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KATIP ÇELEBI; HERBELOT, Barthelémy d'. Bibliothèque orientale.
The Hague : 1777-9.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
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
SUYUTI, Jalal al-Din al-. History of the Caliphs.
Calcutta : 1880-1First 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
MARIGNY, François Augier de. The History of the Arabians,
London : 1758First English edition, originally published at Paris in 1750, decidedly uncommon and presented here in an attractive period binding. This is an important history, covering the period from the foundation of Islam down to the death of the last Abbasid caliph Al-Musta'sim (reigned 1242-1258), executed following the Mongol sack of Baghdad.
The Abbé... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144269
DE GAURY, Gerald, & H. V. F. Winstone, (eds). The Road to Kabul.
London : 1981Superb 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
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
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 - 86Fascinating 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
BONAR, Horatius. The Desert of Sinai: Notes on a Spring-Journey from Cairo to Beersheba.
London : 1857First edition. This is an engaging account written in journal form of an expedition around the Sinai Peninula in 1856. Contemporary reviews were highly favourable: "it may serve as a model of the style in which works of this kind ought to be written" (The Eclectic Review); "Dr Bonar seems to excel equally in accuracy of observation, and in cordial appreciation... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 140933
LAYARD, Austen H. Discoveries in the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon;
London : 1853First edition, in the original decorated cloth, surely one of the most attractive publisher's bindings of the 19th century.
Layard's important second British Museum expedition "yielded further important trophies and discoveries, including the cuneiform library of Sennacherib's grandson Ashurbanipal, on which most modern knowledge of Assyrian... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145108
DE JONG, Everdene. Spoken Arabic of the Arabian Gulf.
Beirut : 1958First and sole edition of this decidedly uncommon grammar, one of the first guides to Arabic as spoken in the Arabian Gulf, "a still valuable text" (Scudder, p. 349); this copy with an excellent provenance, from the library of Warren C. Benedict, linguist with the US Foreign Service Institute, who joined the department in 1958 and in 1960 was "assigned... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131259
LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
London : 1915First 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
LAWRENCE, T. E., & C. Leonard Woolley. Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
London : 1915First edition, first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February 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 Empire, and the survey... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 108832
WILDE, William Robert Wills. Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the Shores of the Mediterranean,
Dublin : 1852Although 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
MONEY, Edward. Twelve Months with the Bashi-Bazouks.
London : 1857First 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
LAWRENCE, T. E. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
Cairo : 1919First 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
SIMONDS, Richard Hugh Napier. Two personal photograph albums of the Western Desert and Italian Campaigns.
North Africa and Italy : 1940-43An 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
MARIANA, Juan de. The General History of Spain.
London : 1699First 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
PERTSCH, Wilhelm. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.
Gotha : 1878-92First 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
CONDÉ, J. A. History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.
London : 1854-5First 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
RICHARDSON, John. A Grammar of the Arabick Language.
London : 1776First 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
CHURCHILL, Charles Henry, Colonel. The Druzes and the Maronites under Turkish Rule from 1840 to 1860.
London : 1862First 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
HUNTER, F. M. An Account of the British Settlement of Aden in Arabia.
London : 1877First and only edition of this important monograph, the rare "presentation issue" with the superb photographic plates; commercial records show two copies only, one with Maggs (1954, catalogue no. 824) and another through Sotheby's (1999). Inscribed on the half-title by the recipient "E. V. Stace a kind present from the Author", his signature repeated... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 144018
LUNA, Miguel de. The History of the Conquest of Spain by the Moors.
London : 1687First 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
BROWNE, William George. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria, from the Year 1792 to 1798.
London : 1806Second 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
NAPIER, Edward. Reminiscences of Syria, and the Holy Land.
London : 1847Second edition of this important eyewitness account of the Second Egyptian-Ottoman War (1839-41), originally published in 1843, "a mixture of historical information, anecdotes of travel, and a description of the campaign" (Blackmer). Uncommon, with one copy only in UK libraries (Manchester).
"When the British fleet was engaged on the coast of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139012
CAPPER, James. Observations on the Passage to India through Egypt,
London : 1783First 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
LAWRENCE, T. E. (trans.); HOMER. The Odyssey of Homer.
London : 1932First and limited edition of Lawrence's translation, one of 530 copies, a compelling presentation copy, inscribed by Lawrence to his close friend and former colleague George Lloyd: "G.L. from T.E.S, 1933". Lawrence was signally reluctant to sign this book - his name appears nowhere in print in its pages - and association copies of any description are... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 142978
HARDING, Rev. Henry Gladstone The Bedouin Arabs.
