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Rare travelogue of Yemen, with the original Arabic text

AL-GARADI, Ahmed Ibn Muhammad [and Eugen MITTWOCH]. Aus dem Jemen. Hermann Burchardts letzte Reise durch Südarabien. bearbeitet von Eugen Mittwoch...
Leipzig, Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft in kommission bei F.A. Brockhaus, [1926]. 4to. 28 plates with 55 photos, 1 map on page 9. Text is partially in Arabic. Original paper covers. [4], 74 pp. Full description
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First English translation of volume 8 of Al-Hamdani's historical, geographical
and genealogical description of ancient South Arabia

AL-HAMDANI [transl. and ed. Nabih Amin FARIS]. The antiquities of South Arabia being a translation from the Arabic with linguistic, geographic, and historic notes of the eighth book of Al-Hamdani's Al-Iklil, reconstructed from Al. Karmali's edition and a MS in the Garrett collection Princeton University Library.
Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1938. 8vo. With 1 page with the text of fol. 22(a) of the Princeton MS; p. 73 shows inscriptions of Himyarite characters; 1 map titled "Ancient Arabia Peoples, places and routes". The notes are partially in Arabic and Hebrew (and possibly other types of) script. Black cloth, with title information on spine. [6], 119, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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The remarkable life and career of Sir Hugh Boustead in the Middle East and across the world

BOUSTEAD, Hugh. The wind of morning. The autobiography of Colonel Sir Hugh Boustead.
London, Chatto & Windus, 1974. Large 8vo. With 8 double sided plates with multiple images, and 4 maps. Orange cloth with title information in gold on spine, with dust jacket, designed by John Woodcock with a photo of a caravan of people on camels on front cover and one of H. Boustead on a horse on the back, title information in purple on front cover and on spine of dust jacket. 240 pp. Full description
€ 450
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Inscribed by the author in Arabic

BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. Falconry in the valley of the Indus.
London, Van Voorst, 1852. 8vo. The half-title is inscribed in Arabic at the head and accompanied by a pencil drawing, a self-portrait of the author with his own head but the body of a cat, walking across a roof, captioned below in ink: "a faithful sketch of the Author". With an 8-page publishers catalogue at the end. Original publisher's cloth. [16], 107, [1]; 8 pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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Excellent falconry manual

CHENU, Jean Charles; Marc Athanase Parfait OEillet DES MURS. La fauconnerie ancienne et moderne.
Paris, Hachette, 1862. 8vo. With numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Original publishers printed wrappers bound in. 176 pp. Full description
€ 2,000
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The past and present of the oral traditions of Bedouin tribes in Arabia,
discussed by a renowned Dutch scholar of Arabian languages and cultures

KURPERSHOEK, Paul Marcel. Oral poetry & narratives from Central Arabia.
1. The poetry of ad-Dindân A Bedouin Bard in Southern Najd.
2. The story of a Desert Knight The legend of Sçwîh al-'Atâwi & Other 'Utaybah Heroes.
3. Bedouin poets of the Dawâsir Tribe Between Nomadism & Settlement in Southern Najd.
Leiden, New York, Köln, Brill, 1994-1999. 3 volumes. Large 8vo. With 2 portraits as frontispieces in vols. 1 and 2. 16 pages with illustrations and 2 maps at the end of vols. 2 and 3. Red cloth with title information in gold on front cover and spine of all 3 vols. All 3 vols. have a dust jacket. XVII, [5 368, [4]; XIV, [4], 512, [2]; XX, 506, [4] pp. Full description
€ 850
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Standard work on Hindu and Muslim law

MACNAGHTEN, William Hay (Girish Chandra TARKALANKAR, ed.). Principles of Hindu and Mahomedan law.
Calcutta, Sreenauth Banerjee and brothers (back of the title-page: printed by B.M. Sen, "Tomohur" Press, Serampore), 1873. 2 parts in 1 volume. Large 8vo. 20th-century half black morocco, black cloth sides, title and author in gold on spine, new endpapers. [6], LXIII, [1 blank], [10], 139, [1 blank]; [4], 88, XX pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Presented by the author to Florian Pharaon

MAGAUD D’AUBUSSON, Louis. La fauconnerie au Moyen Age et dans les temps modernes. Recherches historiques, didactiques et naturelles.
Paris, Auguste Ghio, 1879. 8vo. With half-title and errata leaf. Contemporary gold-tooled half morocco, with the original publishers printed wrappers bound in at the end. [8], 272 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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One of the limited official copies of the British Allied War Effort
of a geographical handbook on Palestine and Jordan

