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. Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie:
    DAPPER, Olfert. Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie:

    Amsterdam : 1680

    First edition of Dapper's Asia Minor and Mesopotamia; a German edition followed in 1681. In common with contemporaries such as John Ogilby, the Dutch physician Olfert Dapper (1639-1689) never travelled to visit the lands he wrote about, instead compiling extant translations and other eye-witness accounts to produce lavish and encyclopaedic books for... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 100075

  2. Rock-Drawings of Southern Upper Egypt II.
    WINKLER, Hans A. Rock-Drawings of Southern Upper Egypt II.

    London : 1939

    First edition. A handsomely produced survey of sites found on the west bank of the Nile from Qena to Aswan, Jebel Uweinat and the road leading from the Nile Valley to Dakhla through the Kharga Oasis; volume I related the previous season's expedition, to the Eastern desert. "The recognition of Egyptian rock art as something that could be closely linked... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 99991

  3. Travels in Asia and Africa; including a Journey from Scanderoon to Aleppo, and over the desert to Bagdad and Bussora;
    PARSONS, Abraham. Travels in Asia and Africa; including a Journey from Scanderoon to Aleppo, and over the desert to Bagdad and Bussora;

    London : 1808

    First edition. Little is known of Parson's origins, he was probably born in Bristol, the son of a merchant captain. "In early life he visited many countries in command of merchant vessels, an occupation that suited a man 'naturally fond of novelty, and remarkably inquisitive'" (ODNB). He unsuccessfully tried to establish himself as a merchant in Bristol,... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 99192

  4. My Journey to Medinah:
    KEANE, John Fryer. My Journey to Medinah:

    London : 1881

    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 China, and to have worked on... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 98733

  5. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.
    ATTAR, Maher. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.

    Beirut : 2006

    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 revival of one of the most... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 98886

  6. The Paradise of Fools.
    MASON, Michael. The Paradise of Fools.

    London : 1936

    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 via Abu Ballas, making the first... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 98888

  7. The Paradise of Fools.
    MASON, Michael. The Paradise of Fools.

    London : 1936

    First edition of this lively and uncommon account of an expedition described in Fliegel Jezerniczky's on-line Libyan Desert bibliography as "an extraordinary journey", during 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 via Abu Ballas, making... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 98893

  8. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.
    ATTAR, Maher. Souk Waqif - Once upon a Time.

    Beirut : 2006

    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 of one of the most important... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 97440

  9. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the Year 1792 to 1798.
    BROWNE, William George. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the Year 1792 to 1798.

    London : 1806

    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 and was the first Englishman... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 97302

  10. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.
    DOMBAY, Franz Lorenz von. Grammatica Linguae Mauro-Arabicae juxta vernaculi idiomatic usum. Accessit vocabularium latino-mauro-arabicum.

    Vienna : 1800

    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, subsequently serving in... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 96768

  11. History of the Afghans:
    NIMATULLAH; DORN, Johannes Albrecht Bernhard (trans.) History of the Afghans:

    London : 1829-36

    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 the first systematic... Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 96543

  12. Filibusters in Barbary.
    LEWIS, Wyndham. Filibusters in Barbary.

    New York : 1932

    First US edition, first printing. One of 1,000 copies printed; originally published in the UK in the same month. An account of the author's trip through Morocco. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 95686

  13. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
    CONDÉ, J. A. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.

    London : 1854-55

    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 from 711 to 1492, and a framework... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 95147

  14. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;
    AINSWORTH, William Francis. Researches in Assyria, Babylonia, and Chaldea;

    London : 1838

    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, long before Chesney's own account... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95148

  15. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.
    PERTSCH, Wilhelm. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.

    Gotha : 1878-92

    First editions. Uncommon in complete state, WorldCat shows perhaps fewer than 20 sets completing worldwide; Library Hub 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 at the ducal... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 94282

  16. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
    WEIL, Gustav. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.

    Mannheim : 1846-51

    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 that he had little taste... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 94297

  17. The General History of Spain.
    MARIANA, Juan de. The General History of Spain.

    London : 1699

    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 Spanish Political Thought,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 93999

  18. Les Voyages de Jean Struys,
    STRUYS, Jan Janszoon, Les Voyages de Jean Struys,

    Amsterdam : 1681

    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 and improbable events the... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 94082

  19. Analecta Arabica.
    ROSENMÜLLER, Ernst Friedrich. Analecta Arabica.

    Leipzig : 1825-28

    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 codicibus", which presents... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 92362

  20. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.
    RHOTERT, Hans, ed. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.

    Stuttgart : 1938

    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 Libya includes the first scientific... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 92497

  21. Dizionario Storico degli Autori Arabi piu Celebri e delle Principali Loro Opere.
    ROSSI, Giambernardo de. Dizionario Storico degli Autori Arabi piu Celebri e delle Principali Loro Opere.

    Parma : 1807

    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 the market. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 91495

  22. Observations on the Passage to India through Egypt,
    CAPPER, James. Observations on the Passage to India through Egypt,

    London : 1783

    First edition. Capper was educated at Harrow and joined the army of the East India Company "in His Majesty's Train of Artillery in the East Indies, First as a soldier cadet and later as an officer. He was then for a while a free merchant in Bengal before becoming in 1768 a captain in the Madras army and in 1769 senior writer for the presidency of Bengal... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 88377

  23. Großmufti - Großagent der Achse.
    WIESENTHAL, Simon. Großmufti - Großagent der Achse.

    Salzburg-Wien : 1947

    First edition. The famous Nazi-hunter's exposé of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the controversial Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 84343

  24. Letters from T. E. Shaw to Bruce Rogers;
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Letters from T. E. Shaw to Bruce Rogers;

    Mount Vernon, NY : 1933-36

    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; the second set and printed by... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 74490

  25. 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, and it was 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... Learn More
    £175,000.00

    Stock Code: 67119

  26. Sheba's Daughters.
    PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. Sheba's Daughters.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, 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 West Africa supporting himself... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 59530

  27. Sinai and Palestine.
    FRITH, Francis. Sinai and Palestine.

    London : [1863]

    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 the parts were available... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 59138

  28. Alliance Israélite Universelle - Une Mission de l'Alliance au Yémen.
    SÉMACH, Yomtob. Alliance Israélite Universelle - Une Mission de l'Alliance au Yémen.

    Paris : [1910]

    First edition thus. Scarce, one copy only on WorldCat, at Harvard. Extracted from the Bulletin de l'Alliance Israélite Universelle, paginated pp. 48-162, this copy has the MS notation "Edition corrigée" to the front wrapper. Based in Paris, the Alliance, the first international Jewish organization, advocated the emancipation of the Jewish population... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 43623

  29. The Government of Egypt.
    FORSTER, E. M. The Government of Egypt.

    London : [1920]

    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 generally not under conditions... Learn More
    £320.00

    Stock Code: 21613

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