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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. 129541
    First edition. Rather scarce, COPAC shows nine locations. The account of an early journey in the Sinai Peninsula and Wadi Arabah undertaken in 1883 by Colvile, who later "achieved a reputation as one of the army's best intelligence officers" (ODNB). Colvile set out from Victoria Station with his servant, Cash, in November... Learn More
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  2. 117145
    First edition, scarce. Barclay (1842-1913), painter and etcher, was a member of the British circle of artists known as the "Etruscans" owing to their preference for Italian landscapes. He studied at Dresden with Carolsfeld, and then in Rome, where he became acquainted with Giovanni Costa. Between 1873 and 1880 he made several... Learn More
    £600

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  3. Egypt & Nubia,
    First edition, in the preferred deluxe coloured format, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing, and it was the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of... Learn More
    £175,000

    Stock Code: 67119

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  4. 124415
    First edition of this attractively illustrated and important work on Baluchistan. Floyer (1852-1903), a member of the Government Indo-European Telegraph Staff in the Persian Gulf, explored Baluchistan between January 1876 and May 1877: as far north as Bampur and as far west as Bandar Abbas before crossing Persia via Kirman... Learn More
    £2,500

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  5. 121850
    First and only edition, uncommon, with just six locations world-wide. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front panel of the wraps: "To the Russian Academy, presented by the Author, 17 Nov. 1838". The book was never translated or republished in Russia. The author, Russian writer and journalist Fyodor Korf... Learn More
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  6. Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie:
    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... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 100075

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  7. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
    £65,000

    Stock Code: 93169

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  8. 70570

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -..."> First small format edition, following the quarto firsts of Les Six Voyages (1676) and Recueil (1678); a beautifully presented set of this highly desirable edition of the voyages of this "most famous among the 'business travellers'" (Speake).

    Tavernier (1605-1689) made six trips to Asia in search of fine jewels -... Learn More
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  9. 61428
    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century, originally issued in Dutch, Amsterdam 1711. Cornelis de Bruyn, the Dutch traveller and painter, also known for his account of his journey through the Levant, was the first traveller to whom the tsar gave permission to make... Learn More
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  10. 129685
    Second edition of the first guide solely dedicated to Bahrain, following the first of 1953. The author, known as Hamed to local Bahrainis, was the son of Sir Charles Belgrave, who contributed the cover design of a dhow enclosed within a string of pearls, and was financial advisor to the ruling shaikhs of Bahrain 1926-57.... Learn More
    £1,500

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  11. 127314
    First and limited edition, number 115 of 250 copies on vélin from the edition of 510. D'Allemagne (1863-1950) was "one of the most important specialists of the decorative arts from the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th" (Dictionnaire Critique des Historiens de l'Art). This work was based on the fourth... Learn More
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  12. 128624comp
    First edition, second impression signed on the title page by Thesiger. "After travelling in Iraqi Kurdistan, in 1950, Thesiger visited the marshes of southern Iraq. From then until 1958, except for 1957, he spent several months every year with the marsh Arabs, sharing the communal life of the villages and travelling by canoe... Learn More
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  13. 130474
    First edition of this account of an early journey in the Sinai Peninsula and Wadi Arabah undertaken in 1883. Colvile, who later "achieved a reputation as one of the army's best intelligence officers" (ODNB), set out from Victoria Station with his servant, Cash, in November 1883, and was joined in Venice by his friend Captain... Learn More
    £750

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  14. 129985
    First edition. The author held a position equivalent to chancellor of the exchequer at the court of the young Nawab of Tonk, a small Muslim kingdom in Rajasthan, hedged on all sides by Hindu-ruled states. After the death of the Thakoor of Lawa, the largest tributary of Tonk, and a number of his retainers at the home of the... Learn More
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  15. 127302
    First and only edition, with the bookplate of Comte François Chandon de Briailles, member of the famous Champagne family and gentleman scholar of numismatics and heraldry. An important study, never superseded, in fact "remains the only authoritative work on the subject" (Obituary, Rice & Hirschberg, Ars Orientalis, IV,... Learn More
    £450

