City of the Sun God.Baghad: Directorate General of Antiquities, 1974 Stock Code: 126996
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 at Hatra from 1951 onwards, Fuad Safar, who later served as inspector general for the Iraqi department of antiquities, and Muhammad Ali Mustafa, it is well represented institutionally but scarce in commerce.
Quarto. Original red boards, title to spine in Arabic and to front board in English in white, text in Arabic. With the dust jacket, printed in English and Arabic.
Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white.
Bookplate of Mahmud Ali Ghul, professor of Arabic and Semitic Languages, American University of Beirut. Contents faintly toned, a near-fine copy in the bright dust jacket, spine slightly marked, extremities a little rubbed, spine ends and tips slightly chipped, short closed tear to head of rear panel.
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