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  1. 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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    First edition. The son of a Yorkshire clergyman, Keane ran away to sea at 12, spending some time on a collier brig. "By the age of 18 he had acquired a second mate's certificate. He claimed to have become a certified officer in the P&O line and between 1873 and 1877 to have taken voyages to the Black Sea, the Arctic and... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 98733

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  3. Pèlerinage à la Mecque et à la Médine.
    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... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 99252

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 95110

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  13. 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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  14. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
    First edition in English, first published in Madrid in 1820-1; far from common in the market. Condé was the director of the library of the Escorial. His work is "characterized by a strong sympathy for Arab culture. For the first time a complete survey, based on Arab sources, was provided of the history of Islamic Spain... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 95147

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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

    Stock Code: 92907

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 91495

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  21. 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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  22. 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

    Stock Code: 75937

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  23. 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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 74490

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 44344
    First edition. George William Frederick Howard, 7th earl of Carlisle, Liberal politician of a mildly reforming bent, resigned in 1852 when he failed to obtain a Cabinet position in the incoming Peelite-Liberal coalition. "In consequence of this he believed that he had failed in politics and spent most of the next twelve... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 44344

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  27. 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
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 46982

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  28. 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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