London : 1925Second 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
STARK, Freya et al. The Cornhill Magazine.
London : 1945First Edition. A copy of the magazine from Freya Stark's personal library, containing an article by her entitled "Moving Pictures in Arabia". Illustrated by two pictures of Yemen, Stark tells an amusing account of her attempts to screen films with a travelling cinema in Yemen. She is particularly interested to note how Yemeni women reacted to this technology,... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 127634
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
ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.
London : 1842-5First 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
BYRON, Robert. The Road to Oxiana.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian at University College, London... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 79960
OLUFSEN, Ole. The Emir of Bokhara and his Country.
Copenhagen : 1911First 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
ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia.
London : 1842-9First 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
FRASER, James. The History of Nadir Shah, formerly called Thamas Kuli Khan, the Present Emperor of Persia.
London : 1742Second 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
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 : 1732Second 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
PARSONS, Abraham. Travels in Asia and Africa; including a Journey from Scanderoon to Aleppo, and over the desert to Bagdad and Bussora;
London : 1808First 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
WILLIAMS, Robert. Jerusalem: The City of Many Sieges.
Alexandria : 1918First 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
TIBRIZI, Abu Zakariya' Yahya ibn 'Ali al-Khatib al-. A Commentary on Ten Arabic Poems.
Calcutta : 1894First 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
WINKLER, Hans A. Rock-Drawings of Southern Upper Egypt II.
London : 1939First 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
MAYER, Leo Aryeh. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
Oxford : 1933First 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
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
DU CAMP, Maxime. Égypte, Nubie, Palestine et Syrie:
Paris : 1852Extremely rare first edition complete, illustrated with 125 salt prints from wet paper negatives mounted one to a page. Du Camp's monumental work was the first archaeological survey to be extensively illustrated with photographs.
A young man of independent means, Du Camp took up photography in 1849 in preparation for his second journey to North... Learn More£300,000.00
Stock Code: 124632
THOUMIN, Richard. L'Asie Occidentale.
Damascus : 1928First 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
WEIL, Gustav. Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
Mannheim : 1846-51First 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
BACCANTI, Alberto. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.
Casalmaggiore : 1791First 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
DAPPER, Olfert. Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie:
Amsterdam : 1680First 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
GOEJE, Michael Jan de. Mémoire sur les Carmathes du Bahraïn et les Fatimides.
Leiden : 1886Second 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
AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
Cairo : 1939First 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
TABARI, Muhammad ibn Jarir al-. Chronique d'Abou Djafar Mohammed Tabari, fils de Djarir, fils d'Yezid;
Paris : 1836First 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
SACY, Antoine Isaac Silvestre de. Exposé de la Religion des Druzes.
Paris : 1838First 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
VINCENT, William (ed.) Voyage de Nearque, des bouches de l'Indus jusqu'a l'Euphrate,
Paris : 1800First edition in French of Vincent's important commentary on Nearchus's voyage from the Indus estuary to the Tigris in 325 BC, as recorded by Arrian of Nicomedia, originally published at London in 1797. The expedition, ordered by Alexander the Great, marked the Greek "discovery of the Persian Gulf (called the Red Sea by Nearchus)" (Retsö, p. 267),... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139117
ERPENIUS, Thomas. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica
Leiden : 1617 & 1637First 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
MAYER, Leo Aryeh. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
Oxford : 1933First 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
MAYER, Leo Aryeh. Saracenic Heraldry. A Survey.
Oxford : 1933First 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
SERJEANT, R. B., & Ronald Lewcock (eds.) San'â': An Arabian Islamic City.
London : 1983First edition, number 1,911 of 2,000 copies only. The work of a team of internationally respected experts in a wide range of disciplines, this is a case-study of major scholastic importance in which the society - along with the complex religious, legal and mercantile setting - long history, crafts, arts, and religious and vernacular architecture of... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 136295
STRABO. De situ orbis.
Venice : 1516Editio 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
IBN TAGHRIBIRDI, Abu'l-Mahasin Yusuf. [Arabic title.] Maured Allatafet, seu Rerum Aegyptiacarum annales, ab anno Christi 971, usque ad annum 1453.
Cambridge : 1792First 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
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
RHOTERT, Hans, ed. Transjordanien. Vorgeschichtliche Forschungen.
Stuttgart : 1938First 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