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. Specimens of Arabian Poetry, from the Earliest Time to the Extinction of the Khalifat,
    CARLYLE, Joseph Dacre. Specimens of Arabian Poetry, from the Earliest Time to the Extinction of the Khalifat,

    Cambridge : 1796

    First edition, second issue with a cancel title page; copies noted dated 1795. Carlyle was educated at Carlisle Grammar School and Cambridge, and while at Queens "profited from the instructions of a native of Baghdad, who passed in Britain under the name David Zamio. As a result, Carlyle became so proficient in oriental languages that he was appointed... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 95218

  2. Castles and Churches of the Crusading Kingdom.
    BOASE, T. S. R. Castles and Churches of the Crusading Kingdom.

    London : 1967

    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey, of this richly illustrated account of the crusader castles and churches of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (1099-1291). Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 135304

  3. Nouvelle Géographie Universelle.
    RECLUS, Elisée. Nouvelle Géographie Universelle.

    Paris : 1884

    First edition, volume IX only, the relevant volume on the Middle East and Arabia from Reclus's "stupendous compilation, profusely illustrated with maps, plans, and engravings, which was crowned with the gold medal of the Paris Geographical Society in 1892 Extreme accuracy and brilliant exposition form the leading characteristics of all Reclus's writings,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 117630

  4. Two personal photograph albums of the Western Desert and Italian Campaigns.
    SIMONDS, Richard Hugh Napier. Two personal photograph albums of the Western Desert and Italian Campaigns.

    North Africa and Italy : 1940-43

    An engrossing visual record of the Western Desert Campaign and Allied invasion of Sicily, compiled by Richard Simonds, "unofficial photographer" in the 4th Armoured Brigade, the major component of the 7th Armoured Division. There are over 200 high-quality photographs of military action, British and Axis armour, street scenes, various Allied officers,... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 43249

  5. The Gentlemans Guide, in three Discourses.
    LEIGH, Edward. The Gentlemans Guide, in three Discourses.

    London : 1680

    A re-issue, with cancel title-page, of the edition published in 1671 under the title Three Diatribes or discourses, of travel, of monay, and of measuring distance betwixt place and palce, continuously paginated, but each part with its own printed title dated 1671. In his note "To the Candid Reader", the former Member of Parliament Edward Leigh refers... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 134642

  6. Twelve Months with the Bashi-Bazouks.
    MONEY, Edward. Twelve Months with the Bashi-Bazouks.

    London : 1857

    First edition of this first-hand account of the Crimean War. Money left England to take part in the war, joining the Bashi-Bazouks in July 1855.

    Bashi-bazouks, literally meaning "crazy-head", roughly "leaderless" or "disorderly," were a band of mercenary troops fighting as irregulars with the Ottoman army.

    Edward Money was a retired officer... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134080

  7. The Emir of Bokhara and his Country.
    OLUFSEN, Ole. The Emir of Bokhara and his Country.

    Copenhagen : 1911

    First edition of this highly detailed and well-illustrated study of the region by the Secretary of the Royal Danish Geographical Society, drawing on the material accumulated during his command of the first and Second Danish Pamir Expeditions, 1896-97, 1898-99, from which he brought back more than 700 artefacts of ethnographic and scientific significance... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 133555

  8. Viaje de Ceylan á Damasco.
    RIVADENEYRA, D. Adolfo. Viaje de Ceylan á Damasco.

    Madrid : 1871

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "A mi respectable amigo el Senor ?Corro ?" on the half-title.

    Although well represented in Spanish libraries, Library Hub only lists two copies in the UK, and we could trace no early or first edition copies on the market of this rare account of the author's travels from Ceylan to Damascus,... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 132566

  9. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.

    London : 1935

    First trade edition, first impression, published by Cape immediately following Lawrence's death. It is O'Brien's so-called "Third English Edition," following the Oxford Times edition of 1922 (of which there were eight copies), and the 1926 Cranwell edition (limited to 211 copies, 170 only designated complete). Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 130998

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

    London : 1842-49

    First edition of "one of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenth-century publishing, and the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph... there is pleasure to be had from many of the individual plates, where Haghe's skillful and delicate lithography, and his faithful interpretation of Robert's draughtsmanship and dramatic sense, combine in... Learn More
    £65,000.00

    Stock Code: 132004

  11. The Bedouin Arabs.
    HARDING, Rev. Henry Gladstone The Bedouin Arabs.

    London : 1925

    Second impression. A scarce short pamphlet on the Bedouins, written by a medical missionary for the CMS in Palestine. WorldCat shows only 7 locations for the 1923 first edition and none for later editions. In this short anthropological study, Harding, also the author of The Land of Promise and Palestine and its People, writes sympathetically about a... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 129946

  12. L'Asie Occidentale.
    THOUMIN, Richard. L'Asie Occidentale.

    Damascus : 1928

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "1er Lieutenant Myssen ?". Scarce with six locations on WorldCat and only one on Library Hub (Oxford).

