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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to history, travel, culture and exploration in the Middle East, that is, modern Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar.

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  1. Changed.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Scarce. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 92305

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  2. Die Arabischen Handschriften der Herzoglichen Bibliothek Zu Gotha.
    First editions, uncommon, OCLC shows perhaps fewer than 20 sets completing worldwide, COPAC lists just 2, SOAS and Glasgow, the Oxford set lacking the much later fifth volume, no other copies traced at auction. A catalogue of the extraordinary collection of Arabic manuscripts at Ducal library at Gotha. The majority of the... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 94282

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  3. The Voyage of Nearchus from the Indus to the Euphrates, collected from the Original Journal Preserved by Arrian, and Illustrated by Authorities Ancient and Modern;
    First edition. English translation of Arrian's account of the navarch Nearchus' voyage from the Indus estuary to the Tigris in 325 B.C., in effect the Greek "discovery" of the Arabian Peninsula. "My purpose was not to translate Arrian, but to make him intelligible to an English reader, and to investigate a variety of subjects,... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 93992

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  4. Les Voyages de Jean Struys,
    First edition in French first published in Amsterdam in 1676, before becoming a Europe-wide best-seller. Purporting to be an account of the travels of a Dutch sail-maker and seaman, the truth of these adventures has been challenged in the past. However, it is now widely accepted that although replete with plagiarised text... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 94082

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  5. Aden - a Coaling Station in the Red Sea, 16.9.57.
    Greene (1826-1892), served with the Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of Major-General. This striking and characteristic view was taken during his voyage out to India to take part in the Indian Mutiny, services recorded in his Views in India, from Drawings taken during the Seapoy Mutiny, published 1859. Provenance: Sir... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 98689

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  6. A map of Paradise, Mount Ararat and the city of Babel.
    A pleasant map of the Middle East. Learn More
    £195

    Stock Code: 78974

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  7. Asia Minor Antiqua
    Detailed map of Asia Minor. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 74329

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  8. Syriae sive Soriae descriptio.
    A pleasant map covering the ancient region of Syria. Rivers, hills, mountains, towns and cities all highlighted. Map title is draped over an Elephant in the lower right corner. Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 75154

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  9. Plan du Port d'Assemkalasi.
    Plan of the port of Assemkalasi, Smyrna (modern Iznir, Turkey). In 1776 Choiseul-Gouffier and the artist J.B. Hilaire joined a cartographic survey of the Mediterranean. Volume I of Voyage Pittoresque, his account of their tour of the Greek islands, the coast of Asia Minor, and of his travels on the mainland, was immediately... Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 78738

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  10. Alexandria: A History and A Guide.
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (18501936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 112539

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  11. Seen in the Hadhramaut.
    First edition, first impression, the presumed first issue binding. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 112511

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  12. Researches in Sinai.
    First edition. "Petrie's greatest contribution to the study of Egypt's history was the revelation of its earliest phases. When he first began to dig, textbooks began with the pyramid builders Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 112194

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  13. Twelve Days.

    Twelve Days.

    The Hogarth Press: 1928

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 111407

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  14. The Turkish History,
    First published in the present form in 1687. A pretty copy of this attractive and uncommon abridgement of this classic, Knolles' "the greatest of English works of the Renaissance dealing with Turkey" (Chew, p.111), and Rycaut's work a "fitting adjunct to Knolles' great work in a publication that brings together the two... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 112669

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  15. Nicoll's Birds of Egypt.
    First edition, first impression. Michael Nicoll was assistant director of the Zoological Gardens at Giza from 1906 until his retirement in 1924. When posted to Cairo as chief intelligence officer to the Egyptian expeditionary force, Meinertzhagen sought Nicoll out and the pair became friends. Nicoll died in 1925 and Meinertzhagen,... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112553

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  16. Oriental Miniatures.
    First one-volume edition, from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated Tehran, 16 August 1967 to the front free endpaper, and his Persian ink-stamp to the pastedowns as usual. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 110838

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  17. Sand and Sea in Arabia.
    First edition, first impression of Lewis's second book, a photo-essay which originated from a partly failed spying mission when Lewis was asked by the British Foreign Office to photograph Yemen. Although Lewis and his two travelling companions were denied entry to the country at the port of Hodeida they somehow managed to... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 112345

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  18. Across the Sahara from Tripoli to Bornu.
    First edition of this important account by the Swiss-born missionary, colonial administrator and explorer Sir Hanns Vischer (18761945). "Disembarking at Tripoli he joined a caravan of forty men and women, many of them freed slaves who had attached themselves to the caravan for protection, with forty camels and two horses.... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 112165

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  19. Trojanische Alterthümer.
    First edition. Schliemann's identification of Hisarlik in north-west Anatolia as the site of Homeric Troy is still considered today "the greatest of all archaeological finds" (PMM). His methods, which involved the destructive use of dynamite, were widely criticised by later scholars, but at the time his account of his discovery... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112133

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  20. Three Tracts on the Syntax and Pronunciation of the Hebrew Tongue;
    First and only edition. Sharp (17351813) is best remembered as one of the first abolitionists, through whose efforts "the anti-slavery movement gained public attention and sympathy and transformed itself from a benign climate of opinion to a highly organized campaign" (ODNB); Thomas Clarkson identified him as the founder... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 111956

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