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  1. A Voyage up the Persian Gulf, and a Journey Overland from India to England in 1817.
    HEUDE, William. A Voyage up the Persian Gulf, and a Journey Overland from India to England in 1817.

    London : 1819

    First edition. "The author of this rare and interesting work was attached to the Madras Military Establishment and was apparently related to Earl Fitzwilliam, to whom the work is dedicated" (Blackmer catalogue). Heude first visited Muscat and its hinterlands before sailing up the Gulf to Basra, travelling on up the Shatt al-Arab and the Euphrates.

    The... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 144872

  2. Travels, or Observations relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant.
    SHAW, Thomas. Travels, or Observations relating to Several Parts of Barbary and the Levant.

    Oxford : 1738

    First edition, large paper issue (42 cm in height, the regular issue 34 cm), of Shaw's account of his travels across North Africa and the Levant, a major travel account praised for the accuracy of its description, and the quality of the book's design and illustration.

    Chaplain to the English factory at Algiers, Shaw travelled extensively in Egypt,... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 146522

  3. The History of the Assassins.
    HAMMER-PURGSTALL, Joseph von. The History of the Assassins.

    London : 1835

    First edition in English of one of the earliest substantial Western histories of the Assassins, the Nizari Isma'ili sect of Shia Islam who inhabited the mountains of Persia and Syria between 1090 and 1275; it was originally published as Die Geschichte der Assassinen aus morgenländischen Quellen (1818), and is extremely scarce in commerce, auction records... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 146156

  4. Theatrum Terrae Sanctae et Biblicarum Historiarum
    ADRICHOMIUS, Christianus. Theatrum Terrae Sanctae et Biblicarum Historiarum

    Cologne : 1613

    Fourth edition, this copy with a stylish provenance, bearing the fine armorial bookplate (dated 1650) of André Félibien (1619-1695), historiographer royal to Louis XIV, close friend and biographer of the great Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin. The plan of Jerusalem present here has been described as "the most dramatic and important of the 16th century"... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 142309

  5. The Holy Land, Egypt, Constantinople, Athens, etc. etc.
    BEDFORD, Francis, & W. M. Thompson. The Holy Land, Egypt, Constantinople, Athens, etc. etc.

    London : [c.1866-67]

    First edition thus, notably scarce, comprising some superb views of Egypt (10), Palestine (23), Lebanon (8), Syria (1), Constantinople (3), and Athens (3). Francis Bedford (1815-1894), one of the most important photographers of the period, his work characterised by it "rich tonalities" (ODNB), was the first photographer to accompany a Royal Tour.

    In... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 142282

  6. Crusader Castles.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Crusader Castles.

    London : 1936

    First edition, number 806 of 1,000 copies only. This was "the first of the Golden Cockerel volumes of Lawrence's 'literary remains' to be published after his death" (O'Brien). Volume I consists of the history thesis Lawrence wrote as an undergraduate at Oxford University in 1910, having drawn much of the material on a solitary walking trek in the Near... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 144608

  7. Oriental Assembly.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Oriental Assembly.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, a bright copy in a particularly attractive example of the jacket. Oriental Assembly contains all the hitherto uncollected writings by Lawrence about the East, including the first publication for the general public of the suppressed introductory chapter of Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    The work also includes the diary... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 143030

  8. In and Around Baghdad.
    MAIN, Ernest. In and Around Baghdad.

    Baghdad : [c.1930]

    First edition of this travel guide to inter-war Baghdad, which provides a more expansive scope than much tourist literature of the time, this copy notably bright. This guide is now uncommonly found, and has been traced at six institutions worldwide (British Library, two copies; SOAS; University of California, two copies; Princeton; University of Pennsylvania;... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142674

  9. 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

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