    In the 1920s and 30s Thoumin, professor at the Damascus Military College, wrote several geographical works, focusing particularly on Damascus and Beirut.... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 129957

  13. La Vie de Mahomet,
    PRIDEAUX, Humphrey. La Vie de Mahomet,

    Amsterdam : 1698

    First French edition, translated from the English by Daniel de Larroque, following the London edition of 1697. "Prideaux 1648-1724 lamented how many Deists had charged Christianity with imposture, and he meant to hold up Islam as an actual fraud against which Christianity's legitimacy would become more apparent. Knowing that some might accuse him of... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 129216

  14. Aden Arabic for Beginners.
    GHANEM, Muhammad Abduh. Aden Arabic for Beginners.

    Hertford : 1958

    Second edition, revised and including an extra chapter on military vocabulary. 500 copies of the first edition were printed in Aden in 1955 and the second edition was produced to "ensure that this valuable work would be more widely available" (foreword). Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 129240

  15. Jerusalem: The City of Many Sieges.
    WILLIAMS, Robert. Jerusalem: The City of Many Sieges.

    Alexandria : 1918

    First edition. Scarce with Library Hub showing only two copies, at the National Library of Wales and UCL, WorldCat adds only one at the University of Pisa. The last book published by Williams, an architect who had written several books on slums and working class housing in Britain. He was working as as a consultant for the Egyptian Government when he... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 127768

  16. A Cloud of Forgetting.
    STARK, Freya - COOPER, Pamela. A Cloud of Forgetting.

    London : 1993

    First edition, inscribed on the front free end paper, "to the dear Gunns with love and gratitude from Pamela". The Gunns are Jean Gunn, a good friend of Freya Stark's in her later years and her husband Dr William Gunn, founder of the European Centre for Disaster Medicine, former Director of Emergency Humanitarian Operations for the WHO and author of... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 127649

  17. The Kasîdah (Couplets) of Hajî Abdû El-Yezdî.
    BURTON, Richard F. The Kasîdah (Couplets) of Hajî Abdû El-Yezdî.

    London : 1880]

    First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed". Burton claimed the Kasidah... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 127527

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

    Oxford : 1933

    First and only edition, with the bookplate of Comte François Chandon de Briailles, member of the famous Champagne family and gentleman scholar of numismatics and heraldry. 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... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 127302

  19. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei.
    SCHULZ, Phillip Walter. Die Persisch-Islamische Miniaturmalerei.

    Leipzig : 1914

    First edition. Vol. 1 is number 18 from a limited edition of 20 on Van Gelder paper, intended to be bound in leather, this copy is in slightly variant red cloth. This "groundbreaking two-volume study of Islamic painting" by one of the pioneers of Islamic art history in Germany was "undoubtedly" his major publication. In it, "Schulz attempts not only... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 127322

  20. Muqarnas.
    GRABAR, Oleg; Gülru Necipoglu; et al. (eds.) Muqarnas.

    New Haven & Leiden : 1983-2015

    First editions, a few issues signed by contributors and editors, including several by the founding editor, Oleg Grabar. This journal aimed to "provide a regular vehicle for scholarship and critical essays on Islamic art... and to make scholarship and discussions as widely available as possible, especially in Muslim countries" (vol. 1, p. ix). was founded... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 127347

  21. Hatra.
    SAFAR, Fuad, & Muhammad Ali Mustafa. Hatra.

    Baghad : 1974

    First edition, first impression, one of 3000 copies. This is an illustrated guide to the monuments and the city of Hatra in Northern Iraq, which was taken over by ISIS in 2015. Some of the monuments pictured in this book have since been destroyed, making this an important record of Iraq's lost archaelogical heritage. Written by the two men who led excavations... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 126996

  22. La Religion des Mahometans,
    REELAND, Adriaan. La Religion des Mahometans,

    The Hague : 1721

    First edition in French, first published in Latin in 1705, an English edition was published in 1712, and a German in 1715. "Edited by David Durand this important work by the Dutch orientalist Reeland sets out to correct misconceptions in the popular about Islam, and to bring a better understanding of it. The work was based on Reeland's own collection... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126891

  23. The History of Nadir Shah, formerly called Thamas Kuli Khan, the Present Emperor of Persia.
    FRASER, James. The History of Nadir Shah, formerly called Thamas Kuli Khan, the Present Emperor of Persia.

