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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. Egypt & Nubia,
    First edition, in the preferred deluxe coloured format, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing, and it was the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel). No publication before this had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of... Learn More
    £175,000

    Stock Code: 67119

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  2. 61428
    First edition in French of one of the principal accounts of Russia published during the 18th century, originally issued in Dutch, Amsterdam 1711. Cornelis de Bruyn, the Dutch traveller and painter, also known for his account of his journey through the Levant, was the first traveller to whom the tsar gave permission to make... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 61428

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  3. The Road to Oxiana.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 79960

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  4. i3
    First edition, second issue, of the first publication in English of any account of Doughty's travels in Arabia, predating Travels in Arabia Deserta by four years, with a preface in French by Ernest Renan. In 1865 the German orientalist Theodor Nöldeke proposed that the Nabataean rock-carvings in what is now Jordan contained... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 93904

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  5. 117609
    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... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 117609

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  6. 117632
    First edition of "one of de Sacy's principal works, the classical treatment of the early history and doctrine of the Druze", which took more than 40 years to complete (Daftary, The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis, p. 132). "The Druze religion was initially an Isma'ili schismatic movement, organised during the final... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 117632

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  7. 117606
    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.... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 117606

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  8. 41178
    First edition, for the first time published separately, previously included in his Pensées of 1634 and 1662; uncommon, just six copies on OCLC, three of them in the US. Cureau was Louis XIV's doctor, the monarch apparently having been impressed by his ability to judge character from outward appearance. A precursor of Lavater,... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 41178

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  9. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 84343

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  10. 117634
    Third edition, revised and enlarged, originally published 1874 from a series of lectures delivered at the Royal Institution the same year. From the library of British colonial officer and Arabist Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a bookplate noting his wife's bequest of his collection to Bath Public Library in 1920,... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 117634

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  11. 94741
    Editiones principes of these five Greek histories, including Photius's version "On the Erythrean Red Sea" by Agatharchides, one of the most important sources for Arabia in classical antiquity. With a copy of the Hakluyt Society translation of Agatharchides's account by Stanley M. Burstein (1989), in very good condition with... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 94741

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  12. 117613
    First editions, William Beckford's copies, with his pencilled annotation to the initial blank of the first work, noting "p. 218 at night, Sidy Mahomet had constantly six blood hounds in his chamber" and other detail; subsequently in the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), with the... Learn More
    £6,500

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  13. 117608
    First edition, scarce. James was a cabin-boy on Commander Johnstone's abortive expedition to seize the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch in 1781. After being ambushed by the French in the Cape Verde Islands, and subsequently failing to take the Cape, Johnstone gained a consolation victory at Saldanha. Johnstone himself then... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 117608

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  14. 94079
    First edition of this foundational study of early Arabic poetry, from the collection of British Arabist and colonial agent Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a printed bookplate noting his widow's bequest of his books to Bath Public Library in 1920, and associated manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps as usual.... Learn More
    £1,250

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  15. 109460
    First edition. Interesting account of an expedition in the winter of 1932-3 to geologically map a fifty-mile section of the Makran Coastal Range, from Jask on the Gulf of Oman to the border with Baluchistan. Harrison joined the Anglo-Persian Oil Company on demobilisation in 1918. From 1920 until 1928 he worked across South... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 109460

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  16. 117637
    First edition of the first account of Stanhope's travels since her own memoirs were published by her physician Charles Meryon in 1846. From the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), with a printed bookplate and manuscript shelf-mark to front pastedown noting Samuel widow's... Learn More
    £200

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  17. 117615
    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,... Learn More
    £450

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  18. 117610
    First edition, "an interesting book" (ODNB). Keppel (1799-1891), who had fought at Waterloo before serving in Mauritius and the Cape, was ordered to India in 1821. "There he served as aide-de-camp to the governor-general, the marquess of Hastings, but on Hastings's resignation in 1823 he obtained leave to return home overland"... Learn More
    £1,750

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  19. 117603
    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,... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 117603

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  20. Miniature Painting in Ottoman Baghdad.
    First edition, first printing with the ownership inscription of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, dated New York, November 1990, to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 110842

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  21. Salaman and Absal.

    Salaman and Absal.

