Middle East

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. The Life of My Choice.
    THESIGER, Wilfred. The Life of My Choice.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page with his printed name struck through, of this autobiography by "the greatest of twentieth century explorers" (ODNB), notable for his two crossings of the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula.

    Thesiger's career began when, at the age of 23, he led a fully-funded Royal Geographical... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 150511

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

    London : 1927

    First edition, large paper issue, number 281 of 315 numbered copies, of which 300 were for sale.

    The costs for production of the 1926 Seven Pillars of Wisdom had ballooned to such an extent that Lawrence was contemplating selling either his library or some of his property to clear the debt. Eventually he settled on the publication of an abridgement,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145706

  3. Geographia Nubiensis,
    IDRĪSĪ, al-. Geographia Nubiensis,

    Paris : 1619

    First Latin edition of the Kitab nuzhat al-mushtaq, which had been published in Arabic in Rome in 1592. An attractive copy, unrestored in contemporary condition, of "the most important geographical work of the Middle Ages" (Brill's First Encyclopaedia of Islam). While well-represented institutionally, there have been just six copies noted at auction;... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 145431

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

    London : 1935

    First trade issue, limited edition, number 81 of 750 copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth; scarce in the plain paper dust jacket. This first trade edition was preceded only by the unprocurable Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were just eight copies printed), and the sumptuous 1926 Cranwell... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 127774

  5. Sultan in Oman.
    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

  6. Beyond Euphrates. Autobiography 1928-1933.
    STARK, Freya. Beyond Euphrates. Autobiography 1928-1933.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "Simon with love from his Godmother 15.04.1952 Stark". Simon Lennox-Boyd, as well as being Stark's godson, was also her occasional publisher. Beyond Eupharates is the continuation of Stark's autobiography, following on from Traveller's Prelude (1950).

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    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142073

  7. A Winter in Arabia.
    STARK, Freya. A Winter in Arabia.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper "Donald Simon from his Godmother Freya Stark London 1943", with partial bookplate of the recipient's father, Alan Lennox-Boyd, to the front pastedown. Stark was also godmother to Alan Lennox-Boyd, who would later be the colonial secretary under Winston Churchill in the... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 142074

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

    London : 1935

    First trade edition, limited issue, number 308 of 750 numbered copies issued in this quarter pigskin binding, alongside a cheaper issue bound in cloth. This first trade edition was preceded only by 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).... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 142587

  9. 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

  10. Photograph album documenting a cruise to North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean on RMS Celtic.
    IRANIAN, Mihran, & others. Photograph album documenting a cruise to North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean on RMS Celtic.

    New York : 1902

    Engrossing, wide-ranging and thoughtfully compiled Gilded Age photograph album assembled by a member of a tour party sailing from New York on a Mediterranean cruise aboard the White Star liner RMS Celtic. Perhaps most importantly it includes a handful of superb depictions of Istanbul by the celebrated Armenian photographer Mihran Iranian, whose work... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 131724

  11. 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

  12. Secret Despatches from Arabia.
    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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.
    ANTONIADI, E. M. [Title in Greek:] Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias.

    Athens : 1907-09

    First and only edition of this scarce and important monograph, from the library of the traveler, aesthete, and writer on art Robert Byron (1905-1941), inscribed by him on a blank before the half-title in volume I, "Robert Byron, sent by A. E. Benaki" and with Byron's signature in the same location in the other volumes.

    A fine provenance: Antonis... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 143223

  18. 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

  19. From an Eastern Embassy.
    MOREL, Clare. From an Eastern Embassy.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression. The author was the English wife of a French advisor to Rustem Pasha, Ottoman ambassador to the Court of St James's, and previously in the service of Ghazi Mukhtar Pasha in Egypt. She is named in library records as the comtesse de (even "des") Boullets, though there appears to be no external source for this appellation,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143575

  20. 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

  21. 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; this set presented in a highly attractive binding by the eminent French binder Joseph Thouvenin.

    The translation, by Pierre-Vincent Benoist, was continued... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138677

  22. 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

  23. Documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna.
    MEHMED EMIN ÂLI PAÇA; OTTOMAN RAILWAYS. Documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna.

    Turkey : 1874-86

    Fascinating group of documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna, dating to the time the agreements were revised (1872) to when he was seeking to extricate himself (1887):

    1. Covering letter to the annotated Actes 1874 document addressed to... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 141678

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. Memoirs,
    STANHOPE, Lady Hester. Memoirs,

    London : 1846

    First edition of Travels, with the second edition of Memoirs, published in the same year. This is a handsomely bound copy of the chief authorities for the life of the most extraordinary woman traveller of the 19th century.

    A niece of William Pitt, Lady Stanhope (1776-1839) left England in 1810 with Charles Meryon, a young doctor she had engaged... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 146264

  30. Travels through Arabia, and other Countries in the East.
    NIEBUHR, Carsten. Travels through Arabia, and other Countries in the East.

    Dublin : 1792

    First Dublin edition, considerably scarcer than the first edition in English, published at Edinburgh in the same year; we have traced two copies only on auction records (2008 and 1979) and an online search of institutional libraries shows 7 locations only; this copy in a judiciously restored period binding, now presenting most handsomely.

    These... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 144017

  31. The War of Atonement.
    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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. Lawrence of Arabia.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. - LIDDELL HART, Basil Henry, & Sir Ronald Storrs. Lawrence of Arabia.

    London : 1936

    Signed limited edition, number 9 of 12 copies printed for Liddell Hart and signed by him and Ronald Storrs (from a total edition of 128), additionally inscribed by Liddell Hart to his father-in-law opposite the limitation page: "It has been given by him, as a token of long and intimate friendship, to J. J. Stone, BH Liddell Hart".

    Lieutenant... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 145709

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.
    NASSER, Gamal Abdel. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.

    April 1956

    Typed letter signed from Gamal Abdel Nasser, as Prime Minister of Egypt. Nasser writes in response to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), chairman of the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the anti-imperialist Canadian Peace Congress. Gardner had written to Nasser sending his well wishes on the anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141392

  60. 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

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