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

    London : 1857

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

    Stock Code: 144152

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

    Berlin : 1982

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

    Stock Code: 140741

  3. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,
    BEHR, Johann von der. Diarium, oder Tage-Buch über dasjenige,

    Jena : 1668

    First and only edition of this fascinating account of the East Indies and Persia by a German soldier in the service of the VOC. "Behr enlisted in 1641 and sailed to Batavia about two years later he went on to serve in Java, as well as with the fleet of Johann Maetsuycker on the Malabar Coast. Apart from a voyage to Persia, Behr spent four of his six... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 141776

  4. Tarikh Ahmed Pasha al-Jazzar naqlan 'an naskha maktaba Kuliyya al-Qadis Yusuf fi Beyrout.
    JAZZAR PASHA. Tarikh Ahmed Pasha al-Jazzar naqlan 'an naskha maktaba Kuliyya al-Qadis Yusuf fi Beyrout.

    Beirut : 1899

    At the crossroads of print and manuscript cultures in Lebanon, this fascinating manuscript was copied in 1899 from an anonymous contemporary history of Ahmed Jazzar (the Butcher) Pasha (c.1725-1804), a Bosnian adventurer whose bloody career spanned Ottoman Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. After early years in Egypt, a change in circumstance forced al-Jazzar... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 142204

  5. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding
    QUR'AN. Magnificent Qajar Qur'an in a dated Zand lacquer binding

    [Zand and Qajar Iran,]

    This Qur'an is an exquisite example of Qajar calligraphy, copied in the bold Iranian naskh most often associated with the Safavid calligrapher Ahmad al-Nayrizi. The manuscript's illumination is extensive, elaborate, and vibrant, alive with colours and gold, rich in the exuberant luxury of Qajar decorative art. Particularly noticeable is the sheer diversity... Learn More
    £27,500.00

    Stock Code: 142205

  6. Sketches in Egypt, 1930 - an album of original watercolours.
    CHAMBERLAIN-ANDREWS, Victor William. Sketches in Egypt, 1930 - an album of original watercolours.

    Egypt : 1930-32

    An extremely appealing collection of highly competent "officer quality" sketches. The subject matter is fairly typical - views on the Nile, in Cairo, the Ibrahim Agha mosque, in and around Damietta, Mansoura and Talkha, and a sequence of smaller "snap shots" of types, mat making, the forge, the vegetable shop - but the treatment and technique are... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 141303

  7. Arabian Sands.
    THESIGER, Wilfred. Arabian Sands.

    London : 1959

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

    Stock Code: 130541

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

    London : 1936

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

    Stock Code: 121339

  9. Baghdad to Beirut 1944.
    PAIFORCE. Baghdad to Beirut 1944.

    [Baghdad?] : 1944

    Appealing pocket-booklet of leave instructions issued to members of Persia and Iraq Force, an inevitably uncommon survival, with only the Imperial War Museum copy traced in institutions. The second section comprises a history of Damascus and the Syrian desert by Seton Lloyd (1902-1996), who had been appointed archaeology adviser to the Directorate of... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143711

  10. The Red Sea Pilot.
    NAVAL PILOT. The Red Sea Pilot.

    London : 1873

    Revised edition of this notably uncommon naval pilot, one of 1,250 copies. This edition was updated from the first edition of 1863 in order to include key information on the Suez canal, which opened in 1869. Two copies of this edition have been traced institutionally, held at the British Library and the New York Public Library.

    This edition was... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 142878

  11. Oriental Assembly.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Oriental Assembly.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, a bright copy in a particularly attractive example of the jacket. Oriental Assembly contains all the hitherto uncollected writings by Lawrence about the East, including the first publication for the general public of the suppressed introductory chapter of Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    The work also includes the diary... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 143030

  12. De situ orbis.
    STRABO. De situ orbis.

    Venice : 1516

    Editio princeps, that is, the first edition in the original Greek, of the first attempt at a unified treatise of geographical knowledge, which is "by far the most important source for ancient geography, a priceless document of the Augustan age, and a compendium of important material derived from lost authors" (Oxford Classical Dictionary, p. 1447).... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 142408

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

    London : 1936

    New and definitive edition, first impression, in a handsome binding. Travels in Arabia Deserta, "an unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia" (ODNB), was first published in 1886. T. E. Lawrence was instrumental in having the book republished in 1921, with a new introduction and preface by himself... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143518

  14. A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol.
    MCCORMICK, Richard Cunningham. A Visit to the Camp Before Sevastopol.

