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With attractive maps of the Holy Land

ADRICHEM, Christiaan van. Theatrum Terrae Sanctae et biblicarum historiarum cum tabulis geographicis aere expressis.
[Cologne, Officina Birckmannica, for Hermann Mylius, 1628]. Folio. With engraved allegorical title-page, numerous decorated woodcut initial letters and tailpieces, 11 maps of Israel and 1 map of Jerusalem (8 folding and 4 double-page). Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine with red morocco title-label, blind-tooled sides, gilt binding edges. [12], 286, [30] pp. Full description
€ 10,000
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Printed by the first director of the Imprimerie Royale, with notes in Arabic and Syriac type

AL-SUYUTI, Abd al-Rahman ibn Abi Bakr. De proprietatibus, ac virtutibus medicis animalium, plantarum, ac gemmarum, tractatus triplex.
Paris, Sébastien et Gabriel Cramoisy, 1647. 8vo. With 2 woodcut headpieces, a woodcut tailpiece and woodcut decorate initials, plus decorations built up from arabesque typographic ornaments. Set in roman and italic type with a few words in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and Syriac. Contemporary vellum with manuscript spine label (faded). [24], 179, [17] pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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Large paper copy of the beautifully illustrated first edition of De Bruyn’s travels to the Levant

BRUYN (LE BRUN), Cornelis de. Reizen van Cornelis de Bruyn, door de vermaardste deelen van Klein Asia, de eylanden Scio, Rhodus, Cyprus, Metelino, Stanchio, &c. Mitsgaders de voornaamste steden van Aegypten, Syrien en Palestina.
Delft, printed by Hendrik van Kroonevelt [engravings printed by Petrus Schenk and Gerard Valck?], 1698. Large folio (39.5x26 cm). With engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait, large engraved folding map of the Mediterranean Sea, 103 engraved plates (many double-page and folding) and 18 engravings in text. 18th-century, gold-tooled, tanned goatskin; rebacked, with original backstrip laid down and modern endpapers. [20], 398, [8] pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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On Bedouin tribes, with a map and pictures

CARRUTHERS, Alexander Douglas Mitchell. A journey in North-Western Arabia.
[London, W. Clowes], March 1910. 4to. With 12 black and white photographs made during the journey and a folding chromolithographed map of North-West Arabia (27x30.5 cm). Modern blue wrappers. [32] (numbered 225-248) pp. Full description
€ 750
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British interpretership examination for Arabic

[GREAT BRITAIN - ARABIC]. Civil service commission pamphlet containing the question papers of the preliminary and interpretership tests in Arabic used at an examination held in June 1936 of the officers of the Royal Air Force. Crown copyright reserved.
London, printed and published at Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1936. Folio. Printed in English and Arabic. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers, in later blue paper wrappers. 10 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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British interpretership examination for Arabic

[GREAT BRITAIN - ARABIC]. Civil service commission pamphlet containing the question papers of the preliminary and interpretership tests in Arabic used at an examination held in June 1938 of officers of the Army and Air Force. Crown copyright reserved.
London, printed and published at Her Majesty's Stationary Office, 1938. Folio. Printed in English and Arabic. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers, in later blue paper wrappers. 10 pp. Full description
€ 475
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Rare album with magnificent lithographed views of an untouched Northeast Algeria (Constantine),
shortly after the French occupation

GUYON, Jean Louis Geneviève. Voyage dAlger aux Ziban lAncienne Zebe en 1847. Avec vues des principales Oasis et de quelques Monuments du Tell, en deça des Aurès, et un portrait du dernier Bey de Constantine. Atlas.
Algeria, Imprimerie du Gouvernement, 1850. Oblong 4to. With full-page portrait of Hadj Hamed (or Ahmet Bey ben Mohammed sherif, the last Bey of Constantine; 1784-ca. 1850), leader of the local population in a fierce resistance to the French occupation forces, by Etienne Bocourt, lithographed by Bouijer; 34 full-page views of various parts, cities and Roman remains in Algeria (Constantine), by Aristide Verdalle (33) and Etienne Bocourt (2) and lithographed by Mme. Philippe (23), Bouijer (10), and Bastide (1), all three working in Algiers. Half black morocco, brown cloth sides, gold-tooled spine. [4] pp. Full description
€ 2,250
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A key for the Western knowledge of Arabia at the beginning of the 20th century,
by the man who inspired Lawrence of Arabia

