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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. Alcorani textus universus.
    (QUR'AN; Arabic & Latin.) 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

  2. 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 journal... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140585

  3. 139496
    RÖHR, Johann Friedrich. Palästina oder historisch-geographische Beschreibung des judischen Landes zur zeit Jesu.

    Zeitz : 1831

    Sixth edition, "vermehrte und verbesserte" (increased and improved), originally published in 1819. Johann Friedrich Röhr (1816-1878) was a German theological Rationalist and general superintendent and chief court preacher at Weimar; he remains perhaps best known now for having delivered the sermon at Goethe's funeral in 1826. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 139496

  4. 140572
    LAYARD, Austen 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: 140572

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

    London : 1853

    First edition. 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 culture is founded" (ODNB). "Apart from the archaeological value of his work in identifying Kouyunjik as the site of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140571

  6. The Southern Gates of Arabia.
    STARK, Freya. The Southern Gates of Arabia.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the jacket. "In 1935 Stark went to Hadhramaut, southern Arabia, in search of an ancient trade route. After she became ill the RAF airlifted her to a hospital in Aden She returned a celebrity, and The Southern Gates of Arabia, awarded the Mungo Park medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, is often... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140374

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

    London : 1935

    First trade edition, first impression, a near-fine copy complete with the original shipping carton. This is the only example that we have ever handled. This copy additionally has a laid-in envelope containing several contemporary newspaper clippings concerning Lawrence's death. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139939

  8. Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia.
    SHEIL, Mary Leonora, Lady. Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia.

    London : 1856

    First edition and only contemporary edition of the "first travel book on Persia by a woman" ( Nash, Travellers to the Middle East from Burckhardt to Thesiger, p. 114). Mary Anne Leonora Woulfe (1825-69) married Capt. Justin Sheil (18031871), an Indian Army officer in 1847. Her husband had had a distinguished career, educated Stonyhurst, he was commissioned... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139756

  9. A collection of articles and maps relating to the exploration of Oman, published in the Geographical Journal.
    (OMAN.) A collection of articles and maps relating to the exploration of Oman, published in the Geographical Journal.

    London : 1897-1931

    First editions. An excellent collection of rare Royal Geographical Journals and maps relating to Oman and its hinterland, extending to what is now territory belonging to the United Arab Emirates, produced by British pioneers of Arabian exploration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
    a) Stiffe provides a historical and geographical survey of... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 96109

  10. 140137
    BLASER, Bernard. Kilts Across the Jordan.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression. First-hand account of the Palestine campaign during World War I, written by a mapper with the London Scottish regiment. From the publisher's archive, with their bookplate to front pastedown. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140137

  11. 139749
    BUTE, John Crichton-Stuart, 4th marquess of. Moorish Recipes.

    Edinburgh : 1954

    First edition, limited to 185 copies, this numbered 21 on the limitation slip mounted on the front pastedown, no copies of this limited edition traced institutionally. Perhaps the earliest English cookbook devoted solely to Arab cuisine, with detailed instructions for some 80 dishes.

    "The first purpose of this book is to provide, for those Europeans... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 139749

  12. Photograph album of a British Military Officer in Egypt during the First World War and in Europe in the 1920's [sic]
    (CAIRO) Photograph album of a British Military Officer in Egypt during the First World War and in Europe in the 1920's [sic]

    Cairo, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland : 1915-26

    Appealing personal album of a British resident in Cairo during World War I and soon after, perhaps a military or diplomatic officer, or businessman. The album opens with an excellent sequence of eight images, offering a bird's-eye view shot from a balcony of the march past of troops before they left for Gallipoli, "Generals Sir John Maxwell and Sir... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 135761

  13. Reise in Hadhramaut: Beled Beny, Yssà und Beled el Hadschar.
    WREDE, Adolf von. Reise in Hadhramaut: Beled Beny, Yssà und Beled el Hadschar.