    London : 1742

    Second edition, same year as the first. Appointed a writer to the Bombay presidency in 1730, Fraser spent some ten years at the company's trading posts at Mocha in the Yemen and at Cambay and Surat, in western India. He had a great aptitude for languages and "not only mastered the vernacular languages used around the Arabian Sea, but took lessons in... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 124635

  24. The Mussulman.
    MADDEN, R. R. The Mussulman.

    London : 1830

    First and sole edition of this uncommon three-decker novel, reasonably well represented institutionally but decidedly elusive in commerce. Richard Robert Madden (1798-1886) was born and privately educated in Dublin and studied medicine in Paris, Naples, and St George's Hospital, London. "While in Italy he became acquainted with Lady Blessington and... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 124607

  25. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.
    RICHARDSON, John. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.

    London : 1776

    First edition. The Scottish whig, lawyer, and orientalist Richardson (1740/1-1795) modelled his work on the Persian grammar of William Jones (1771), with whom he had collaborated on his Persian-Arabic-English dictionary (published 1777-80). Like the dictionary, it was aimed at the East India Company's servants and is dedicated to the Company's directors.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 124613

  26. Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the Shores of the Mediterranean,
    WILDE, William Robert Wills. Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the Shores of the Mediterranean,

    Dublin : 1852

    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 from Dublin for either reasons... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 122917

  27. Album d'Aden.
    ADEN. Album d'Aden.

    [Aden] : [c.1885]

    Souvenir album with late 19th century views of Aden, showing 1) La Poste - Post Office 2) Port des Steamers - Steamer Point two panels 3) Ismis - Ismis 4) Mann Pass - Mann Pass 5) Panorama d'Aden - General View of Aden three panels 6) Parc aux Chamaux - Chamel's (sic) Park7) Palais de Justice - Palace of Justice 8) Les Cisternes - The Cisterns 9) Les... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 122817

  28. Album d'Aden.
    ADEN. Album d'Aden.

    [Aden] : [c.1885]

    Souvenir album with late 19th century views of Aden, showing 1) La Poste - Post Office 2) Port des Steamers - Steamer Point two panels 3) Ismis - Ismis 4) Mann Pass - Mann Pass 5) Parc aux Chamaux - Chamel's (sic) Park 6) Panorama d'Aden - General View of Aden three panels 7) Palais de Justice - Palace of Justice 8) Les Cisternes - The Cisterns 9) Les... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 122819

  29. Vospominaniya o Persii, 1834-1835 (Reminiscences of Persia).
    KORF, Feodor Feodorovich. Vospominaniya o Persii, 1834-1835 (Reminiscences of Persia).

    St Petersburg : 1838

    First and only edition, uncommon, with just six locations world-wide. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front panel of the wraps: "To the Russian Academy, presented by the Author, 17 Nov. 1838". The book was never translated or republished in Russia. The author, Russian writer and journalist Fyodor Korf (1803-1853), describes his service... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 121850

  30. The Bagging of Baghdad.
    BETTS, Ernest. The Bagging of Baghdad.

    London : 1920

    First and only edition. Uncommon, as are all of the Lane's "On Active Service" series, represented in the UK at the six deposit libraries and IWM only. More uncommon still in the pictorial jacket, here a little compromised in condition but largely complete. Consistent with the series' aim of providing lively eyewitness accounts of the recent conflict,... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 121703

  31. Life Line. Abadan Merchant Navy Magazine.
    MIDDLE EAST. Life Line. Abadan Merchant Navy Magazine.

    Abadan : 1943

    First edition of this magazine published by employees of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company to raise money for the Merchant Navy in the midst of the Second World War. The phrasing of the "Editorial Epilogue" and the foreword of A. V. Alexander, First Lord of the Admiralty, suggest that this was a one-off venture to coincide with a "Merchant Navy Week" to... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 121716

  32. The History of the Conquest of Spain by the Moors.
    LUNA, Miguel de. The History of the Conquest of Spain by the Moors.