HOGARTH, David George. The penetration of Arabia.
London, Lawrence and Bullen, Ltd., 1904. Large 8vo. With 50 photographs of Medina, Mecca (incl. the Kabah, pilgrims camping outside the city praying in the Great Mosque-Precinct and at the Tomb, mostly after the photographs of Snouck Hurgronje), Maskat, Sana, Jidda; portraits of explorers such as Carsten Niebuhr, J.L. Burckhardt, G.A. Wallin, Richard Burton, J. Snouck Hurgronje, Jos. Halévy, W.G. Palgrave, W.S. and Lady Anne Blunt and others, maps of their routes through Arabia and several maps and plans of Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Mecca, Medina, Sana, Riad, etc.; the Teima stone, the first published Himyaritic inscriptions, etc. At the end are bound two folding coloured maps on one large leaf (345 x 675 mm) containing (1) the orthographical, and (2) the land surface features of Arabia. Original green publisher's cloth, title in gold on the front board with a gold-tooled section of a compass with the signs of the zodiac, title in gold on the spine. XV, 359 pp. Full description
€ 450
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On the sediments of the Arabian Gulf

HOUBOLT, Jacob Jozef Herman Christiaan. Surface sediments of the Persian Gulf near the Qatar Peninsula.
The Hague, Mouton & co., 1957 8vo. With 8 leaves with reproductions of (microscopic) photographs, 8 loosely inserted folding tables and maps, a loose leaf with theses in Dutch and Houbolt's business card. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers. 113, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 650
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Inside an Ottoman printing office

IHSAN, Ahmed. [Title on back wrapper:] Ahmed Ihsan & Co ... Etablissement typographique, lithographique et de reliure ... Journal illustré Servet-i-Funoun XXIe année.
Istanbul, Nouri-Osmanié, 1912 [= AH] 1328. Oblong 4to. With a title-page in Turkish on the front (left!) wrapper and a title-page in French on the back (right!) wrapper, 11 black & white photographic illustrations, text in Ottoman Turkish set in Arabic type. Original publisher's red printed paper wrappers. [20] pp. Full description
€ 1,850
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Over 200 scientific articles on Western & Central Asia and India, bound in 107 volumes

[JOURNALS – WESTERN AND CENTRAL ASIA; INDIA], Olaf CAROE, Aurel STEIN, Richard TEMPLE, Francis YOUNGHUSBAND et al. [Large collection of journal articles about the scientific exploration of Western and Central Asia and India].Including:
- Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
- Geographical Journal.
- Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal.
- Journal of the Royal Central Asian Society.
- Journal of the Royal Geographical Society.
- Transactions of the Bombay Geographical Society.
- National Geographic.
Various places, a.o. London and Calcutta, various publishers, 1837-1981. 107 volumes, many containing multiple articles. 8vo. Some illustrated with plates and maps. Half calf with marbled sides and gilt lettering on spine or cloth with marbled sides and label on spine. Full description
€ 35,000
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Guide for new employees of the Kuwait Oil Company arriving in Al Ahmadi

KUWAIT OIL COMPANY. Information for new engagements on joining the Kuwait Oil Company, Limited, Kuwait.
Al Ahmadi, Kuwait Oil Company, 18 June 1952. Small folio (33 x 20.5 cm). Duplicated typescript, printed on the rectos only in purple ink, probably with a spirit duplicator. Loose sheets, stapled together at the left top corner with holes punched in the left margin. [2], 22 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Loans by the UK for major infrastructure development in Jordan

MU'AMMAR, Sayid Ya'coub; B.L. STRACHAN. Exchange of notes concerning an interest-free development loan by the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
London, Her Majestys Stationery Office, 1970. 4to. With the UK coat-of-arms on title-page. Text in English and Arabic in naskh type. Stapled. 8 pp. Full description
€ 450
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Most extensive edition of a monumental, extensively illustrated description of the world

MÜNSTER, Sebastian. Cosmographia, das ist: Beschreibung der gantzen Welt, ...
Basel, heirs of Sebastian Henricpetri, 1628. Folio (38 x 24.5 cm). With engraved title-page, letterpress title-page printed in red and black with woodcut portrait of Münster on the back, 26 numbered double-page woodcut maps on inserted bifolia, 72 double-page woodcut maps, plans and views on integral leaves, and about 1500 woodcut illustrations in the text (including repeats) showing maps, plans, views, plants, animals, monsters, etc. Contemporary vellum. [24], “1752” [=1748] , [12] pp. Full description
€ 48,000
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Early Western printing in Aden: Arab dictionary

