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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. 122917
    Although described on the title page as the second edition "enlarged and revised", this a one-volume edition following a two-volume second edition of 1844. The first was published in 1840. The cruise undertaken by Oscar Wilde's father as medical assistant to Glasgow magnate Robert Meiklam, was to "absent himself temporarily... Learn More
    £750

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  2. 84343
    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £85

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  3. 122439

    Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.

    Istanbul: 1298 AH/1880-1 CE

    Uncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, translated from the original Arabic by the author, Ottoman Sufi poet Yazicioglu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe"). Mehmet, a native of the Gallipoli peninsula,... Learn More
    £3,500

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  4. 120555
    First and only edition, presentation copy of this extremely rare pamphlet written in response to the 1870 Pera fire (the "Harik-i kabir"), inscribed by the author "A Mr. le Profr. Marzolo, hommage" on the front wrapper. This must be Francesco Marzolo (1818-1880), who taught medicine at the University of Padua, rather than... Learn More
    £675

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  5. 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

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  6. 122295
    First edition. Sandwith served as chief medical officer for British and Turkish forces at Kars during the siege of the city during the Crimean War. After the city's capitulation he was the sole British captive released by the Russians. He was welcomed back to Britain as a hero, whereupon he wrote the present book, giving... Learn More
    £400

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  7. 119933comp
    First edition, presentation copy of this "notable travel account" (ODNB), inscribed to "George Augustus Sala, with Isabel Burton's kindest complements - 21 Jun 1879" to the half-title, with Sala's ownership inscription directly below. Sala (1828-1895) was one of the leading literary figures in England during the second half... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 119933

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  8. 1
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (1850-1936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 112539

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  9. 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

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  10. 122044comp
    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum... Learn More
    £1,250

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  11. 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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  12. 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

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  13. 102633
    First and only edition of this epic poem in Italian recounting the life of Muhammad in 12 cantos of ottava rima, each canto illustrated with a full-page engraved plate, in addition to two frontispiece portraits of the author and of Muhammad astride a rampant horse, all after original paintings by Paolo Araldi. Originally... Learn More
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  14. 117640
    First edition of the work which was long considered the first Western history of Arabic science and medicine, and though in fact preceded by an obscure work in French by Pierre Joseph Amoreux, published in 1805, it remains the foundational work on the subject (see Arcadian Library p. 216). The last 16 pages are lithographed... Learn More
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  15. 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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  16. 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

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  17. A Practical Arabic Grammar.
    First edition, later corrected issue with the additional seven-page errata and publisher's advertisements dated 1845. "An Arabic grammar, which, taking a middle path between the obscure brevity of some of its predecessors, and the fulness of others, furnishes what has been so long wanted, a good manual for commencing the... Learn More
    £300

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  18. 111490
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,250

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  19. 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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  20. 59138
    Volume I of the second, enlarged edition of the work originally published in two volumes in 1859. "The prints in this edition are of a much stronger quality than those in the first edition having been gold-toned" (Gernsheim). The complete set of this publication comprises four volumes each with 37 mounted photographs. However... Learn More
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  21. 119207
    First edition, first impression. An account of Luke's journey to Mosul with an extensive history of its peoples. Luke (1884-1969) was a prolific traveller and writer, due in no small part to his role as a colonial governor in a vast array of locations, including a number in the Middle East, where he gained a "rapport with... Learn More
    £250

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  22. 117707
    First London edition; originally published Calcutta 1788, Lowndes notes that a French edition followed in 1797. "An important book in the growing interest of Orientalism" (Ghani). Francklin (1763-1839) was the son of the classical scholar and dramatist Thomas Francklin. He was educated at Westminster and Trinity College,... Learn More
    £1,250

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  23. 117318
    First edition. Dispatched by Burton from Tabora to verify reports of a large body of water to the north of Lake Tanganyika, Speke discovered Victoria Nyanza on 3 August 1858 and immediately pronounced it to be the source of the Nile. Back in London the strained relationship between the two explorers was finally sundered... Learn More
    £875

