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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. 149859comp
    MORRIS, Jan, as James Morris. Sultan in Oman.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression, with the review slip laid-in, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Ian Vaughan Arbuckle with the author's kind wishes Jan Morris" with a typed letter signed to Arbuckle, dated 10 February 2001. This is a later signature, post-dating the author's transition from James to Jan in 1972. The letter to Arbuckle... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 149859

  2. 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

  3. Notes on the Last Kings of Saba.
    PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. Notes on the Last Kings of Saba.

    Louvain : 1950

    Offprint of an article from Le Muséon (LXIII, 3-4, 1950). Scarce. This copy inscribed on the front panel of the wraps, "American Embassy Jidda with the compliments of H St J Philby 28/2/51". A contribution to the controversy concerning the chronology of ancient South Arabia.

    "This note is written with special reference to two important monographs... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 148802

  4. 148799
    BELL, Gertrude. The Letters.

    New York : 1927

    First US edition, same year and same sheets as the UK with variant title page. Far from common in the first edition, decidedly uncommon in the jackets, and genuinely scarce with the slipcase as here. American jackets have "Some of the English Reviews" and include "An Impression of Gertrude Bell by Mrs. Harold Nicolson (Vita Sackville-West)" on the back... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 148799

  5. 146260
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    [Waltham St Lawrence] : 1939

    Limited edition, number 572 of 1,000 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua type on handmade paper.

    "The majority of Lawrence's contributions to the Arab Bulletin are published in this volume. In addition to these items, 'Syrian Cross Currents', previously unpublished, is included; this was taken from a manuscript on Arab Bureau paper"... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 146260

  6. Percement de l'Isthme de Suez.
    DE LESSEPS, Ferdinand. Percement de l'Isthme de Suez.

    1855

    First Edition, presentation copy, inscribed "de la part de l'auteur" on the upper wrapper. In 1832, while quarantined on his voyage to Alexandria to take up the post of vice-consul, de Lesseps passed the time by reading a copy of Lepère's report to Napoleon on the practicability of a canal connecting the Mediterranean with the Red Sea. Having befriended... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 148711

  7. 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

  8. Bagdad Railway. No. 1 (1911).
    PERSIA; IRAN: PARLIAMENTARY PAPER. Bagdad Railway. No. 1 (1911).

    London : 1911

    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, "the largest single contributing... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 129809

  9. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    London : 1935

    First 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

  10. Twelve Days.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Twelve Days.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, "much of her best, most uninhibited, and least self-conscious writing was in travel pieces and essays, especially Twelve Days (1928), a book of literary sketches of the mountains of Persia, the result of a visit to her husband, who was posted to Tehran in 1925" (ODNB). Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 111407

  11. Travels in Egypt, Nubia, Holy Land, Mount Libanon [sic], and Cyprus, in the Year 1814.
    LIGHT, Henry. Travels in Egypt, Nubia, Holy Land, Mount Libanon [sic], and Cyprus, in the Year 1814.

    London : 1818

    First and sole edition. Sir Henry Light (1783-1870), later governor of British Guiana (1838-48), was a captain with the Royal Artillery stationed at Malta when, in 1814, he "obtained leave to travel in the countries he describes" (preface).

    Continuing in the third person, Light remarks that "curiosity and amusement were his object: he kept a... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140585

  12. A Summer Ramble in Syria, with a Tartar Trip from Aleppo to Stamboul.
    MONRO, Vere. A Summer Ramble in Syria, with a Tartar Trip from Aleppo to Stamboul.

    London : 1835

    First edition of an uncommon and entertaining narrative, presented in an appealing provincial binding of the period, a pencilled note at the head of volume I p. v reading " Bind to order / Campion", perhaps a reference to the prominent Brighton family of the same name, occupants of the imposing Elizabethan mansion of Danny Park.

    Monro's book... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 139019

  13. 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

  14. 124141
    HANSON, James, Captain. Route of Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Nightingall, K.C.B. Overland from India.