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  16. 126941
    First edition. The diplomat and orientalist Gore Ouseley (1770-1844) served as ambassador to the Qajar court, and became acquainted with Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic. In the present work, published posthumously, Ouseley set out to make Persian poetry known to English readers. Working from manuscripts in his own collection,... Learn More
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  17. 120001
    Omnibus edition of two works illustrated by W. H. Bartlett, Miss Pardoe's Beauties of the Bosphorus (an expanded edition, with an appendix and six additional plates) and William Beattie's Danube. The additional plates in Pardoe's work depict sites connected with the Crimean War, and this omnibus volume was probably issued... Learn More
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  18. 128661
    Second edition, in two volumes, edited by the orientalist William Ouseley. Between 1809, when he made his first trip to Syria, and his death in Egypt in 1817, Burckhardt travelled extensively through the Middle East. Most of his journeys were made in the guise of Ibrahim ibn Abdallah, an Indian merchant and pilgrim to the... Learn More
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  19. The Road to Oxiana.
    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... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 79960

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  20. i3
    First edition, second issue, of the first publication in English of any account of Doughty's travels in Arabia, predating Travels in Arabia Deserta by four years, with a preface in French by Ernest Renan. In 1865 the German orientalist Theodor Nöldeke proposed that the Nabataean rock-carvings in what is now Jordan contained... Learn More
    £1,650

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  21. 130260
    First edition, first impression. Wilhelm Wassmuss arrived in Bushehr in 1909 as German vice-consul; "The British had little doubt that he was really an intelligence officer a striking looking man, who spoke fluent Persian and Arabic, he had travelled widely among the tribes of southern Persia, with some of whose chiefs... Learn More
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  22. 128699
    First edition, scarce, with two locations on Copac (National Maritime Museum and British Library), OCLC adding only one at Plymouth Library. Produced "to commemorate the first commission of HMS Emerald". The first part is "a short account of the voyaging and deeds" of the ship, which went to China, India, East Africa and... Learn More
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  23. 118772
    First editions of these two landmark studies of the Arabic language. From the library of Pierre Dippy (1622-1709), 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... Learn More
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  24. 118904
    First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on... Learn More
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  25. 119956
    First edition of the Qur'an in English, "a landmark in the development of Arabic studies in England" (Birchwood); this quarto edition precedes the octavo of the same year. A good, complete copy notably retaining the "needfull caveat or admonition for them who desire to know what use may be made of, or if there be danger... Learn More
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  26. 116745
    First edition of this noted history of Egypt from the Fatimid conquest to the mid-15th century. Ibn Taghribirdi (c.1410-1470) was the son of a Mamluk amir and himself a close companion of a son of Sultan Jaqmaq (r. 1438-53); his work is generally critical of the Shi'ite Fatimids and apologetic with regard to the Sunni Mamluks,... Learn More
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  27. 126939
    First editions. An unbroken run of this pioneering Arab-American monthly cultural journal from January 1922 to June 1928. Edited by the Lebanese-born Jacob Raphael, the magazine, with its influential design and impressive list of contributors, was "an innovation in Arab-American journalism" (Naff p. 323). A sizeable part... Learn More
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  28. 120590
    Attractive personal photograph album of service at RAF Mafraq, Jordan, circa 1951-53 (some photographs show celebration parades for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II; Mafraq was handed over to the Jordanians in 1957). Photographs depict Jerash, Mafraj, Habbaniya Suez, Amman, Basra, Jerusalem, Ur, Petra, Baghdad, Falluja... Learn More
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  29. 129990
    First edition, first impression, of this biography of the Iraqi general and prime minister, published the year following his assassination in July 1958. Learn More
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  30. 129809
    Government White Paper containing the definitive text of the Baghdad railway convention from 1903, including the terms of the concession granted by the Ottoman government, as well as an additional convention from 1908 and a series of loan contracts. This railway project was, in the contemporary assessment of Morris Jastrow,... Learn More
    £850