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  24. 117623
    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... Learn More
    £1,750

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  25. 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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  26. 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
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  27. 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

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  28. Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.
    First edition, first impression. "Using previously unpublished material from the Russian Navy Central Archives in St Petersburg, this book is the first publication of its kind, shedding new light on the period from 1899 to 1903 when Russia succeeded in penetrating the Arabian Gulf for a short time" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114443

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  29. Livret-Itinéraire de la Marche des Trains suivant l'heure méridienne … Ligne Radjou-Halep. Ligne Halep-Ras El Aïn.
    Attractively printed wartime timetable for the section of the Berlin-Baghdad Railway around Aleppo. An inevitably uncommon curiosity. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 113674

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  30. Twelve Days.

    Twelve Days.

    The Hogarth Press: 1928

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 111407

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  31. Trojanische Alterthümer.
    First edition. Schliemann's identification of Hisarlik in north-west Anatolia as the site of Homeric Troy is still considered today "the greatest of all archaeological finds" (PMM). His methods, which involved the destructive use of dynamite, were widely criticised by later scholars, but at the time his account of his discovery... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112133

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  32. Three Tracts on the Syntax and Pronunciation of the Hebrew Tongue;
    First and only edition. Sharp (1735-1813), best remembered as one of the first abolitionists, was also an esteemed amateur linguist and theologian, having taught himself Hebrew and Greek while apprenticed to a London linen-draper in order to debate with two of his fellow apprentices. "Dr Henry Lloyd, Regius Professor of... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 111956

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  33. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
    First and only edition of an important study, never superseded, which in fact "remains the only authoritative work on the subject" (obituary, Rice & Hirschberg, Ars Orientalis, IV, 1961). Mayer was born in Galicia in 1895, studied in Vienna, Lausanne and Berlin, and emigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1921 where he was employed... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 110826

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  34. History of the Arabs and their Literature
    First and only edition in English of this uncommon late Khedival-period course-book for Cairene students, originally published in Arabic the previous year as Ta'rikh al-'Arab wa-adabihim, scarce in commerce and just five copies in UK libraries, of which two are in the British Library.
    Van Dyck was an American diplomat... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 108183

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  35. Evraq-i Perishan [Title in Persian]. Moral Aphorisms in Arabic, and a Persian Commentary in Verse,
    First and only edition of this commercially very scarce work translated from a 16th-century manuscript and once identified as a formative influence on the oriental yearnings of the young Lord Byron, a thesis which has since proved controversial as no explicit reference to the text has yet been identified in Byron's writings... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 110194

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  36. A Journey to the Source of the River Oxus.
    Second edition, revised. Following his success in leading an expedition up the Indus in 1835, Wood was appointed as assistant to Alexander Burnes's mission to Afghanistan. "The mission had both commercial and military aims, and Wood was charged with gathering information about the Indus and the topography and mineral deposits... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111897

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  37. The Ansayrii, and the Assassins,
    First edition, uncommon. "An account of journeys in 1850-51 through Ottoman lands, with the primary intent of exploring the mountains of an Ismaili sect known as the Ansayrii or Assassins, between Safyta and Nahr El Kebir (northern Lebanon-Syria). The book includes a detailed description of the Ansayrii, their customs, and... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 109140

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  38. Descrizione della Palestina.
    First separate edition, revised and expanded; originally published as part of Ferrario's immense Il costume antico e moderno, issued simultaneously in French and Italian in 143 parts from 1816 to 1834, forming a total of 17 volumes. Remarkably uncommon in this form, with just ten copies in institutional libraries worldwide... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 107964

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  39. A Ride to India.
    First edition. In 1889 De Windt rode on horseback from Tbilisi to Bombay, travelling through Baku, Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Bushire, Baluchistan and Quetta. He served as aide-de-camp to his brother-in-law Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, from 1876 to 1878, and also travelled widely across Russia, including a journey to... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 110077

