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
ARABIAN NIGHTS; BURTON, Richard F. (trans.) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
London : 1897The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights in English, Burton's was... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131161
ARABIC, Qatari - DAJANI, Khaled. Spoken Arabic of Qatar in English Script.
Beirut : 1956First edition, one of 1,000 copies printed, and inevitably rare. "This is colloquial Arabic. It is not 'school Arabic', but the real everyday language of the Qatar Arab people" (introduction). Apparently the only edition of one of the earliest guides to the Arabic dialects of the Arabian Gulf. Qatar, then a British Protectorate, was experiencing a surge... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131240
ARABS. The Arab.
Philadelphia : 1859Rare early edition, apparently unrecorded, the third overall, following the first of 1847, issued under the title The Arab and His Country (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union) and under this title in 1857 (by Challen). All early iterations are very scarce.
This is an attractive little guide in seven chapters, describing the flora and... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 141560
BAHRAIN. Bahrain and Bapco.
Manama : 1956First and sole edition, rare, with no copies located by an online search of institutional libraries worldwide, and published for limited in-house circulation. An attractively produced brochure for the new employee of Bapco (Bahrain Petroleum Company), superseding the previous booklets entitled Bahrain and Personnel Regulations. It is divided into three... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131246
BEGUIN BILLECOCQ, Xavier. Un Vaisseau Français a Bahreïn 1842. Une Première Diplomatique.
Paris : 2001First edition, one of 300 copies. An attractively produced work presenting extracts from the log kept by Commander Théogène François Page and describing the first diplomatic mission to Bahrain (1841-44), including the visit to Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed al Khalifa in February 1842.
It comprises numerous sketches from the visit, maps, royal... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141676
BEHR, Johann von der. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,
Jena : 1668First 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
BURNES, Alexander. Central Asia comprising Bokhara, Cabool, Persia, the River Indus, & Countries Eastward of it.
London : 1834Important, highly detailed map of Central Asia "constructed from numerous authentic documents but principally from the original MS. surveys of Lieut. Alex. Burnes", and showing Burnes's route across Asia, intended to accompany, and cash in on, his Travels into Bokhara, which, rather rushed out, was not provided with a map. Burnes had sailed to Bombay... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 129689
CENTRAL ASIA. Karta sredney Azia. (Map of Central Asia.)
Moscow : 1878First created in 1863, as Russia began its concerted expansion into the Central Asian khanates, considerably upping the stakes in the Great Game, this map covers an area bounded by Lake Urma, Iran in the West, into the Akmolinskaya Oblast in the North, Tien-Shan in the East, and as far as the Gulf of Oman and Balochistan in the South. It was updated... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 128957
IBN SA'UD - WILLIAMS, Kenneth. The Puritan King of Saudi Arabia.
London : 1933First edition of this early biography, a "good general account of the Wahhabis and the rise of Ibn Sa'ud" (Foreign Affairs, Jan. 1938), a typically attractive Cape production of the period, and unusually well preserved in the fragile jacket. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 142465
JACOB, Harold F. Kings of Arabia.
London : 1923First edition. Jacob was an important British administrator in Yemen who served as First Assistant to the Resident of Aden, Political Agent of the Aden Hinterland, and, during WWI, as Chief Political Advisor on S.W. Arabia in Egypt. This book tells the history of Yemen from the first British contact with the country in the 17th century. It is particularly... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 127771
JEDDAH. Documentation of Nasif [sic] House.
Jeddah & Riyadh : 1980-1A superb, apparently unique visual record of Jeddah's landmark Bayt Nasseef before its early 1980s restoration. In 1975 the Saudi government purchased the house, designating it a historic landmark, and initially employing it as a library. After restoration it has become a cultural centre, used for exhibitions and events. We can trace no other copy of... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144736
JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
Hyderabad : 1935First edition, no other copy traced. Group of poems on Islamic themes dedicated to Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar - "The Premier Muslim Ruler in India". Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur (1871-1955)was an Arab-Indian poet, lawyer and bibliophile. In 1887 he became a student at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a B.A. and LL.B... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140973
KHAN, Gazanfar Ali, & Wilfrid Sparroy. With the Pilgrims to Mecca. The Great Pilgrimage of a.h. 1319; a.d. 1902.