    London : 1820

    First and only edition of this engaging and elusive account. Hanson, described on the title page as "Late Assistant Quarter-Master-General with the Field Army of the Madras Establishment", acted as ADC to Sir Miles Nightingall, commander-in-chief of the Bombay Army, on his return home from India in 1819. The party sailed on the East Indiaman ship-sloop... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 124141

  15. Purchas his Pilgrimes.
    PURCHAS, Samuel. Purchas his Pilgrimes.

    London : 1625-26

    First edition of Purchas his Pilgrimes, with the preferred fourth edition of the Pilgrimage; together this is the desired state of the complete set of Purchas's important collection of travel and exploration narratives from ancient times up to and including the recent accounts of Virginia by John Smith.

    The Pilgrimes was conceived as a continuation... Learn More
    £125,000.00

    Stock Code: 146860

  16. 148288comp
    HERZOG, Chaim. The War of Atonement.

    Boston : 1975

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For William Safire, in appreciation. Chaim Herzog".

    William Safire (1929-2009) was a long-time political columnist for The New York Times, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He became friends with Herzog, and hosted him for dinners in New York.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148288

  17. Travels in Persia, Georgia and Koordistan;
    WAGNER, Moritz. Travels in Persia, Georgia and Koordistan;

    London : 1856

    First edition in English, combining two works: Der Kaukasus und das Land der Kosaken (1847), and Reise nach Persien und dem Lande der Kurden (1851); the final volume, dedicated to his time in Persia, includes observations on the position of women in the region and the Great Game.

    Wagner (1813-87) was a German geographer, natural historian and... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 109429

  18. Turkish Tobacco.
    CONSTANTINIDES, C. L. Turkish Tobacco.

    London : 1912

    First and only edition of this pretty little guide full of "useful hints" based on "lifelong experience" to the grower, buyer, dealer, and manufacturer of Turkish tobacco. Constantinides had a business in Fenchurch Street offering "Expert advice, surveys, valuations and estimates. Buying on commission and all other matters appertaining to Turkish &... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141975

  19. Choix de voyages dans les quatre parties du monde,
    MAC CARTHY, Jacques. Choix de voyages dans les quatre parties du monde,

    Paris : 1821-22

    First edition of this rich account of voyages worldwide up to the date of publication, with an expansive and detailed glossary, presented here in an attractive contemporary binding.

    Originally from Ireland Jacques Mac Carthy (1785-1835) went into service in the French army in 1800, became a battalion commander, and in 1830 became head of the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146684

  20. The Orientalists. European Painters of Eastern Scenes.
    JULLIAN, Philippe. The Orientalists. European Painters of Eastern Scenes.

    Oxford : 1977

    First edition in English, originally published in French earlier the same year, this copy from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated New York, February 1982, to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 110778

  21. Pèlerinage à la Mecque et à la Médine.
    SOUBHY, Saleh. Pèlerinage à la Mecque et à la Médine.

    Cairo : 1894

    First and only edition. Saleh Soubhi was an Egyptian public health official commissioned by Khedive 'Abbas II to write a report on the sanitary conditions experienced by pilgrims travelling to Mecca. He performed the hajj twice, in 1888 and 1891, producing this detailed account, to which are affixed a response to European criticisms of Islam and an... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 99252

  22. A Journey into Greece,
    WHELER, George. A Journey into Greece,

    London : 1682

    First edition of Wheler's account of his travels through Greece and Constantinople in 1675-76.

    Wheler was particularly interested in botany and topography, and this was the first work to attempt a systematic topographical description of Greece. The book is extensively illustrated with engravings of inscriptions, coins, plants, and buildings,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 144658

  23. 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

  24. Nineveh and Its Remains:
    LAYARD, Austin Henry. Nineveh and Its Remains:

    London : 1849

    First edition. Layard who "grew up a Romantic, desperate for fame and exotic experiences, and contemptuous of English professional mores", turned his back on steady employ in his uncle's solicitor's office and set of overland to join another uncle in Ceylon. Side-tracked by adventure he set aside his original itinerary and lived for some time in the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 145667

  25. Colloquial Syriac as Spoken in the Assyrian Levies.
    HART, R. Colloquial Syriac as Spoken in the Assyrian Levies.

    Mosul : 1926

    First and sole contemporary edition, extremely scarce, "compiled as a guide for both British and Assyrian personnel of the Iraq Levies to acquire a colloquial knowledge of the respective languages" (introduction). The Iraq Levies (also known as the Assyrian Levies) was the first Iraqi military force formed by the British in British-controlled Iraq.... Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 141592

  26. 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

  27. Journey Through Arabia Petraea, to Mount Sinai,
    LABORDE, Léon Emmanuel Simon Joseph, marquis de. Journey Through Arabia Petraea, to Mount Sinai,

    London : 1836

    First edition in English of this "important work" (Blackmer), attractively illustrated with lithographs after Laborde and wood-engravings by Samuel Williams; it was originally published in folio in 1830 (Paris: Giard).