    Dushanbe, Tajikistan: 1977

    First edition thus. An attractive facsimile of an illuminated manuscript copy dated 1521 is accompanied by a complete Russian translation and commentary in Persian and English. Salaman and Absal is one part of Persian Jami's Haft Awrang, a cycle of seven poems in mathnavi (couplet) form considered one of the foundational... Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 110797

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  22. The Orientalists. European Painters of Eastern Scenes.
    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

    Stock Code: 110778

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  23. i1
    First edition in German of this illustrated survey of miniatures from Ottoman manuscript accounts of the Hungarian campaigns, first published in Hungarian in 1975. This copy is from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated London, April 1991 to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 110800

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  24. The Paradise of Fools.
    First edition. Lively, and uncommon account of an expedition described in Fliegel Jezerniczky's on-line Libyan Desert bibliography as "an extraordinary journey", in which a party led by Mason and W.B. Kennedy Shaw traversed "virtually all major parts of the Libyan desert. They started from Kharga, reaching the Gilf Kebir... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 98888

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  25. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.
    First edition of this uncommon photobook by the Lebanese-born photojournalist and portraitist Maher Attar, recording the renovation of the old Souk in Doha. The text is by Mohamed Ali Abdullah, the architect on the project which won the Aga Khan Architectural Award for 2010. "The revitalisation project, a unique architectural... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 98886

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  26. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the Year 1792 to 1798.
    Second edition, enlarged, first published in 1799. "This important work contains the earliest information in English about Darfur (Sudan). Browne, inspired by Bruce's travels, went to Egypt in 1792 hoping to explore the oases in the eastern Sahara and to journey to the source of the White Nile. He reached El Fashur in Darfur... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 97302

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  27. Recollections of Forty Years.
    First edition in English, translated from Souvenirs de quarante ans (1887). Ferdinand de Lesseps is best remembered as the engineer who designed the Suez Canal. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 96442

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  28. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.
    First edition. Uncommon photobook by the Lebanese-born photojournalist and portraitist Maher Attar, recording the renovation of the old Souk in Doha. The text is by Mohamed Ali Abdullah the architect on the project which won the Aga Khan Architectural Award for 2010; "The revitalisation project, a unique architectural revival... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 97440

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  29. The Commerce and Navigation of the Erythraean Sea:
    First edition in book form, scarce, with one copy listed in auction records in the last 50 years. McCrindle, of the Bengal Educational Service, translated from the Greek two of the most important sources for Arabia and the Persian Gulf in antiquity. The Periplus was written in the first century CE and describes the routes... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 94810

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  30. 94074
    First complete edition in English of this "important Persian text of the Azar Kayvani pseudo-Zorostrian sect. It was written anonymously between the years 1645 and 1658 and contains important information particularly about the prevalent religions of India in the 17th century" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). The author, erroneously... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 94074

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  31. History of the Afghans:
    First edition. Dorn (1805-1881) was a pioneer in many areas of Iranian studies in Russia. "He was particularly interested in the Pashtuns and published annotated editions and translations of texts on tribal history. Dorn never visited Afghanistan, but he nevertheless established the scientific basis for Afghan studies, particularly... Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 96543

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  32. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.
    First edition of the first study of the dialect of the Maghreb, considered by Johann Fück to be the "First scientific contribution to the scientific study of Arab dialects". Dombay (1756-1810), an Austrian born at Vienna, studied oriental languages at the Maria-Theresa College before being sent to Morocco as an interpreter,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 96768

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  33. 94082
    First edition in French, first published in Amsterdam in 1676, before becoming a Europe-wide best-seller. Purporting to be an account of the travels of a Dutch sail-maker and seaman, the truth of these adventures has been challenged in the past. However, it is now widely accepted that although "replete with plagiarised text... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 94082

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  34. 93999
    First edition in English, and still the only complete edition, of "the standard work on Spanish history up to the 18th century which does not merely report events in lucid chronological order and with admirable objectivity, but includes analyses of the mechanisms of princely power" (Braun, Juan de Mariana and Early Modern... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 93999

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  35. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.
    First editions. Uncommon in complete state, OCLC shows perhaps fewer than 20 sets completing worldwide; Copac lists just two: SOAS and Glasgow, the Oxford set lacking the much later fifth volume; no other copies traced at auction.
    The five volumes comprise the catalogue of the extraordinary collection of Arabic manuscripts... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 94282

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  36. A Chronicle of the Carmelites in Persia,
    First edition of this important contribution to the history of the region based on extensive documentation from Archivio di Propaganda Fide and Casa Generalizia dei Carmelitani in Rome. "In 1604 Pope Clement VIII, with the support of Sigismund III Vasa of Poland, dispatched a mission of Discalced Carmelite fathers to Persia;... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 95110

