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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to history, travel, culture and exploration in the Middle East, that is, modern Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar.

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  1. Notes on the Last Kings of Saba.
    PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. Notes on the Last Kings of Saba.

    Louvain : 1950

    Offprint of an article from Le Muséon (LXIII, 3-4, 1950). Scarce. This copy inscribed on the front panel of the wraps, "American Embassy Jidda with the compliments of H St J Philby 28/2/51". A contribution to the controversy concerning the chronology of ancient South Arabia.

    "This note is written with special reference to two important monographs... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 148802

  2. Percement de l'Isthme de Suez.
    DE LESSEPS, Ferdinand. Percement de l'Isthme de Suez.

    1855

    First Edition, presentation copy, inscribed "de la part de l'auteur" on the upper wrapper. In 1832, while quarantined on his voyage to Alexandria to take up the post of vice-consul, de Lesseps passed the time by reading a copy of Lepère's report to Napoleon on the practicability of a canal connecting the Mediterranean with the Red Sea. Having befriended... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 148711

  3. Documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna.
    MEHMED EMIN ÂLI PAÇA; OTTOMAN RAILWAYS. Documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna.

    Turkey : 1874-86

    Fascinating group of documents relating to Baron Maurice de Hirsch's concessions to build and operate the Ottoman Empire's railway lines from Constantinople to Vienna, dating to the time the agreements were revised (1872) to when he was seeking to extricate himself (1887):

    1. Covering letter to the annotated Actes 1874 document addressed to... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 141678

  4. 148288comp
    HERZOG, Chaim. The War of Atonement.

    Boston : 1975

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For William Safire, in appreciation. Chaim Herzog".

    William Safire (1929-2009) was a long-time political columnist for The New York Times, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He became friends with Herzog, and hosted him for dinners in New York.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148288

  5. The Druzes and the Maronites under Turkish Rule from 1840 to 1860.
    CHURCHILL, Charles Henry, Colonel. The Druzes and the Maronites under Turkish Rule from 1840 to 1860.

    London : 1862

    First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on front free endpaper verso, "To the Right Honble the Earl of Carnarvon, from the Author". The recipient, Henry Herbert, fourth earl of Carnarvon (1831-1890), politician, was twice Secretary of State for the Colonies. During the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878) Carnarvon "supported a policy of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 139024

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

    London : 1936

    Signed limited edition, number 9 of 12 copies printed for Liddell Hart and signed by him and Ronald Storrs (from a total edition of 128), additionally inscribed by Liddell Hart to his father-in-law opposite the limitation page: "It has been given by him, as a token of long and intimate friendship, to J. J. Stone, BH Liddell Hart".

    Lieutenant... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 145709

  7. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
    LAWRENCE, T. E. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force

    Cairo : 1919

    First edition, first impression, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth, scarce in this state. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Corporal E. W. Grater on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel Harry... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 108776

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

    London : 1927

    First edition, third impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 116543

  9. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.
    NASSER, Gamal Abdel. Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.

    April 1956

    Typed letter signed from Gamal Abdel Nasser, as Prime Minister of Egypt. Nasser writes in response to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), chairman of the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the anti-imperialist Canadian Peace Congress. Gardner had written to Nasser sending his well wishes on the anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141392

  10. Desert, Marsh and Mountain.
    THESIGER, Wilfred. Desert, Marsh and Mountain.

    Dubai : 1993

    Signed limited edition, number 70 of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, of the 1993 re-issue, with new foreword, of a title first published in 1979.

    "This book has always been a personal favourite, capturing as it does my affinity with the nomadic way of life I am delighted that after a considerable time out of print... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145348

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. [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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  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. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

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