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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. Iran: Persian Miniatures - Imperial Library.
    PERSIAN MINIATURES. Iran: Persian Miniatures - Imperial Library.

    New York : 1956

    First edition, richly illustrating Persian miniatures from the Golestan Palace in Tehran, published as the sixth in the Unesco World Art Series, "designed to bring within the reach of artists, teachers, students and the wide art-loving public, the finest quality colour reproductions of masterpieces of art which hitherto have been known to a too limited... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 147744

  3. Episodes from the Shah Nameh;
    FIRDAWSI, Abu-l-Qasim Mansur. Episodes from the Shah Nameh;

    London : 1815

    First edition of Weston's translation of the best known of all Persian manuscripts, inscribed on the front free endpaper "From ye Author to Earl Compton," and with annotations by him.

    The antiquary, philologist, and classical scholar, Stephen Weston, notes on the "advertisement" leaf for the eight-volume Calcutta edition in Persian that it was... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146384

  4. Sermaye.
    MARX, Karl; RIFAT, Haydar (trans.) Sermaye.

    Istanbul : 1933

    First appearance in book form of Marx's Das Kapital in Turkish, being the first edition of Haydar Rifat's translation, and the first book-length translation (preceded only by Bohor Israel's summary translation in a 1912 journal).

    The translation is from Gabriel Deville's French abridgement of the first volume of Das Kapital, originally published... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 142650

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Travels in European Turkey.
    TURKEY. Travels in European Turkey.

    Dublin : 1833

    First edition of this scarce little book, presented here in a very nice example of a period trade binding. This is one of several travelogues issued by the Dublin publisher P. Dixon Hardy, either solely or as Bentham & Hardy; using a fictional framework, it gives a panorama of Turkish society, culture, and government.

    The narrative centres around... Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 141646

  8. Sermaye.
    MARX, Karl; RIFAT, Haydar (trans.) Sermaye.

    Istanbul : 1933

    First appearance in book form of Marx's Das Kapital in Turkish, being the first edition of Haydar Rifat's translation, and the first book-length translation (preceded only by Bohor Israel's summary translation in a 1912 journal).

    The translation is of Gabriel Deville's abridgement of the first volume of Das Kapital, originally published in Paris... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 143060

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Baghdad to Beirut 1944.
    PAIFORCE. Baghdad to Beirut 1944.

    [Baghdad?] : 1944

    Appealing pocket-booklet of leave instructions issued to members of Persia and Iraq Force, an inevitably uncommon survival, with only the Imperial War Museum copy traced in institutions. The second section comprises a history of Damascus and the Syrian desert by Seton Lloyd (1902-1996), who had been appointed archaeology adviser to the Directorate of... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143711

  12. De situ orbis.
    STRABO. De situ orbis.

    Venice : 1516

    Editio 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

  13. Sermaye.
    MARX, Karl; RIFAT, Haydar (trans.) Sermaye.

    Istanbul : 1933

    First appearance in book form of Marx's Das Kapital in Turkish, being the first edition of Haydar Rifat's translation, and the first book-length translation (preceded only by Bohor Israel's summary translation in a 1912 journal).

    The translation is of Gabriel Deville's abridgement of the first volume of Das Kapital, originally published in Paris... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 143061

  14. A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol.
    MCCORMICK, Richard Cunningham. A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol.

    New York : 1855

    First edition, attractive account of the Crimean War with an interesting discussion of hospital conditions at Scutari. The author was a New York-born war correspondent who later became Governor of Arizona, and unlike many correspondents managed to catch a glimpse of Florence Nightingale in person. A fragile book and genuinely uncommon: Library Hub traces... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 142750

  15. 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

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