    Brunswick : 1870

    First edition. Adolf von Wrede, a Bavarian nobleman, was "the first scientific traveller who succeeded in penetrating into the region of Hadhramaut" (van der Meulen, cited after Trautz, "Adolf von Wrede", in Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society, vol. 20, no. 4, 1933). He travelled to the region, now part of Yemen, in 1843, becoming the first European... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 117615

  14. Narrative of Voyages to Explore the Shores of Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar.
    OWEN, William FitzWilliam. Narrative of Voyages to Explore the Shores of Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar.

    London : 1833

    First edition, from the collection of Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), British Arabist, colonial agent and explorer of inland Oman, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper of the first volume, and subsequently bequeathed by his wife to Bath Public Library, with bookplates, manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps as usual. A pencilled... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 117623

  15. History of the Caliphs.
    SUYUTI, Jalal al-Din al-. History of the Caliphs.

    Calcutta : 1880-1

    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 Muslim rulers, from the immediate... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 117609

  16. Mémoire sur les Carmathes du Bahraïn et les Fatimides.
    GOEJE, Michael Jan de. Mémoire sur les Carmathes du Bahraïn et les Fatimides.

    Leiden : 1886

    Second edition, revised and greatly expanded, of de Goeje's important study of the Qaramitah (Carmathians), a syncretic Shi'ite sect which revolted against the 'Abbasid Caliphate from their Bahraini stronghold in the ninth century CE. It was originally published in 1862 as the first volume of his four-part essay series, Mémoires d'histoire et de géographie... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117603

  17. Bibliothèque orientale.
    (KATIP ÇELEBI.) HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.

    The Hague : 1777-9.

    First published in 1697, this revised and expanded edition of d'Herbelot's monumental work is "generally considered the best" (Arcadian Library, p. 238), containing supplements by J. J. Reiske, "undoubtedly the best Arabist in Germany" (ibid.), Leiden professor H. A. Schultens, and other pre-eminent 18th-century orientalists. The Bibliothèque orientale... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 117606

  18. Syria and the Holy Land, their Scenery and their People.
    KELLY, Walter Keating. Syria and the Holy Land, their Scenery and their People.

    London : 1844

    First edition of this nicely illustrated and useful compendium of Middle East travel narratives, drawing on the works of, among others, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Lord Lindsay, George Robinson, and including descriptions of Damascus, Baalbec, Acre, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Hebron, a substantial section on Beirut and Lebanon, chapter IV comprising much... Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 139487

  19. 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

  20. Lands, Classical and Sacred.
    NUGENT, George Nugent-Grenville, second Baron. Lands, Classical and Sacred.

    London : 1845

    First edition of this easy-going travelogue of a six moth excursion to Greece and the Levant in 1843-44 by George Nugent-Grenville (1788-1850), "one of the most polished and agreeable men of his day" (ODNB). In 1832, during Lord Grey's ministry, Nugent had been appointed lord high commissioner of the Ionian Islands. "With his political reputation and... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 139464

  21. Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land.
    [STEPHENS, John Lloyd.] Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land.

    New York : 1837

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Francis illegible Grant from his friend the author", part of the inscription blotted out, apparently correcting the first names of the recipient.

    John Lloyd Stephens (1805-1852), along with Frederick Catherwood, is best known as one of the pioneers of Mayan... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139468

  22. My Wanderings. Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53.
    GADSBY, John. My Wanderings. Being Travels in the East in 1846-47, 1850-51, 1852-53.

    London : 1869-68

    First published in 1855, this "interesting and informative travelogue" (Toledano, p. 121) went through a huge number of editions. John Gadsby (1809-1893), described by the General Baptist Magazine as "the celebrated Eastern Traveller", was co-founder with his father William Gadsby, Strict and Particular Baptist minister, of the Gospel Standard Magazine.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 139382

  23. 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). Wagner (1813-87) was a German geographer, natural historian and collector who carried out extensive expeditions worldwide. He is best known for his contribution to the development of evolutionary theory,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 109429

  24. Narrative of a Journey into Khorasan, in the Years 1821 and 1822.
    FRASER, James Baillie. Narrative of a Journey into Khorasan, in the Years 1821 and 1822.

    London : 1825

    First edition of this significant contribution to the knowledge of Persia as seen through Western eyes; Fraser's biographer Denis Wright describes it as "packed with information" and notes that among much well-observed detail Fraser "gives a rare first-hand description of the shrines in the holy cities of Qum and Mashhad, both of which he had entered... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 138730

  25. A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race.
    BLUNT, Lady Anne. A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race.