London : 1905First edition of this uncommon and attractive account of the hajj. "The early 20th century saw a growth of British travel texts and religious commentaries concerned with the religion of Arabia. It was in this vein that in 1902 the Morning Post sent its 'Special Correspondent' Hadji Khan, a Persian Sufi, on the hajj to Mecca. His experiences were written... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143000
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, first impression, O'Brien's so-called "Third English Edition," following the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies, with just 170 of them complete). This copy is attractively bound.
"Lawrence had taken part... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 148204
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, limited issue, number 182 of 750 numbered copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies).... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146586
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First edition, large paper issue, number 281 of 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale.
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,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145706
LAWRENCE, T. E. Handbook of Hejaz.
Cairo : 1917An excellently provenanced copy of this scarce and important Arab Bureau intelligence manual produced for the Arab Revolt. This second edition expanded considerably on the first of 1916 compiled by Lawrence's mentor D. G. Hogarth, the revision including material from Lawrence himself. Classified secret, the print-run was just 200 and far fewer are... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 142623
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
London : 1935First trade edition, limited issue, number 308 of 750 numbered copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 142587
LAWRENCE, T. E. (intro.); DOUGHTY, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta.
London : 1936New and definitive edition, first impression, in a handsome binding. Travels in Arabia Deserta, "an unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia" (ODNB), was first published in 1886. T. E. Lawrence was instrumental in having the book republished in 1921, with a new introduction and preface by himself... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143518
LAWRENCE, T. E. - LIDDELL HART, Basil Henry, & Sir Ronald Storrs. Lawrence of Arabia.
London : 1936Signed limited edition, no. 8 of 12 copies printed for Liddell Hart and signed by himself and Ronald Storrs (out of a total edition of 128), additionally inscribed by Liddell Hart on the front free endpaper "To Marie, my dearest friend since birth from Basil". This copy retains the rare glassine jacket and flaps, unknown to Lawrence's bibliographer... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 142590
MANN, Michael. The Trucial Oman Scouts. The Story of a Bedouin Force.
Wilby, Norwich : 1994First and only edition. The book is a well-written account of the development of the unit originally formed as the Trucial Oman Levies, an armed gendarmerie, in 1951. The Buraimi Incident, followed by the Jebel Akhdar Campaigns in Oman, led to its expansion into a fully equipped Bedouin brigade which was eventually absorbed into the Union Defence Force... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 135580
MARIGNY, François Augier de. The History of the Arabians,
London : 1758First English edition, originally published at Paris in 1750, decidedly uncommon and presented here in an attractive period binding. This is an important history, covering the period from the foundation of Islam down to the death of the last Abbasid caliph Al-Musta'sim (reigned 1242-1258), executed following the Mongol sack of Baghdad.
The Abbé... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144269
MOHAMMED ALI TEWFIK, HRH Prince. Breeding of Pure Bred Arab Horses.
Cairo : 1935-36 and 1948First editions. Superbly provenanced pairing of these rare and important monographs: the first work presented by the author, Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, to Brigadier Sir Eugene Gorman at the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Race Meeting at Gaza in 1940, in turn presented by him to his son Pierre in 1944; with Sir Eugene's lengthy explanatory inscription... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141617
MURPHY, Charles Cecil Rowe., lieut.-col. Soldiers of the Prophet.
London : 1921Well-preserved first edition of this uncommon "collection of reports... containing valuable new facts for the historian" (GJ, 60;2), from various campaigns and expeditions in Near and Middle East, including Gallipoli, anti-gun running operations in the Makran, and counter-insurgency in Oman in 1915. This copy from the library of Peter Hopkirk, bookplate... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141910
MUSIL, Alois. Map of Northern Arabia; [with:] Map of the Northern Heğâz.
