedition against the Afghan tribesmen of the North-West Frontier, during which he "took part... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 145866

  34. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
    CONDÉ, J. A. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.

    London : 1854-5

    First edition in English, first published in Madrid in 1820-1; far from common in the market. Condé was the director of the library of the Escorial. His work is "characterized by a strong sympathy for Arab culture. For the first time a complete survey, based on Arab sources, was provided of the history of Islamic Spain from 711 to 1492, and a framework... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 95147

  35. Letters Historical and Critical, from a Gentleman in Constantinople To his Friend in London.
    CONSTANTINOPLE. Letters Historical and Critical, from a Gentleman in Constantinople To his Friend in London.

    London : 1735

    First edition. The anonymous author was a member of the retinue of George Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoul, who served as British ambassador to Constantinople from 1729 to 1737. His account of the city, people, religion and rulers of Constantinople was written not long after he arrived, and was sent in two letters to Britain in 1730. Despite being impressed... Learn More
    £3,650.00

    Stock Code: 117450

  36. A Diary of the Travels.
    CORVINUS PRESS: TILLERY, John. A Diary of the Travels.

    [London] : 1938

    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It is today... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 122044

  37. Coryat's Crudities:
    CORYATE, Thomas. Coryat's Crudities:

    London : 1776

    First collected edition of the writings of Thomas Coryate (1577?-1617). The Crudities, describing his tour from London to Venice and back, is his best known work, with many points of historical interest, including his admirable rendering of the story of William Tell (cited as the earliest in English); it is also remembered for the prefatory mock-panegyric... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 75476

  38. General Orders issued to the Army of the East,
    CRIMEAN WAR. General Orders issued to the Army of the East,

    London : 1856

    First and only edition, covering the tenures of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, General Sir James Simpson, and General Sir William John Codrington whose copy this is.

    Raglan had died in June 1855, following the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in October 1854 and the strong criticism it brought him. He was swiftly replaced by Simpson who, after... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 133591

  39. Discours sur les causes du débordement du Nil.
    CUREAU DE LA CHAMBRE, Marin. Discours sur les causes du débordement du Nil.

    Paris : 1665

    First edition of this scarce treatise concerning the causes of the flooding of the Nile, for the first time published separately, previously included in his Pensées of 1634 and 1662; from the celebrated library of Henry M. Blackmer II, with his bookplate.

    This could perhaps be a presentation copy, as in addition to the gilt supralibros there... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 41178

  40. Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie:
    DAPPER, Olfert. Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie:

    Amsterdam : 1680

    First edition of Dapper's Asia Minor and Mesopotamia; a German edition followed in 1681. In common with contemporaries such as John Ogilby, the Dutch physician Olfert Dapper (1639-1689) never travelled to visit the lands he wrote about, instead compiling extant translations and other eye-witness accounts to produce lavish and encyclopaedic books for... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 100075

  41. Voyages … par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales.
    DE BRUYN, Cornelius. Voyages … par la Moscovie, en Perse, et aux Indes Orientales.

    Amsterdam : 1718

    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century and certainly one of the most lavishly illustrated; it was originally issued in Dutch (Amsterdam, 1711). It is of note that De Bruyn was "far more concerned" than other visitors to Russia, "to describe the Russian built environment in detail, both verbally... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 61428

  42. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
    DE CHAIR, Somerset. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.

    London : 1943

    First editions, each in a signed edition limited of 300 copies of which just 30 were in the full binding as here, copies 16 and 25 respectively. De Chair was Intelligence Officer with "Kingcol", a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brig.-Gen. Kingstone. This tiny force was sent from Palestine to Baghdad to deal with the effects... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 105498

  43. The Road to Kabul.
    DE GAURY, Gerald, & H. V. F. Winstone, (eds). The Road to Kabul.

    London : 1981

    Superb presentation copy of the first edition of this anthology of work by travellers in Central Asia, signed by the author, and with a letter presenting the book to Robert Heber-Percy, 'The Mad Boy', young lover of the eccentric Lord Berners, with whom de Gaury became fascinated, and who accompanied him on his delicate diplomatic mission to visit Ibn... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 141824

  44. Spoken Arabic of the Arabian Gulf.
    DE JONG, Everdene. Spoken Arabic of the Arabian Gulf.

    Beirut : 1958

    First and sole edition of this decidedly uncommon grammar, one of the first guides to Arabic as spoken in the Arabian Gulf, "a still valuable text" (Scudder, p. 349); this copy with an excellent provenance, from the library of Warren C. Benedict, linguist with the US Foreign Service Institute, who joined the department in 1958 and in 1960 was "assigned... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 131259

  45. Limelight for Suez.
    DEWHURST, Claude. Limelight for Suez.

    Cairo : 1946

    First edition, first impression, of this history of the Suez Canal, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Denise, a writer of infinite capacity (and charm), who could have written a far better booklet than this - given the material. But the author had that: hence an indifferent tome has appeared before the public as a sandwich... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140712

  46. Grammatica linguae persicae.
    DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz von. Grammatica linguae persicae.

    Vienna : 1804

    First and only edition. Dombay (1756-1810), an Austrian born at Vienna, studied oriental languages at the Maria-Theresa College before being sent to Morocco as an interpreter, subsequently serving in Madrid and Zagreb. He finished his career as a councillor of the secret chancellery and interpreter to the Emperor's court. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 100510

  47. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.
    DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz von. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.