    London : 1687

    First edition in English of the first part (all published) of Miguel de Luna's Verdadera historia del rey Don Rodrigo (1592-1600), itself purportedly translated from an Arabic source, but in fact an original composition.

    Luna's account of the Arab conquest of Spain to the year 761 was considered genuine by Southey, dismissed by George Ticknor... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 120934

  33. Histoire de la sultane de Perse et des visirs.
    PÉTIS DE LA CROIX, François. Histoire de la sultane de Perse et des visirs.

    Paris : 1707

    First edition of this important collection of oriental tales now known as the Forty Viziers, published three years after Galland's first edition of the Thousand and One Nights, and following its characteristic frame-narrative structure. Notably rare: one copy traced at auction, one in British institutions (SOAS), and six worldwide; bibliographers including... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 120875

  34. Coup d'œil sur les incendies de Constantinople.
    ZENNARO, Silvio. Coup d'œil sur les incendies de Constantinople.

    Constantinople : 1871

    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 his more famous brother, Paolo,... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 120555

  35. Mosul and its Minorities.
    LUKE, Harry Charles. Mosul and its Minorities.

    London : 1925

    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 Muslim notables" (ODNB). Ronald... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 119207

  36. Arabian Interlude.
    SCAIFE, Alan & Sarah. Arabian Interlude.

    Pittsburgh, PA : 1951

    First and only edition, rare: two copies only traced in libraries (Pittsburgh and Utah). The Scaifes travelled to Yemen in February 1950 at the invitation of maverick archaeologist Wendell Phillips, who was leading "the first American archaeological team to excavate the major ancient cities along the spice routes of South Arabia" (Potts, ed. Araby the... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 117863

  37. Exposé de la Religion des Druzes.
    SACY, Antoine Isaac Silvestre de. Exposé de la Religion des Druzes.

    Paris : 1838

    First edition of "one of de Sacy's principal works, the classical treatment of the early history and doctrine of the Druze", which took more than 40 years to complete (Daftary, The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Ismailis, p. 132). "The Druze religion was initially an Isma'ili schismatic movement, organised during the final years of the Fatimid caliph... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 117632

  38. Geschichte der Arabischen Aerzte und Naturforscher.
    WÜSTENFELD, Ferdinand. Geschichte der Arabischen Aerzte und Naturforscher.

    Göttingen : 1840

    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 extracts from three Arabic... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 117640

  39. Observations made on a Tour from Bengal to Persia, in the Years 1786-7.
    FRANCKLIN, William. Observations made on a Tour from Bengal to Persia, in the Years 1786-7.

    London : 1790

    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, Cambridge, before being commissioned... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 117707

  40. A Voyage to Arabia Foelix through the Eastern Ocean and the Streights of the Red-Sea, being the First made by the French in the Years 1708, 1709, and 1710.
    LA ROQUE, Jean de. A Voyage to Arabia Foelix through the Eastern Ocean and the Streights of the Red-Sea, being the First made by the French in the Years 1708, 1709, and 1710.

    London : 1732

    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41, then on to the Levant... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 117611

  41. Specimen historiae Arabum.
    POCOCKE, Edward. Specimen historiae Arabum.

    Oxford : 1806

    Second edition of a work which represented "a revolution in Arabic studies" (ODNB) on first publication in 1650. Pococke (1604-1691) was the first Laudian professor of Arabic at Oxford. In 1631 he travelled to Aleppo as chaplain to the Levant Company, and returned to England five years later with a large collection of Arabic manuscripts which included... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 117625

  42. Letters Historical and Critical, from a Gentleman in Constantinople To his Friend in London.
    CONSTANTINOPLE. Letters Historical and Critical, from a Gentleman in Constantinople To his Friend in London.

    London : 1735

    First edition. The anonymous author was a member of the retinue of George Hay, 8th Earl of Kinnoul, who served as British ambassador to Constantinople from 1729 to 1737. His account of the city, people, religion and rulers of Constantinople was written not long after he arrived, and was sent in two letters to Britain in 1730. Despite being impressed... Learn More
    £3,650.00

    Stock Code: 117450

  43. Calila et Dimna, ou, Fables de Bidpai, en arabe.
    IBN AL-MUQAFFA' (trans.); SACY, Antoine Isaac Sylvestre de (ed.) Calila et Dimna, ou, Fables de Bidpai, en arabe.