New York : 1926Exceptionally unusual opportunity to acquire these two important and highly detailed maps, based on the work of the celebrated Moravian Arabist Alois Musil (1868-1944), known as "the Czech Lawrence of Arabia" and described by Howgego as "a leading scholar of Arabic culture".
From a humble background, Musil trained for the church, was ordained... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141566
NAVAL PILOT. The Red Sea Pilot.
London : 1873Revised edition of this notably uncommon naval pilot, one of 1,250 copies. This edition was updated from the first edition of 1863 in order to include key information on the Suez canal, which opened in 1869. Two copies of this edition have been traced institutionally, held at the British Library and the New York Public Library.
This edition was... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 142878
NIEBUHR, Carsten. Travels through Arabia, and other Countries in the East.
Dublin : 1792First Dublin edition, considerably scarcer than the first edition in English, published at Edinburgh in the same year; we have traced two copies only on auction records (2008 and 1979) and an online search of institutional libraries shows 7 locations only; this copy in a judiciously restored period binding, now presenting most handsomely.
These... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144017
PEAKE, Frederick Gerard. A History of Trans-Jordan and its Tribes.
Amman : 1934First edition, extremely uncommon, just eight locations on WorldCat, no copy in BL, just two copies traced at auction. Major-General Frederick G. Peake, CMG, CBE (1886-1970), known as Peake Pasha, was a British Army and police officer, and founder and commandant of the Arab Legion Trans-Jordan. He fought alongside T.E. Lawrence in the First World War,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 127455
PEARCE, Francis Barrow. Zanzibar.
London : 1920First edition, second impression, published just two months after the first, of this handsomely produced general history of the island by the then British Resident. Welcomed at the time by the Spectator as "an admirable history and description of the Sultanate", the GJ's review of the 1968 reprint was inevitably less enthusiastic, remarking that the... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 142505
PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. The Heart of Arabia:
1922First edition of Philby's first substantial work, an account of his mission, begun in November 1917, to Ibn Sa'ud, ruler of the Nejd in central Arabia, who greatly impressed him. Philby completed his crossing of Arabia by continuing by camel to Jiddah on the Red Sea. There he met the Hashemite ruler of Hejaz, the Sharif Husain, leader of the Arab revolt,... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 136204
QUR'AN. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding
[Zand and Qajar Iran,]This Qur'an is an exquisite example of Qajar calligraphy, copied in the bold Iranian naskh most often associated with the Safavid calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The manuscript's illumination is extensive, elaborate, and vibrant, alive with colours and gold, rich in the exuberant luxury of Qajar decorative art. Particularly noticeable is the sheer diversity... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 142205
RABADAN, Muhammad. Mahometism Fully Explained.
London : 1723-25First ever English language edition of a biography of the Prophet written by a Muslim, presenting for the first time to a European readership a sympathetic view of Muhammad himself, and of the culture of Islam. Well represented institutionally, we can trace only two complete copies at auction.
English translation of a biography of the Prophet... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 141305
STARK, Freya et al. The Cornhill Magazine.
London : 1945First 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 women reacted to this technology,... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 127634
STRABO. De situ orbis.
Venice : 1516Editio princeps, that is, the first edition in the original Greek, of the first attempt at a unified treatise of geographical knowledge, which is "by far the most important source for ancient geography, a priceless document of the Augustan age, and a compendium of important material derived from lost authors" (Oxford Classical Dictionary, p. 1447).... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 142408
SYKES, Christopher. Wassmuss.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, an uncommon book, particularly so in the jacket 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... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 130260
VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. Ludovici Patritii Romani novum itinerarium Aethiopiae: Aegypti: utriusque Arabiae: Persidis: Siriae: ac Indiae: intra et extra Ganges.
Milan : 1511]Notably rare first Latin edition of Varthema's influential account of his undercover travel through the Ottoman Empire, Safavid Persia, and India, "one of the most remarkable travel books of the Renaissance" (Blackmer), a copy with significant provenance, from the library of the highly cultured imperial secretary Jacopo Bannisio, with his ownership... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 142207