    London : 1881

    First edition of the classic account of Lady Blunt's trip with her husband Wilfrid Scawen Blunt in Northern Arabia and the Nejd, "the highlands sacred to all Syrian Bedouins as their ancestral homeland" (Howgego). In Lady Blunt's copious journals "her scientific interests are manifest in the mass of aneroid readings, barometric pressures, and compass... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 138761

  26. 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

  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 de 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. A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem, at Easter, A.D. 1697.
    MAUNDRELL, Henry. A Journey from Aleppo to Jerusalem, at Easter, A.D. 1697.

    London : 1817

    Very scarce edition gathering three important Middle Eastern narratives; Library Hub lists one copy only among British and Irish institutional libraries (Manchester), WorldCat adding Haifa Faisal, Harvard, Cleveland, Oberlin, Missouri. Maundrell's account was first published in 1703. In December 1695, the general court of the Levant Company elected... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139291

  29. Panorama de Constantinople pris de la Tour de Galata.
    SÉBAH, Jean Pascal & Policarpe Joaillier. Panorama de Constantinople pris de la Tour de Galata.

    Istanbul : c.1888

    Superb panoramic view of the city taken from the Galata Tower looking over the Bosporus towards the Asian side; across the Golden Horn can be seen the Topkapi Palace, and the great mosques of the city, Haghia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Yeni Mosque, and the Süleymaniye. In 1857 Pascal Sébah opened one of the first photographic studios in Constantinople.... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 139037

  30. The Travels of Bertrandon de la Brocquiere to Palestine,
    BROCQUIERE, Bertrandon de la. The Travels of Bertrandon de la Brocquiere to Palestine,

    Hafod, Ceredigion : 1807

    First edition in English. Bertrandon de la Brocquiere (c. 1400-1459) was a Burgundian agent and pilgrim, his book blending travel narrative with a "reconnaissance tour of the Near East" (Tyerman). Although written at the behest of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, with the intention of acting as a spur to an intended crusade in 1454 which never materialised,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139109

  31. 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 (Retsö, p. 267), and the entire fourth chapter is dedicated... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139117

  32. Outram & Havelock's Persian Campaign.
    HUNT, G. H. Outram & Havelock's Persian Campaign.

    London : 1858

    First edition of this attractively illustrated and uncommon first person account of the brief, five month, Anglo-Persian War (1856-1857) prefaced by an account of Persia and of Anglo-Persian relations by the "prominent Tory journalist" (ODNB) George Henry Townsend. The conflict broke out due to Persia's repeated attempts to annex Herat from Afghanistan.... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 139204

  33. An Excursion from Jericho to the Ruins of the Ancient Cities of Geraza and Amman, in the Country East of the River Jordan.
    [HALL, George.] An Excursion from Jericho to the Ruins of the Ancient Cities of Geraza and Amman, in the Country East of the River Jordan.

    London : 1851

    First edition of this very scarce and little-known travelogue, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Mrs Lockwood, With the Author's kind regards". George Hall studied medicine at Pembroke College Oxford, subsequently becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1830, and was elected a Radcliffe Travelling... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139307

  34. Journal of a Tour in the Holy Land, in May and June, 1840.
    EGERTON, Lady Francis. Journal of a Tour in the Holy Land, in May and June, 1840.

    London : 1841

    First edition, printed "for private circulation only; for the Benefit of the Ladies' Hibernian Female School Society". An attractively illustrated account of an excursion that took in Jaffa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramla, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Beirut and Baalbec. Harriet Catherine Greville married Francis Egerton, first earl of Ellesmere,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139323

  35. The Natural History of Sokotra and Abd-El-Kuri.
    FORBES, Henry O., ed. The Natural History of Sokotra and Abd-El-Kuri.