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  31. 127475
    First edition. There is a gift inscription "George H Judd. Christmas 1899. Urmi: Persia. From O. H. Parry" on the front binder's blank; Parry served in Urmi as head of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mission to the Assyrian Christians. This text is an account of a journey that Parry took in 1892 as a school inspector on behalf... Learn More
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  32. 129939
    First edition of Hichens's well-illustrated account of the Holy Land, a valuable snapshot of the region at the start of the 20th century, and an attractive book, with the illustrations by the American artist Jules Guerin, who had travelled with Hichens across the Holy Land, Egypt, and the Near East from 1909 onwards. Hichens... Learn More
    £250

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  33. 129938
    First US "definitive edition", first printing, of Doughty's masterpiece, "an unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia" (ODNB). Doughty's work originally appeared in 1888. Lawrence was instrumental in getting the second English edition published and his introduction... Learn More
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  34. 129757
    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... Learn More
    £475

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  35. 126873
    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 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,... Learn More
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  36. 127785
    First edition. Scarce with only 8 locations on OCLC. This is a lively book on the dissipated underworld of the early 20th century Middle East. Moseley spent several years as a journalist in Cairo in the 1910s and he drew on his experiences there to compose this collection of stories about the night life of the East, infused... Learn More
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  37. 127768
    First edition. Scarce with COPAC showing only two copies, at the National Library of Wales and UCL, OCLC adds only one at the University of Pisa. The last book published by Williams, an architect who had written several books on slums and working class housing in Britain. He was working as as a consultant for the Egyptian... Learn More
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  38. 129238
    First edition. This "readable and instructive little book" is a reprint of several articles that Phillips wrote for the Daily Mail in 1922. "He devotes himself mainly to giving instances of the way in which money has been wasted there; there are plenty of them" (Spectator 31 March, 1923). The front cover includes a damning... Learn More
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  39. A Private Journal in Egypt from May 1894 to May 1895.
    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 officer at Suez, and also worked as a... Learn More
    £250

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  40. 127634
    First Edition. A copy of the magazine from Freya Stark's personal library, containing an article by her entitled "Moving Pictures in Arabia". Illustrated by two pictures of Yemen, Stark tells an amusing account of her attempts to screen films with a travelling cinema in Yemen. She is particularly interested to note how Yemeni... Learn More
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  41. 127649comp
    First edition, inscribed on the front free end paper, "to the dear Gunns with love and gratitude from Pamela". The Gunns are Jean Gunn, a good friend of Freya Stark's in her later years and her husband Dr William Gunn, founder of the European Centre for Disaster Medicine, former Director of Emergency Humanitarian Operations... Learn More
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  42. 127647comp
    First edition, inscribed on the front free end paper "For Jean and Bill, from Pamela, Derek & Malise". Jean and Bill are Jean Gunn, a good friend of Freya Stark's in her later years and Dr William Gunn, founder of the European Centre for Disaster Medicine, former Director of Emergency Humanitarian Operations for the WHO... Learn More
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  43. 102966
    First edition in Persian, rare, with perhaps six complete copies in libraries, this copy from the collection of noted British diplomat and orientalist Col. Samuel B. Miles (1838-1914), with his wife's presentation plate to Bath Public Library to the rear pastedown, and blind-stamps as usual.
    "The translation of Malcolm's... Learn More
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  44. 128707
    First edition, first impression, of the author's account of his military service in Palestine during the First World War, and his return in 1925 to Mandatory Palestine. A valuable account, well-illustrated with photographs and drawings, of the region in this tumultuous time. Learn More
    £150

