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KHAN, Gazanfar Ali, & Wilfrid Sparroy.

With the Pilgrims to Mecca. The Great Pilgrimage of a.h. 1319; a.d. 1902.

With an Introduction by Professor A. Vambery

London: John Lane, 1905 Stock Code: 143000
£1,500.00
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First edition of this uncommon and attractive account of the hajj. "The early 20th century saw a growth of British travel texts and religious commentaries concerned with the religion of Arabia. It was in this vein that in 1902 the Morning Post sent its 'Special Correspondent' Hadji Khan, a Persian Sufi, on the hajj to Mecca. His experiences were written up under the guidance of Wilfrid Sparroy. The result was a travelogue that detailed the various components of the hajj and Meccan life for a British readership The narrative is precise and exact as though for an audience who may wish to use the information to find their way amongst the markets of Mecca the next time they visit. Of course few, if any, of the readership will ever visit Mecca An inspection of Arabia which defines that other world by carefully recording the minutiae of Mecca and the hajj, the text providing the British reader with a spyglass scrutiny of Arab religious life and customs a curious concoction of personal experiences of a Muslim on the hajj distilled by an English co-author" (Canton, From Cairo to Baghdad: British Travellers in Arabia, p. 28).

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, title gilt to spine with turban and crossed scimitar devices to compartments and to front board within a panel formed of a Qu'ranic amulet and cord in red, gilt, and green, top edge gilt, the others uncut.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and 19 other plates, errata slip tipped in before the dedication leaf.

Condition

Contemporary ownership inscription to front pastedown, bookseller's ticket to rear pastedown. Small split to cloth at head of spine, ends and extremities a little worn, binding square and firm, minor blemishes to cloth but internally clean; a very good copy.

Bibliography

Macro 1354.

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