    New York : 1855

    First edition, attractive account of the Crimean War with an interesting discussion of hospital conditions at Scutari. The author was a New York-born war correspondent who later became Governor of Arizona, and unlike many correspondents managed to catch a glimpse of Florence Nightingale in person. A fragile book and genuinely uncommon: Library Hub traces... Learn More
    £185.00

    Stock Code: 142750

  15. In and Around Baghdad.
    MAIN, Ernest. In and Around Baghdad.

    Baghdad : [c.1930]

    First edition of this travel guide to inter-war Baghdad, which provides a more expansive scope than much tourist literature of the time, this copy notably bright. This guide is now uncommonly found, and has been traced at six institutions worldwide (British Library, two copies; SOAS; University of California, two copies; Princeton; University of Pennsylvania;... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142674

  16. Oriental Assembly.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Oriental Assembly.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, containing all the hitherto uncollected writings by Lawrence about the East, containing his diary kept during a journey in Northern Syria in 1911, the suppressed introductory chapter of Seven Pillars of Wisdom (its first publication for the general public), two of Lawrence's newspaper articles, the preface to the Leicester... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 142422

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

    London : 1936

    Signed limited edition, no. 8 of 12 copies printed for Liddell Hart and signed by himself and Ronald Storrs (out of a total edition of 128), additionally inscribed by Liddell Hart on the front free endpaper "To Marie, my dearest friend since birth from Basil". This copy retains the rare glassine jacket and flaps, unknown to Lawrence's bibliographer... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 142590

  18. A Survey of the Holy Land;
    BANNISTER, J. T. A Survey of the Holy Land;

    Bath : [c.1851]

    An attractive copy of Bannister's Survey of the Holy Land, first published in 1843. Bannister's illustrated narrative is a key example of the mid-nineteenth century genre of biblical travel writing, which viewed the landscape with "historical significance and rich symbolism" creating an "evocative tableaux" for western readers (Henes, p. 106). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 142663

  19. Egypt & Nubia,
    ROBERTS, David. Egypt & Nubia,

    London : 1846-49

    First edition, in the preferred deluxe coloured format, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing... 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 the Near East. Representing the completion... Learn More
    £150,000.00

    Stock Code: 119585

  20. Ludovici Patritii Romani novum itinerarium Aethiopiae: Aegypti: utriusque Arabiae: Persidis: Siriae: ac Indiae: intra et extra Ganges.
    VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. Ludovici Patritii Romani novum itinerarium Aethiopiae: Aegypti: utriusque Arabiae: Persidis: Siriae: ac Indiae: intra et extra Ganges.

    Milan : 1511]

    Notably rare first Latin edition of Varthema's influential account of his undercover travel through the Ottoman Empire, Safavid Persia, and India, "one of the most remarkable travel books of the Renaissance" (Blackmer), a copy with significant provenance, from the library of the highly cultured imperial secretary Jacopo Bannisio, with his ownership... Learn More
    £150,000.00

    Stock Code: 142207

  21. The Road to Kabul.
    DE GAURY, Gerald, & H. V. F. Winstone, (eds). The Road to Kabul.

    London : 1981

    Superb presentation copy of the first edition of this anthology of work by travellers in Central Asia, signed by the author, and with a letter presenting the book to Robert Heber-Percy, 'The Mad Boy', young lover of the eccentric Lord Berners, with whom de Gaury became fascinated, and who accompanied him on his delicate diplomatic mission to visit Ibn... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 141824

  22. Forty Days in the Desert,
    BARTLETT, William Henry. Forty Days in the Desert,

    London : [c.1851]

    Fourth edition of this richly illustrated travel account, first published in 1849. Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British artist known for his detailed steel engravings and keen archaeological eye, both of which are well-showcased in this work. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 141231

  23. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,
    BARTLETT, William Henry. Footsteps of Our Lord and his Apostles,

    London : 1852

    Second edition of this narrative of a pilgrimage to the sites of the New Testament, published swiftly after the first edition of 1851. The work's popularity led for a third edition to be published in the same year. Bartlett (1809-1854) was a British artist known for his detailed steel engravings and keen archaeological eye, both of which are well-showcased... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141233

  24. Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).
    MIDDLE EAST. Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).

    [Cairo] : 1943

    Rare first edition, "not to be published", a revised version of Middle East Catering and Cooking (1942). This is a fascinating and detailed handbook for use by the British Army in some of the most testing campaign conditions of the Second World War; few copies would have survived the rigours of the Middle East Theatre.