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  40. Masterpieces from the Topkapı Museum.
    First edition in English, apparently unpublished in the original Turkish; French and German editions were published the same year. This copy is from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated London, 12 January 1981 to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £50

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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
    First editions, each in a signed edition limited of 300 copies of which just 30 were in the full binding as here, copies 16 and 25 respectively. De Chair was Intelligence Officer with "Kingcol", a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brig.-Gen. Kingstone. This tiny force was sent from Palestine to Baghdad... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 105498

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  45. 110595
    Alexandre Antoine Girardot (1815-c.1877) has left but few traces of what must have been an unusual and adventurous life. Born in Paris in February 1815, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts on 6 October 1836. A student of Blondel, he exhibited regularly at the Salon between 1841 and 1848, submitting views of Algeria... Learn More
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  46. 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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    First edition, one of 12 copies hors commerce ("sur papier Alfa mousse des papeteries Navarre, non mis dans le commerce"), of this detailed study of the hajj with particular emphasis on medical aspects. In 1928 the author had been appointed inspector general of the Conseil sanitaire, maritime et quarantenaire d'Egypte, or... Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 105496

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  48. i1
    First edition in any language of Tabari's Ta'rikh al-rusul wa'l-muluk ("History of Prophets and Kings"), "the most important of the classical Arabic historical texts still extant" (Encylopaedica Iranica), volume I (all published); this copy with a presentation leaf addressed to noted translator and businesswoman Lady Charlotte... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 110201

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  49. i1
    First and only edition of this uncommon pictorial account of the visit of the Mediterranean squadron of the French navy to Jerusalem in 1861. Most of the plates illustrate the interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, though there are also depictions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Mosque of Omar. "Pâris was named commander... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 107989

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    Offprint from the Annual Review of the Institute of Archaelogy at the University of Ankara, describing a manuscript in the Vatican Library (MS Vat. Pers. 9), namely a 1631 copy of renowned explorer Pietro della Valle's Persian translation of a short pamphlet by one Christophoros Borrus, a Milanese Jesuit and astronomer,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104031

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  51. Marine Atlas.
    First edition. An exhaustive scientific survey of the marine and coastal habitats found along the Saudi Arabian portion of the Gulf, an area covering some 1,200 miles of diverse coastline (including islands) from Ra's al-Khafji on the Kuwaiti border in the north to Ra's Abu Qamis on the border with the UAE in the south;... Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 102570

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  52. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
    First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula.... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 103359

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  53. The Commerce and Navigation of the Erythraean Sea:
    First edition. An extension of Vincent's interpretation of the Periplus through access to Bombay government papers. The Periplus was an account written in the middle of the first century C.E. describing the routes and commercial opportunities to be accessed from Rome's Egyptian ports along the coast of the Red Sea, Northeast... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 98667

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  54. A history of the revolt of Ali Bey, against the Ottoman Porte,
    First edition, rare in the original boards, of this important account of the revolt of 'Ali Bey, the shaykh al-balad of Egypt who declared the country independent of the Ottoman Empire before proceeding to seize control of the Hijaz and invade Syria. His rule ended following the insubordination of his most trusted general,... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 100899

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  55. 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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  56. 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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  57. Geschichte des Levantehandels im Mittelalter.
    First edition. In 1082, the Byzantine emperor granted Venice trading rights throughout imperial territory, a decree issued largely in recognition of the city state's growing influence; Venetian merchants became the dominant European force in the Levant throughout the Middle Ages, conducting a thriving trade with the Mamluk... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 100580

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  58. Grammatica linguae persicae.
    First and only edition. Dombay (1756-1810), an Austrian born at Vienna, studied oriental languages at the Maria-Theresa College before being sent to Morocco as an interpreter, subsequently serving in Madrid and Zagreb. He finished his career as a councillor of the secret chancellery and interpreter to the Emperor's court.... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 100510

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  59. 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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  60. 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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