    Paris : 1816

    First complete edition in Arabic of this cycle of ancient animal fables, which were first translated into Arabic in the eighth century, and are considered one of the earliest examples of secular prose literature in the language; copies are fairly prevalent in institutional libraries, but rare in commerce, with two appearing at auction in the last 50... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 117493

  44. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.
    SPEKE, John Hanning. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile.

    Edinburgh and London : 1863

    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 by the acclaim greeting Speke's... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 117318

  45. [Arabic title.] Maured Allatafet, seu Rerum Aegyptiacarum annales, ab anno Christi 971, usque ad annum 1453.
    IBN TAGHRIBIRDI, Abu'l-Mahasin Yusuf. [Arabic title.] Maured Allatafet, seu Rerum Aegyptiacarum annales, ab anno Christi 971, usque ad annum 1453.

    Cambridge : 1792

    First edition of this noted history of Egypt from the Fatimid conquest to the mid-15th century. Ibn Taghribirdi (c.1410-1470) was the son of a Mamluk amir and himself a close companion of a son of Sultan Jaqmaq (r. 1438-53); his work is generally critical of the Shi'ite Fatimids and apologetic with regard to the Sunni Mamluks, though together with his... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 116745

  46. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.
    FORSTER, E. M. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.

    Alexandria : 1922

    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 source for the period, and describes... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 112539

  47. Three Tracts on the Syntax and Pronunciation of the Hebrew Tongue;
    SHARP, Granville. Three Tracts on the Syntax and Pronunciation of the Hebrew Tongue;

    London : 1804

    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 Hebrew at Cambridge, lauded Sharp... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 111956

  48. Türkische Miniaturen.
    FEHER, Géza. Türkische Miniaturen.

    Wiesbaden : 1978

    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
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 110800

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

    Oxford : 1933

    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 in Department of Antiquities.... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 110826

  50. Miniature Painting in Ottoman Baghdad.
    MILSTEIN, Rachel. Miniature Painting in Ottoman Baghdad.

    Costa Mesa, CA : 1990

    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
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 110842

  51. Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.
    GIRARDOT, Alexandre Antoine. Two albums compiled from an artist's sketchbooks recording nearly 40 years of life in Algeria.

    Algeria : 1830-67

    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 and other "oriental" subjects.... Learn More
    £95,000.00

    Stock Code: 110595

  52. Chronique d'Abou Djafar Mohammed Tabari, fils de Djarir, fils d'Yezid;
    TABARI, Muhammad ibn Jarir al-. Chronique d'Abou Djafar Mohammed Tabari, fils de Djarir, fils d'Yezid;

    Paris : 1836

    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 Guest (née Schreiber,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 110201

  53. Coastal Makran.
    HARRISON, John Vernon. Coastal Makran.

    London : 1941

    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 and Central America before... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 109460

  54. History of the Arabs and their Literature
    VAN DYCK, Edward A. History of the Arabs and their Literature

    Ljubljana : 1894

    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 who served as consular... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 108183

  55. Descrizione della Palestina.
    FERRARIO, Giulio. Descrizione della Palestina.

    Milan : 1831

    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 and just three seen at auction... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 107964

  56. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
    LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.

    London : 1915

    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. The Negev was ruled by the Ottoman... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 103359

  57. Marine Atlas.
    LOUGHLAND, Ronald A., & Khaled A. Al-Abdulkader. Marine Atlas.

    Dhahran, Saudi Arabia : 2011

    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; also included is an in-depth... Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 102570

  58. A history of the revolt of Ali Bey, against the Ottoman Porte,
    LUSIGNAN, Sauveur. A history of the revolt of Ali Bey, against the Ottoman Porte,

    London : 1783

    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, Abu al-Dhahab, which led to... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 100899

  59. Grammatica linguae persicae.
    DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz von. Grammatica linguae persicae.

    Vienna : 1804

    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
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 100510

  60. Geschichte des Levantehandels im Mittelalter.
    HEYD, Wilhelm. Geschichte des Levantehandels im Mittelalter.

    Stuttgart : 1879

    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 dynasty, who ruled from Cairo... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 100580

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