    Liverpool : 1903

    First and sole edition, a handsomely produced work illustrated by some of the most distinguished natural history artists of the day, decidedly uncommon on the open market. "This volume contains the results of a conjoint Expedition undertaken in the winter of 1898-9 by representatives of the British and Liverpool Museums for (chiefly) the Zoological... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139057

  36. Kings of Arabia.
    JACOB, Harold F. Kings of Arabia.

    London : 1923

    First 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

  37. Reminiscences of Syria, and the Holy Land.
    NAPIER, Edward. Reminiscences of Syria, and the Holy Land.

    London : 1847

    Second edition of this important eyewitness account of the Second Egyptian-Ottoman War (1839-41), originally published in 1843, "a mixture of historical information, anecdotes of travel, and a description of the campaign" (Blackmer). Uncommon, with one copy only in UK libraries (Manchester).

    "When the British fleet was engaged on the coast of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139012

  38. 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, commended by the reviewer of The London & Westminster Review as of "more than ordinary merit"; Monro's "descriptions are spirited and graphic; his style is lively and idiomatic, devoid of stiffness or affectation" and "without making any pretensions to the higher qualities required of a traveller... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 139019

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. Voyage de l'Arabie Heureuse,
    LA ROQUE, Jean de. Voyage de l'Arabie Heureuse,

    Amsterdam : 1716

    Published in the same year as the first edition (Paris: André Cailleau), Atabey cites this Amsterdam edition from a reference to the British Library Catalogue and does not note the presence of the attractive frontispiece. La Roque's little book is "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), and was first published in English in 1726 (as... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139029

  42. Welcome to Bahrain: A Complete Illustrated Guide for Tourists and Travellers.
    BELGRAVE, James H. D. Welcome to Bahrain: A Complete Illustrated Guide for Tourists and Travellers.

    Stourbridge : 1954

    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. Sir Charles was reputedly the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129685

  43. [Title in Persian] Jadawel mavādeh thavābet dar tool wa ard keh be rasad yāft-e Oloq Bayk ben Sharokh ben Taymoor.
    ULUGH BEG. [Title in Persian] Jadawel mavādeh thavābet dar tool wa ard keh be rasad yāft-e Oloq Bayk ben Sharokh ben Taymoor.

    Oxford : 1665

    Editio princeps of Ulugh Beg's Zij-i Jadid-i Sultani, "the greatest of star catalogues between those of Ptolemy in the 2nd century CE and Brahe in the 16th" (Ency. Brit.) Ulugh Beg (1394-1449) was the grandson of Timur, known in Europe as Tamerlane. In 1409, his father, Shah Rukh, appointed him governor of Samarkand; he quickly set about turning the... Learn More
    £38,500.00

    Stock Code: 138572

  44. Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery to Africa and Arabia,
    BOTELER, Thomas. Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery to Africa and Arabia,

    London : 1835

    First edition, commercially rather uncommon. Sir Richard Burton, in a footnote in his Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo (1876) described the journeys of the Leven and Barracouta as "this great surveying undertaking".
    "Following the re-establishment of British sovereignty in South Africa at the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 117586

  45. Histoire de la Perse,
    MALCOLM, Sir John. Histoire de la Perse,

    Paris : 1821

    First edition in French of this "monumental work" by the diplomatist and administrator in India Sir John Malcolm (Wright, p. 8), originally published at London in two quarto volumes in 1815. The translation, by Pierre-Vincent Benoist, was continued from 1814 to 1820 by the eminent orientalist Louis-Matthieu Langlès, keeper of oriental manuscripts at... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138677

  46. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica
    ERPENIUS, Thomas. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica

    Leiden : 1617 & 1637

    First editions of these two landmark studies of the Arabic language. From the library of Pierre Dippy (16221709), 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 name ineffectually struck... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 118772

  47. Near East.
    BEATON, Cecil. Near East.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy. With the author's presentation slip "To James with love from Cecil" mounted to the front free endpaper, presenting the book to his friend James Pope-Hennessey, and with the latter's booklabel to the front free endpaper. Pope-Hennessey and Beaton collaborated on several books around this time, including... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 138630

  48. General Orders issued to the Army of the East,
    (CRIMEAN WAR.) General Orders issued to the Army of the East,

    London : 1856

    First and only edition, covering the tenures of Field-Marshal Lord Raglan, General Sir James Simpson, and General Sir William John Codrington whose copy this is.
    Raglan had died in June 1855, following the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade in October 1854 and the strong criticism it brought him. He was swiftly replaced by Simpson who, after a... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 133591

  49. [Cover-title:] Circassian Customs.
    CHARKAS, Moustafa H. [Cover-title:] Circassian Customs.

