The Arab.Philadelphia, James Challen & Sons, 1859 Stock Code: 141560
NotesRare early edition apparently unrecorded, the third overall, following the first of 1847, issued under the title The Arab and His Country (Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union) and under this title in 1857 (by Challen). All early iterations are very scarce. This is an attractive little guide in seven chapters, describing the flora and fauna, principal sites (Muscat, Bediah (Bidiyah), Mecca, Medina, Petra), the "Splendor of Bagdad", literature and science, language, and Wahhabism. Chapter VI is given over to the Bedouin, their "physical character", manners and customs, dress, hospitality (quoting on this the contemporary American missionary Eli Smith), "their love of music", and more.
Duodecimo. Original purplish morocco-grain cloth, spine gilt lettered within an ornamental cartouche, blind fillet border to sides enclosing a blind mauresque stamp, primrose yellow endpapers.
Wood-engraved frontispiece view of Petra, letterpress printed with paired rule borders.
Neat contemporary presentation inscription to front free endpaper, spine sunned, a little wear to extremities, very slight burn mark to title page, some pale foxing. A very good copy, with the publisher's single leaf of advertisements at the end.
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