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  45. 128496
    First edition in English of Al-Suyuti's history. A prolific polymath, Suyuti (1445-1505) was born in Cairo, where he lived through the final decades of the Mamluk Sultanate, when the Ottoman Empire was at the zenith of its power and influence. The present work is a valuable account of the history and topography of the Temple... Learn More
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  46. 127210
    First edition of one of Burton's most elusive and desirable works, categorised by Penzer as "exceedingly scarce". This pamphlet was prepared by Burton to accompany an exhibition of "dissolving views" worked up from his own sketches, commissioned for the Royal Polytechnic Institution in Regent Street. "During the early Spring... Learn More
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  47. 125983
    First edition, first impression. With Stein unable to return to Chinese Turkestan due to the hostility to his work among prominent Chinese scholars, "he turned instead to Persia and, with the initial backing of his American friends at Harvard, began a series of four expeditions there, or 'archaeological reconnaissances',... Learn More
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  48. 43623
    First edition thus. Scarce, one copy only on OCLC, at Harvard. Extracted from the Bulletin de l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, paginated pp. 48-162, this copy has the MS notation "Edition corrigée" to the upper wrap. Based in Paris, the Alliance, the first international Jewish organization, advocated the emancipation... Learn More
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  49. 117609
    First edition in English of Suyuti's Ta'rikh al-khulafa'. Fairly common in libraries, but rare in commerce, with no copies traced in auction records.
    A prolific polymath, Suyuti (1445-1505) was born in Cairo, where he lived through the final decades of the Mamluk Sultanate. His cohesive and authoritative chronicle of... Learn More
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  50. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
    First edition, cloth-bound issue, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Lieutenant-Colonel G. E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
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  51. 108986
    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula.... Learn More
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  52. 89407
    First edition, first impression. "An excellent introduction to Lawrence through selections from his correspondence and writings. The materials represented here include the only published extract up to that time of The 200 Class Royal Air Force Seaplane Tender. The editor, David Garnett, has contributed a fine preface, 'Patchwork... Learn More
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  53. 125511comp
    Second edition, signed limited issue, number 223 of 250 copies signed by the author, produced for the Royal Archaeological Society of Alexandria. Forster's guide to Alexandria was first published in 1922, but "a very large proportion" of this was destroyed by fire in the publisher's warehouse during the Blitz (Kirkpatrick,... Learn More
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  54. 39053
    First edition in English. Kotzebue, son of the playwright August von Kotzebue and a captain on the staff of the Russian army, travelled to Persia in 1817 as part of a Russian embassy to the encampment of Fatih Ali Shah. On its publication by his father this journal was extremely well received, being read with "keen interest"... Learn More
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  55. 121788
    First and only edition, uncommon, three copies only on OCLC: Oxford, St Andrews, and Bamberg University. "A number of English speaking personnel join SAF without the advantage of attending an Arabic course beforehand, and it is mainly for such as those that this short course has been written. However it is hoped that it... Learn More
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  56. 124635
    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... Learn More
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  57. 124613
    First edition. The Scottish whig, lawyer, and orientalist Richardson (1740/1-1795) modelled his work on the Persian grammar of William Jones (1771), with whom he had collaborated on his Persian-Arabic-English dictionary (published 1777-80). Like the dictionary, it was aimed at the East India Company's servants and is dedicated... Learn More
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  58. 124573
    First edition of this important translation, far from common on the market. "The name of Hafez is closely associated with that of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in German literature. This is directly attributable to the status Goethe accords Hafez in his West-östlicher Divan, first published in 1819. It is because of Goethe's... Learn More
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  59. 119939
    First edition in English, an exceptional copy, of this verse epic on the life of Alexander the Great by the great Azerbaijan-born poet Nizami Ganjavi, the final work in his great cycle of five narrative poems, the Panj Ganj ("five jewels"), for which he is remembered as the "greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature"... Learn More
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  60. 124625
    First edition. Reflections in Palestine was published "not only with the sanction of General Gordon, but by his express wish and injunction. Their contents are the fruits of meditation and inquiry during his prolonged sojourn in the Holy Land from January to December, 1883" (Prefatory Note). "Palestine in those days was... Learn More
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