    Amman : [?1958]

    First and only edition, apparently translated from an unpublished Arabic original, and extremely uncommon, with three copies only in libraries world-wide (Lebanese American University, US State Department, and Portland State University). The first Circassian settlers arrived in Jordan in 1878; today the Circassian population of Jordan is the second-largest... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 120307

  50. The Training of Saudi Arab Employees: Arabian American Oil Company.
    LEBKICHER, Roy. The Training of Saudi Arab Employees: Arabian American Oil Company.

    London & New York : 1954

    First edition, an offprint from The Year Book of Education (1954) and decidedly uncommon: not listed in Copac and OCLC locates only 16 copies in institutional libraries worldwide. The contents are: The Training Problem of Aramco, The Training and Educational System, and The Development of the Saudi Employee. The eminent petroleum geologist Roy Lebkicher... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 95273

  51. Group of Training Manuals for the Persian Army.
    (PERSIAN MINISTRY OF WAR) Group of Training Manuals for the Persian Army.

    Tehran : 1931

    First editions, fragile and produced entirely for use in unforgiving climatic conditions, and consequently extremely uncommon survivals, with no copies on OCLC. These training manuals are an example of the comprehensive efforts made under Reza Shah to modernise and train Persian soldiers for war. The Persian national army was set up in 1921 and "the... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 81962

  52. 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 Charles Duffel Wolseley with best wishes Chaim Herzog". Herzog (1918-1997) served as President of Israel between 1983 and 1993; the present book is based on speeches made as Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations (1975-1978), in which he seeks to counter international... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 138305

  53. For the Future of Israel.
    PERES, Shimon, & Robert Littell. For the Future of Israel.

    Baltimore and London : 1998

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "to Bunny - With my best wishes. Shimon Peres". Peres served as 9th President of Israel from 2007 to 2014, and as Prime Minister of Israel in 1977, 1984-86, and 1995-1996. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for his work securing the Oslo Accords. In the present book,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 138299

  54. Diary of a March through Sinde and Affghanistan,
    ALLEN, Isaac Nicholson. Diary of a March through Sinde and Affghanistan,

    London : 1843

    First edition. Allen was assistant chaplain to the Bombay establishment, and accompanied Nott's forces through the campaign from April 1841 to February 1843. "Allen's diary offers a perceptive vision of the landscapes bringing to mind Biblical scenes of the Old Testament Youthful and exuberant at the campaign's advent, the diary reflects an older and... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 133338

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

    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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 133106

  56. Wassmuss.
    SYKES, Christopher. Wassmuss.

    London : 1936

    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 he was on the closest terms.... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130260

  57. The Holy War in Tripoli.
    ABBOTT, George Frederick. The Holy War in Tripoli.

    London : 1912

    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 led on the Arab side by Sufi... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 129757

  58. Scenes in a Soldier's Life:
    HALL WILTON, John. Scenes in a Soldier's Life:

    London : 1860

    Third edition of this eyewitness account of the First Afghan War, with an extensive subscriber's list featuring many British, Canadian, and Irish military men. Hall Wilton kept a daily journal during the Afghan war and not only detailed military events but also any murders, assassinations, and personal treacheries within the ranks. He served with the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 129371

  59. A Voice From Lebanon.
    KAYAT, Assaad Y. A Voice From Lebanon.

    London : 1847

    First edition of this scarce book that shows only 4 copies on COPAC. There is the ownership inscription of a member of the Bowie family on the first binder's blank. Kayat met the Bowies in Scotland and described them as "charming" (p. 357 - which has been dog-eared).
    Kayat felt compelled to publish this account of his life and travels after visiting... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 127760

  60. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.
    CASTELLANE-MAJASTRE, Henri-César. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.

    At sea : 1773

    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 the service 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, in de Grasse's fleet,... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 126873

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