    Vienna : 1800

    First edition of the first study of the dialect of the Maghreb, considered by Johann Fück to be the "First scientific contribution to the scientific study of Arab dialects". Dombay (1756-1810), an Austrian born at Vienna, studied oriental languages at the Maria-Theresa College before being sent to Morocco as an interpreter, subsequently serving in... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 96768

  48. Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie:
    DU CAMP, Maxime. Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie:

    Paris : 1852

    Extremely rare first edition complete, illustrated with 125 salt prints from wet paper negatives mounted one to a page. Du Camp's monumental work was the first archaeological survey to be extensively illustrated with photographs.

    A young man of independent means, Du Camp took up photography in 1849 in preparation for his second journey to North... Learn More
    £300,000.00

    Stock Code: 124632

  49. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica
    ERPENIUS, Thomas. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica

    Leiden : 1617 & 1637

    First editions of these two landmark studies of the Arabic language. From the library of Pierre Dippy (16221709), Maronite dragoman to King Louis XIV of France and chair of Arabic and Syriac at the Collège Royal in Paris from 1667 to his death, the title pages inscribed "Ex libris Pierre Dippy" in a contemporary hand (the name ineffectually struck... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 118772

  50. Türkische Miniaturen.
    FEHER, Géza. Türkische Miniaturen.

    Wiesbaden : 1978

    First edition in German of this illustrated survey of miniatures from Ottoman manuscript accounts of the Hungarian campaigns, first published in Hungarian in 1975. This copy is from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated London, April 1991 to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 110800

  51. A Time to Keep Silence.
    FERMOR, Patrick Leigh. A Time to Keep Silence.

    London : 1957

    First trade edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Romain Gary, with many greetings from the author, Patrick Leigh Fermor. London, Feb. 1958". This is a great association copy.

    The recipient, Romain Gary (1914-1980) was a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and World War II aviator of Jewish... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 148828

  52. Descrizione della Palestina.
    FERRARIO, Giulio. Descrizione della Palestina.

    Milan : 1831

    First separate edition, revised and expanded; originally published as part of Ferrario's immense Il costume antico e moderno, issued simultaneously in French and Italian in 143 parts from 1816 to 1834, forming a total of 17 volumes. Remarkably uncommon in this form, with just ten copies in institutional libraries worldwide and just three seen at auction... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 107964

  53. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.
    FORSTER, E. M. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.

    Alexandria : 1922

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (1850-1936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main source for the period, and describes... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 112539

  54. The Government of Egypt.
    FORSTER, E. M. The Government of Egypt.

    London : [1920]

    First edition of this pamphlet which outlines the historical, social, and political background of the relationship between Egypt and Great Britain. Forster served as a volunteer with the Red Cross between November 1915 and January 1919: while some of the material is "the result of personal experience his time in Egypt was generally not under conditions... Learn More
    £320.00

    Stock Code: 21613

  55. Observations made on a Tour from Bengal to Persia, in the Years 1786-7.
    FRANCKLIN, William. Observations made on a Tour from Bengal to Persia, in the Years 1786-7.

    London : 1790

    First London edition; originally published Calcutta 1788, Lowndes notes that a French edition followed in 1797. "An important book in the growing interest of Orientalism" (Ghani). Francklin (1763-1839) was the son of the classical scholar and dramatist Thomas Francklin. He was educated at Westminster and Trinity College, Cambridge, before being commissioned... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 117707

  56. The History of Nadir Shah, formerly called Thamas Kuli Khan, the Present Emperor of Persia.
    FRASER, James. The History of Nadir Shah, formerly called Thamas Kuli Khan, the Present Emperor of Persia.

    London : 1742

    Second edition, same year as the first. Appointed a writer to the Bombay presidency in 1730, Fraser spent some ten years at the company's trading posts at Mocha in the Yemen and at Cambay and Surat, in western India. He had a great aptitude for languages and "not only mastered the vernacular languages used around the Arabian Sea, but took lessons in... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 124635

  57. Sinai and Palestine.
    FRITH, Francis. Sinai and Palestine.

    London : [1863]

    Volume I of the second, enlarged edition of the work originally published in two volumes in 1859. "The prints in this edition are of a much stronger quality than those in the first edition having been gold-toned" (Gernsheim). The complete set of this publication comprises four volumes each with 37 mounted photographs. However the parts were available... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 59138

  58. My Wanderings. Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53.
    GADSBY, John. My Wanderings. Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53.

    London : 1869-68

    First published in 1855, this "interesting and informative travelogue" (Toledano, p. 121) went through a huge number of editions. John Gadsby (1809-1893), described by the General Baptist Magazine as "the celebrated Eastern Traveller", was co-founder with his father William Gadsby, Strict and Particular Baptist minister, of the Gospel Standard Magazine.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 139382

  59. Aden Arabic for Beginners.
    GHANEM, Muhammad Abduh. Aden Arabic for Beginners.

    Hertford : 1958

    Second edition, revised and including an extra chapter on military vocabulary. 500 copies of the first edition were printed in Aden in 1955 and the second edition was produced to "ensure that this valuable work would be more widely available" (foreword). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 129240

  60. Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.
    GIRARDOT, Alexandre Antoine. Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.

    Algeria : 1830-67

    Alexandre Antoine Girardot (1815-c.1877) has left but few traces of what must have been an unusual and adventurous life. Born in Paris in February 1815, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 6 October 1836. A student of Blondel, he exhibited regularly at the Salon between 1841 and 1848, submitting views of Algeria and other "oriental" subjects.... Learn More
    £95,000.00

    Stock Code: 110595

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