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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
DE MARIGNY, François Augier. 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
KELLY, John Barrett. Britain and the Persian Gulf, 1795-1880.
Oxford : 1968First edition. The book that established Kelly as "the leading academic authority on the history of the region" (Telegraph obituary), and which remains authoritative. The impact of this work ensured that Kelly was to have considerable influence on Western policy in respect to the Arab states, "first over British strategy in the Arabian peninsula in... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 143765
MUSIL, Alois. Map of Northern Arabia; [with:] Map of the Northern Heğâz.
New York : 1926Exceptionally unusual opportunity to acquire these two important and highly detailed maps, based on the work of the celebrated Moravian Arabist Alois Musil (1868-1944), known as "the Czech Lawrence of Arabia" and described by Howgego as "a leading scholar of Arabic culture".
From a humble background, Musil trained for the church, was ordained... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141566
PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. The Heart of Arabia:
1922First edition of Philby's first substantial work, an account of his mission, begun in November 1917, to Ibn Sa'ud, ruler of the Nejd in central Arabia, who greatly impressed him. Philby completed his crossing of Arabia by continuing by camel to Jiddah on the Red Sea. There he met the Hashemite ruler of Hejaz, the Sharif Husain, leader of the Arab revolt,... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 136204
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
BURNES, Alexander. Central Asia comprising Bokhara, Cabool, Persia, the River Indus, & Countries Eastward of it.
London : 1834Important, highly detailed map of Central Asia "constructed from numerous authentic documents but principally from the original MS. surveys of Lieut. Alex. Burnes", and showing Burnes's route across Asia, intended to accompany, and cash in on, his Travels into Bokhara, which, rather rushed out, was not provided with a map. Burnes had sailed to Bombay... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 129689
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
ARABIAN NIGHTS; BURTON, Richard F. (trans.) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
London : 1897The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights in English, Burton's was... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131161
MOHAMMED ALI TEWFIK, HRH Prince. Breeding of Pure Bred Arab Horses.
Cairo : 1935-36 and 1948First editions. Superbly provenanced pairing of these rare and important monographs: the first work presented by the author, Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, to Brigadier Sir Eugene Gorman at the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Race Meeting at Gaza in 1940, in turn presented by him to his son Pierre in 1944; with Sir Eugene's lengthy explanatory inscription... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141617
RABADAN, Muhammad. Mahometism Fully Explained.
London : 1723-5First ever English language edition of a biography of the Prophet written by a Muslim, presenting for the first time to a European readership a sympathetic view of Muhammad himself, and of the culture of Islam. Well represented institutionally, we can trace only two complete copies at auction.
English translation of a biography of the Prophet... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 141305
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
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
PEAKE, Frederick Gerard, El Fariq. A History of Trans-Jordan and its Tribes.
Amman : 1934First edition, extremely uncommon, just eight locations on WorldCat, no copy in BL, just two copies traced at auction. Major-General Frederick G. Peake, CMG, CBE (1886-1970), known as Peake Pasha, was a British Army and police officer, and founder and commandant of the Arab Legion Trans-Jordan. He fought alongside T.E. Lawrence in the First World War,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 127455
BEGUIN BILLECOCQ, Xavier. Un Vaisseau Français a Bahreïn 1842. Une Première Diplomatique.
Paris : 2001First edition, one of 300 copies. An attractively produced work presenting extracts from the log kept by Commander Théogène François Page and describing the first diplomatic mission to Bahrain (1841-44), including the visit to Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed al Khalifa in February 1842.
It comprises numerous sketches from the visit, maps, royal... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141676
VILLIERS, Alan. Sons of Sinbad.
New York : 1940Villiers's working copy of the first US edition, first printing, extensively marked up towards the revised edition of 1969 (a copy of which is included here), and inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: "Edited copy - property of Alan Villiers". Of his 40-odd books, this is probably the most desirable, which does very much what is suggested by... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 146241
LAWRENCE, T. E. Handbook of Hejaz.
Cairo : 1917An excellently provenanced copy of this scarce and important Arab Bureau intelligence manual produced for the Arab Revolt. This second edition expanded considerably on the first of 1916 compiled by Lawrence's mentor D. G. Hogarth, the revision including material from Lawrence himself. Classified secret, the print-run was just 200 and far fewer are... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 142623
JEDDAH. Documentation of Nasif [sic] House.
Jeddah & Riyadh : 1980-1A superb, apparently unique visual record of Jeddah's landmark Bayt Nasseef before its early 1980s restoration. In 1975 the Saudi government purchased the house, designating it a historic landmark, and initially employing it as a library. After restoration it has become a cultural centre, used for exhibitions and events. We can trace no other copy of... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144736