    In 1826 the 17-year-old Laborde (1809-1869) travelled with his father across Asia Minor and Syria to Cairo, where he met the... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139301

  28. Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate,
    VINCENT, William (ed.) Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate,

    Paris : 1800

    First edition in French of Vincent's important commentary on Nearchus's voyage from the Indus estuary to the Tigris in 325 BC, as recorded by Arrian of Nicomedia, originally published at London in 1797. The expedition, ordered by Alexander the Great, marked the Greek "discovery of the Persian Gulf (called the Red Sea by Nearchus)" (Retsö, p. 267),... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139117

  29. Travels to the City of the Caliphs, along the Shores of the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.
    WELLSTED, James Raymond. Travels to the City of the Caliphs, along the Shores of the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean.

    London : 1840

    First edition. "In November 1835 Wellsted had permission to travel in Oman, and went to Muscat with Lieutenant F. Whitelock, also of the Indian navy. The imam gave them every assistance in his power, but their fever and the disturbed state of the country curtailed their plans. None the less, the two reached areas which no European had previously seen... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139025

  30. 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

  31. San'â': An Arabian Islamic City.
    SERJEANT, R. B., & Ronald Lewcock (eds.) San'â': An Arabian Islamic City.

    London : 1983

    First edition, number 1,911 of 2,000 copies only. The work of a team of internationally respected experts in a wide range of disciplines, this is a case-study of major scholastic importance in which the society - along with the complex religious, legal and mercantile setting - long history, crafts, arts, and religious and vernacular architecture of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136295

  32. 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

  33. Voyages and Travels
    VALENTIA, George Annesley, Viscount. Voyages and Travels

    London : 1809

    First edition of this "monumental" work (Manley and Rée), an attractive copy in the original boards, one of 50 large paper copies. Valentia's was the first British mission to Abyssinia, sent to conclude an alliance to obtain a port on the Red Sea in case Napoleonic France should seize Egypt, and was important in opening Abyssinia to the West.

    Also... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 46982

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. Haunts of the Gay East.
    MOSELEY, Sydney A. Haunts of the Gay East.

    London : 1921

    First and sole edition, scarce, of this 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 with a fascination for picturesque vice and debauchery.... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140897

  37. Letters on Egypt, Edom, and the Holy Land.
    LINDSAY, Alexander William Crawford, Lord. Letters on Egypt, Edom, and the Holy Land.

    London : 1838

    First edition of this appealing epistolary narrative of an expedition conducted in 1836-7. Lindsay (1812-1880), book collector and writer on art, was the eldest son of James Lindsay, twenty-fourth earl of Crawford and seventh earl of Balcarres. He inherited a substantial legacy from a relative and this, "combined with his family's vast incomes derived... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 139479

  38. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
    LAWRENCE, T. E. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

    Cairo : 1919

    First edition, first impression, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth, scarce in this state. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Corporal E. W. Grater on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel Harry... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 108776

  39. Who Stands Accused?
    HERZOG, Chaim. Who Stands Accused?

    New York : 1978

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Zygmunt Nagorski with all good wishes Chaim Herzog".

    The recipient Zygmunt Nagorski (1912-2011) was a Polish émigré who wrote widely about East-West relations during the Cold War and founded an organization that addressed ethics in international business,... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 146664

  40. Secret Despatches from Arabia.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Secret Despatches from Arabia.

    [Waltham St Lawrence] : 1939

    Limited edition, number 442 of 1,000 numbered copies, printed in Eric Gill's Perpetua type on handmade paper. Loosely iserted in this copy is the publisher's advertising prospectus noting that "to avoid disappointment, intending subscribers are requested to place their orders, with remittance, early".