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  37. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
    First edition of Weil's path-breaking history of Islam, which relied in large part on Muslim sources still in manuscript. Sets are fairly common in institutions, but rarely encountered on the market.
    Weil (1808-1889) was born in Sulzburg in Baden, and was originally destined for the rabbinate, but at a young age found... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 94297

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  38. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
    First edition. "Ainsworth was one of the founding members of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1835 he was appointed surgeon and geologist to the Euphrates expedition. This account of the geological work of the expedition is dedicated to Francis Chesney head of the expedition. Ainsworth produced this work very quickly,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 95148

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  39. Survey of the Shores and Islands of the Persian Gulf 1820-1829.
    First edition of this important assemblage of texts and charts, reproduced from original material in the India Office Library and Records, London and in the Department of Manuscripts, the British Library. "This is a publication of sea charts, harbour plans, coastal views and topographical descriptions produced during the... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 92989

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  40. 92907
    First edition, uncommon, decidedly so in the cloth. Eight copies only on Copac, OCLC adds just 11 more in libraries worldwide; one copy at auction in the last 40 years. An informative, if slightly gossipy, account of a lengthy sojourn in the region. "Anderson worked for the Indo-European later Indo-Persian Telegraph Company... Learn More
    £1,500

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  41. 92497comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Rhotert on the front free endpaper to an unnamed recipient, thanking them for their support for the Forschungsinstituts für Kulturmorphologie. The leader's account of the work of the Nordgruppe der XII. Deutschen-Innerafrikanischen Forschungsexpedition in the Transjordan and... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 92497

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  42. 92391
    First edition. Inevitably the journal is well-represented by full runs in institutional collections, but it is always difficult to track down odd numbers. "In the 1920s and 30s, George Horsfield (Horsfield et al. 1933) and his wife Agnes Conway Horsfield (1943) worked in what is today Jordan, excavating at Petra, the citadel... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 92391

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  43. 91495
    First edition of this handsomely-presented bio-bibliographical compilation on the great Arab authors of history. The author was one of the leading Italian Orientalists of the period, lecturer in Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic, and theology at the University of Parma. Relatively common institutionally, but rarely encountered on... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 91495

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  44. Analecta Arabica.
    First and only Arabic and Latin text edition of three interesting and varied Arabic manuscripts. Each has prefatory material in Latin and the first two parts also have an extensive Arabic-Latin glossary. The three parts are: "Institutiones juris Mohammedani circa bellum contra eos qui ab islamo sunt alieni. E duobus al-Codurii... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 92362

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  45. 75937comp
    Second edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Tony, With all best wishes from Geoff, August 1974." First published in 1970, this thorough revised second edition is genuinely uncommon. OCLC lists University of Leeds and National Library of Australia only, Copac adds IWM. "Effectively an... Learn More
    £475

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  46. 74490
    First and only editions, presentation copies, each inscribed by Rogers to his friend and confidante Henry L. Bullen, the librarian of the Typographic Library and Museum of the American Type Founders Company. The First volume, limited to 200 copies only, was printed by William Edwin Rudge from type set by Bertha M. Goudy;... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 74490

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  47. Sheba's Daughters.
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To G. L. Bates with the author's thanks and good wishes. H. St. J. B. Philby, 1/5/39." George Latimer Bates was an eminent ornithologist, naturalist, and author of the Handbook of Birds of West Africa. Bates had spent some 25 years in... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 59530

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  48. 46821
    First edition. Niebuhr trained as a surveyor in order to support himself into his majority, then receiving a small inheritance. He next studied mathematics at Göttingen before joining the Hanoverian corps of engineers. In 1760 he was invited to join the scientific expedition being sent out by Frederick V of Denmark. Originally... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 46821

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  49. 46982
    First edition, one of 50 large paper copies. "This work contains much information of a novel and important kind It was read through the press by Mr. Salt, who was Secretary and Draughtsman to Lord Valentia" (Lowndes). Henry Salt supplied all the drawings upon which the plates are based and in the same year, 1809, published... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 46982

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  50. 21613
    First edition of this pamphlet which outlines the historical, social, and political background of the relationship between Egypt and Great Britain. Forster served as a volunteer with the Red Cross between November 1915 and January 1919: while some of the material is "the result of personal experience his time in Egypt was... Learn More
    £320

    Stock Code: 21613

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