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE DIVISION. Palestine and Transjordan. Geographical handbook series.
(colophon:) Oxford, University Press, December 1943. 2 parts in 1 volume. Large 8vo. With 1 large folding map stored in a pocket on the back board of the communications of Palestine (air fields and landing grounds, railways, roads and sea plane moorings), 2 other folding maps (geological map of Palestine; map of Haifa Harbour), 1 double-page plan of the church of Holy Sepulchre and 58 other figures in the text. Also with 154 half-tone photographs, inserted on separate leaves and all numbered and captioned. Original publisher's green cloth, gilt-lettering on front board and spine. XV, 621, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,000
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One of the limited official copies of a geographical handbook on Persia and Arabia

NAVAL INTELLIGENCE DIVISION. Persia. Geographical handbook series for official use only.
(colophon:) Oxford, University Press, September 1945. Large 8vo. With 1 large folding map of Iraq, Arabia and Persia bound at the end of the book, 11 smaller folding maps and 50 illustration figures in the text (smaller maps, current and wind charts, sections, diagrams on the rainfall, etc.). Also with 337 half-tone photographs, inserted on separate leaves and all numbered and captioned. Original publisher's green cloth, gilt-lettering on front board and spine. XIX, [1 blank], 638 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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The Hadhramaut in Southern Arabia through the eyes and camera lens of Freya Stark

STARK, Freya. Seen in the Hadhramaut.
London, John Murray, 1938. 4to. With the title-page in red and black, 1 map of the Hadhramaut titled: "Seen in the Hadhramaut", and 50 double sided plates. The plates are included in the pagination. Blue cloth with black lettering on front cover and spine. With dust jacket. XXIII, [1 blank], 199, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 650
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Freya Stark's first extensive travels through the Middle East,
described in the second part of her autobiography

STARK, Freya. Beyond Euphrates. Autobiography 1928-1933.
London, John Murray, 1951. 8vo. With a double-page map on green paper, 40 double-sided plates, a green ornament on the title-page and some decorations in the text. Green cloth with gold lettering on front cover and spine. With dust jacket designed by F. Quilter. XIII, [3], 341 [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 580
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First part of the autobiography of traveller and writer Freya Stark

STARK, Freya. Traveller's prelude. An autobiography.
London, John Murray, 1951. 8vo. With a double page map on blue/green paper, 22 double-sided plates, a green ornament on the title-page, a small woodcut of Asolo on p.336 and some small decorations in the text. Green cloth with gold lettering on front cover and spine. With a dust jacket designed by F. Quilter. XII, [2], 346 pp. Full description
€ 250
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The life and travels - mostly in Southern Arabia - of Freya Stark during the 1930's

STARK, Freya. The coast of incense. Autobiography 1933-1939.
London, John Murray, 1953. 8vo. With 1 map of the Hadhramaut printed on green paper, 20 double-sided plates, 3 illustrations in the text on pp. 76, 77 and 85, a few small tail pieces throughout, and a green ornament on the title-page. Green cloth with gold lettering on spine. XIII, [3], 286, [2] pp. Full description
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An English edition of the first account of a European travelling through the Middle East,
visiting Mecca and Medina, to Persia, India, and the East Indies

VARTHEMA, Ludovico di. [transl. John Winter JONES, ed. Norman Mosley PENZER] The itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema of Bologna from 1502 to 1508 as translated from the original Italian edition of 1510, by John Winter Jones, F.S.A. in 1863 for the Hakluyt Society with a discourse on Varthema and his travels in Southern Asia by Sir Richard Carnac Temple [...].
London, The Argonaut Press, 1928. 4to. With 5 maps, the facsimile text of the title-page and colophon of the original 1510 book of Di Varthema, 1 plate, and a small blue illustration (similar to the blind-tooled image on the front board) on the title-page. Half white and half blue cloth with gold lettering on spine. LXXXV, [1 blank], 121, [3] pp. Full description
€ 500
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The Arabian Peninsula through the eyes of the American Christian missionary S.M. Zwemer

ZWEMER, Samuel Marinus. Arabia: the cradle of Islam. Studies in the geography, people and politics of the peninsula with an account of Islam and mission-work.
Edinburgh and London, Oliphant Anderson and Ferrier, [preface dated: Dec. 1900]. 8vo. With a cut-out picture of a Bedouin woman on the verso of the half-title-page, a picture of "a typical Arab of Yemen" as the frontispiece, 15 plates, a floor plan of a mosque, 2 maps and numerous small illustrations in the text. Yellow cloth. [6], 437, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 650
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