NORBURY, Paul Fitzgerald. An abridged Arabic grammar with one hundred and fifty simple conversational scentences and a vocabulary of two thousand five hundred words.
Aden, printed at the Aden Special Prison Press, [1917]. Square 8vo. Printed in English and Arabic type. With a tipped-in paper slip on the title-page: "Since the issue of the first edition it has been possible to test this grammar in regard to its utility in Mesopotamia. The result has been to confirm the correctness of the claim made in para four of the preface". Original publisher's printed hard board covers with red cloth spine. IV, 68 pp. Full description
€ 850
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Gargantuan double-sided oil map

National Iranian Oil Company [Shirkat-e Millî Naft-e Irân]. Iran: Petroleum Information & General Information. Presented by the National Iranian Oil Company to the Literacy Corps.
Iran, The National Iranian Oil Company to the Literacy Corps = Medeniyya Shirkat-e Millî Naft-e Irân ba Sepah-e Danish, "1344" [=1965]. 92 x 125,5 cm. Original color lithograph map on cloth. Bilingual in English and Farsi. Scale: 1:2000000. Full description
€ 4,500
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The British Consul of Zanzibar and his strenuous attempts to put a stop
to the business of slavery in the Sultanate

RIGBY, Colonel Christopher Palmer; Lilian M. RUSSELL-RIGBY (ed.). General Rigby, Zanzibar and the slave trade with journals, dispatches, etc.
London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1935. 8vo. With a folding "Rough sketch-map to illustrate General Rigbys career in H.M. Service" (ca. 25 x 29 cm) and the half-page coat-of-arms of Rigby on p. [5]. Original publisher's blue cloth with a blind-stamped centrepiece on the front board and the title in gold on the spine, covered with the original blue publisher's paper wrappers, protected by a plastic wrapper. [10], 15-404, [4] pp. Full description
€ 475
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With a double-page plan and 34 tinted lithographed views of the fortified city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan

SALE, Sir Robert H. (and others). The defence of Jellalabad, ... drawn on stone by W.L. Walton.
London, Joseph Hogarth, Henry Graves & Co., and sold by Hullmandel & Walton, [1845/46]. 1mo (full-sheet leaves) (54 x 37 cm). With a lithographed frontispiece portrait of Sale by Thomas Fairl and after a painting by Scarlet Davis, a lithographed illustrated title-page, a lithographed dedication to Queen Victoria (reproducing Sales hand-written and signed dedication), a double-page "Plan of Jellalabad" (51.5 x 60 cm, lithographed by S. Leith in Edinburgh) and 34 tinted lithographic views of the city and its fortifications (in landscape format) on 22 leaves.
Gold-tooled red goatskin morocco, richly gold-tooled turn-ins, gold-tooled board edges, yellow endpapers, gilt edges. Lithographed frontispiece, title-page & dedication plus 5, [1 blank] pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 15,000
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Important anthropological study on the original inhabitants of the southern Arabic Peninsula

THOMAS, Bertram. Anthropological observations in South Arabia.
[offprint from:] Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 42 (1932). Large 8vo. With 2 plates (XI-XII) from photographs: (1) two views on the landscapes of the Sands of Dakara and the Qara Mountains, Arabia; (2) 12 portraits of members of the various tribes of Southern Arabia/Jemen. Blue wrappers with printed title label on the front cover. 83-108 pp. Full description
€ 750
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A scarce description of a gruesome journey to the Holy Land and a stay as slaves in the galleys
and the quarries in Constantinople (1556-1559)

SEYDLITZ, Melchior von; P. van ANGELEN (transl.). Ongeluckige Jerusalemsche Reyse. Waer in beschreven wordt de wonderlijcke gevanckenis, slavernye, ellendige en wreede tyrannye, soo op de Galeyen als in de steenbergen, ende eyndelijck de geluckige verlossinge van vier Hooghduytsche Edelluyden, die in ysere ketenen gesloten, meer als 300 mijlen na Constantinopel geviert zijn.
Amsterdam, for Marcus Willemsz. Doornick, 1662. Small 4to. With an engraving on the title-page of a group of chained enslaved prisoners on their way to Constantinople, after the illustration on the German editions (repeated on p. 59) and some woodcut initials. Contemporary limp vellum. 112 pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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