    "The majority of Lawrence's contributions... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 146262

  41. The Diary, MCMXI.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. The Diary, MCMXI.

    London : 1937

    First and limited edition, no. 92 of 206 numbered copies, of which only 150 were for sale. This "most ambitious and handsome volume published by the Corvinus Press" (O'Brien) prints the diary kept by Lawrence during his walking tour of Syria in 1911. "After graduating from Oxford with a First in History, Lawrence was employed, through the influence... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143516

  42. Revolt in the Desert.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.

    London : 1927

    First edition, third impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 116543

  43. A National Parks Programme for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
    U.S. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE. A National Parks Programme for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

    [Washington D.C.] [Amman] : [1966]

    Extremely rare top level photographic report on US aid to Jordan in establishing a National Parks Program for 6 important cultural, religious and historic sites (Qumran, the Nabatean city of Petra, Jerash, Samaria-Sebaste, Jericho and the early Arab palace at Tell, and Roman Amman), and the East Ghor water project to boost fertility in the Jordan Valley.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 129944

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. The Cornhill Magazine.
    STARK, Freya et al. The Cornhill Magazine.

    London : 1945

    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 women reacted to this technology,... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 127634

  47. Alcorani textus universus.
    QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin; MARRICCI, Ludovico (ed.) Alcorani textus universus.

    Padua : 1698

    First edition of Marracci's Qur'an, "the greatest pre-modern European work of Qur'anic scholarship" (Burman). The second volume, "Refutatio Alcorani", comprises the second obtainable edition of the original Arabic, a Latin translation considered "by far and away the best translation of the Qur'an to date" (Hamilton), and an analysis and refutation of... Learn More
    £10,500.00

    Stock Code: 115141

  48. 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

  49. The Bertrams.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Bertrams.

    London : 1859

    First edition, issued without half-titles or ads, of Trollope's "curiously uncommon book" (Sadleir). Much of the novel's action takes place in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, unlike the author's best known novels mostly based in England.

    An attractive set. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 128270

  50. Desert, Marsh and Mountain.
    THESIGER, Wilfred. Desert, Marsh and Mountain.

    Dubai : 1993

    Signed limited edition, number 70 of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, of the 1993 re-issue, with new foreword, of a title first published in 1979.

    "This book has always been a personal favourite, capturing as it does my affinity with the nomadic way of life I am delighted that after a considerable time out of print... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145348

  51. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
    LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;

    London : 1853

    First edition, in the original decorated cloth, surely one of the most attractive publisher's bindings of the 19th century.

    Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145108

  52. 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

  53. The Rivers and Lakes of Scripture.
    TWEEDIE, W. K., Rev. The Rivers and Lakes of Scripture.

    London : 1857

    First edition of this delightful and uncommon book, presented here in a remarkably bright example of the most attractive original cloth binding. The majority of views are of Jordan, but there are also landscapes in Syria, and near the Tigris and Euphrates. This is a fine example of Victorian book production, included by Bamber Gascoigne in his Milestones... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144152

  54. Verwandlungen Durch Licht. Metamorphosis Through Light.
    LERSKI, Helmar. Verwandlungen Durch Licht. Metamorphosis Through Light.

    Berlin : 1982

    First edition, first printing. No. 24 of a limited edition of 100 copies. Original photographic print (sheet size: 21 x 27.8 cm) produced by André Gelpke from an original glass negative by Lerski. These photographs were taken in Palestine of the same gentleman in 1936 over a period of 3 months. Text in German and English. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 140741

  55. 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

  56. Arabian Sands.
    THESIGER, Wilfred. Arabian Sands.

    London : 1959

    First edition. This was Thesiger's first book and "and, in his opinion, his finest" (ODNB). "During the years that I was in Arabia I never thought that I would write a book about my travels Seven years after leaving Arabia I showed some photographs I had taken to Graham Watson and he strongly urged me to write a book about the desert. This I refused... Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 130541

  57. Travels in Arabia Deserta.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. (intro.); DOUGHTY, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta.

    London : 1936

    New and definitive edition, first impression. First published in 1886, this reissue with a new preface by Doughty and an introduction by T. E. Lawrence found a new generation of readers for this classic of travel. This "definitive" edition of 1936 was published in a format matching that of the 1935 Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 121339

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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

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