    The preface is by Lieutenant-General... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 141583

  25. Soldiers of the Prophet.
    MURPHY, Charles Cecil Rowe., lieut.-col. Soldiers of the Prophet.

    London : 1921

    Well-preserved first edition of this uncommon "collection of reports... containing valuable new facts for the historian" (GJ, 60;2), from various campaigns and expeditions in Near and Middle East, including Gallipoli, anti-gun running operations in the Makran, and counter-insurgency in Oman in 1915. This copy from the library of Peter Hopkirk, bookplate... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141910

  26. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
    AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.

    Cairo : 1939

    First edition in any western language of the second novel, widely considered as one of his best, by a key figure in the development of modern Egyptian literature. A limited edition of 450 copies, this 349, signed by the author, rare with just four locations identified world-wide: American Universities Beirut and Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Bibliothèque... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141117

  27. Limelight for Suez.
    DEWHURST, Claude. Limelight for Suez.

    Cairo : 1946

    First edition, first impression, of this history of the Suez Canal, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Denise, a writer of infinite capacity (and charm), who could have written a far better booklet than this - given the material. But the author had that: hence an indifferent tome has appeared before the public as a sandwich... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140712

  28. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.
    ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.

    London : 1842-45

    First edition, with the plates in the proof state, of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of 19th-century publishing... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph" (Abbey Travel); no publication before this astonishing work had presented so comprehensive a series of views of the monuments, landscape, and people of the region.

    The... Learn More
    £57,500.00

    Stock Code: 132530

  29. Origins.
    GUBBAY, Lucien. Origins.

    London : 1989

    First and sole edition, number 85 of an unspecified but presumably very small edition; presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Geoffrey Gubbay, with best wishes, Lucien, 7.11.90". An online search of institutional libraries locates one copy only, at University of California.

    "Origins traces the history over... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140918

  30. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
    KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].

    [Safavid Iran : [c.1600]

    A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 132183

  31. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
    MAYER, Leo Aryeh. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.

    Oxford : 1933

    First and only edition. An important study, never superseded, 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 in Department of Antiquities.... Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 111051

  32. Palästina oder historisch-geographische Beschreibung des judischen Landes zur zeit Jesu.
    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

  33. Nineveh and Its Remains:
    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

  34. Moorish Recipes.
    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

  35. 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

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

    Calcutta : 1880-81

    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

  37. 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

  38. Bibliothèque orientale.
    KATIP ÇELEBI; HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.

    The Hague : 1777-79

    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

  39. 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

  40. 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... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 139291

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 117586

  44. [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

  45. 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

  46. 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... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 133591

  47. 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

  48. Wassmuss.
    SYKES, Christopher. Wassmuss.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, an uncommon book, particularly so in the jacket 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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130260

  49. 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

  50. 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

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

    London : 1847

    First edition of this scarce book that shows only four copies on Library Hub. 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... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 127760

  52. 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

  53. Changed: Being an Account of a Voyage in Modern Persia.
    SYKES, Christopher. Changed: Being an Account of a Voyage in Modern Persia.

    London : 1932

    Unique proof copy of Sykes's first book, the author's own copy with his autograph corrections in pencil throughout, together with a rare copy of the privately printed first edition.

    The changes appear not to have been implemented in the published edition, but instead show the author making notes for an unrealised future edition, with a system... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 125846

  54. A Diary of the Travels.
    CORVINUS PRESS: TILLERY, John. A Diary of the Travels.

    [London] : 1938

    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 in Greenwich. It is today... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 122044

  55. A Narrative of a Voyage to Arabia, India, etc.
    JAMES, Silas. A Narrative of a Voyage to Arabia, India, etc.

    London : 1797

    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 returned to England, but sent... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 117608

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

    New York : 1927

    First US edition, large paper issue of 250 copies (this copy unnumbered). 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, undertaken in 1926 by... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 108956

  57. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.
    DE CHAIR, Somerset. The Golden Carpet; The Silver Crescent.

    London : 1943

    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 to deal with the effects... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 105498

  58. Imperial Camel Corps.
    INCHBALD, Geoffrey. Imperial Camel Corps.

    [No place] : 1973

    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. WorldCat lists University of Leeds and National Library of Australia only, WorldCat adds IWM. "Effectively an unofficial history of... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 75937

  59. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.
    BACCANTI, Alberto. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.

    Casalmaggiore : 1791

    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 from Casalmaggiore, Araldi (d.... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 102633

  60. A Commentary on Ten Arabic Poems.
    TIBRIZI, Abu Zakariya' Yahya ibn 'Ali al-Khatib al-. A Commentary on Ten Arabic Poems.

    Calcutta : 1894

    First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on poetry For a time he was a... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 118904

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