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782 Arabic proverbs collected before 1817, with explanatory notes

BURCKHARDT, Johann Ludwig. Arabic proverbs, or the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians, illustrated from their proverbial sayings current at Cairo, translated and explained ...
London, John Murray (colophon: printed by C. Roworth), 1830. Large 4to (28 x 22 cm). With a large folding engraved map of the Sinai, the Holy Land and parts of Egypt and Syria, showing Burckhardt's travels, and a few small woodcut illustrations in the text. Set in roman and italic type with the proverbs also in the original Arabic. Mid-19th-century half tan calf, spine with gold-tooled bands. Full description
€ 8,000
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Traditional Arabia just before the changes due to oil-wealth

DICKSON, Harold Richard Patrick. The Arab of the desert. A glimpse into Badawin life in Kuwait and Sau'di Arabia.
London, George Allen & Unwin, 1951. 8vo. With a portrait of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as frontispiece, numerous wood-engravings in text, including some maps, 46 pages with mostly reproductions of photographs, 9 colour plates (including 1 map), 12 maps (of which 8 folding and loosely inserted in the rear pocket), and 6 folding genealogical tables, also inserted in the rear pocket. Publisher's cloth. Full description
€ 450
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First edition of a history of the Ottoman Empire and Egypt
with a collection of Turkish and Egyptian tales

DIGEON, J.M. Nouveau contes Turcs et Arabes. Précédés d'un abrégé chronologique de l'histoire de la maison Ottomane & du gouvernement de l'Egypte, & suivis de plusieurs morceaux de poésie & de prose, traduits de l'Arabe & du Turc.
Paris, Dupuis, 1781. 2 volumes. 12mo. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins. Full description
€ 2,750
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Eye-witness account of Istanbul in 1597,
with Turkish in Arabic type and displaying Greek inscriptions

DOUSA, Georgius (Joris van der DOES). De itinere suo Constantinopolitano, epistola.
Leiden, Officina Plantiniana (Christophorus Raphelengius), 1599. Small 8vo (17 x 11 cm). With the Officina Plantiniana's woodcut compasses device on the title-page. Set in roman, italic and Greek types, with occasional words and lines in Arabic type. Mid 19th-century mottled, tanned sheepskin (cat's paw pattern), richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 8,750
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Photo album of a study trip to Libya, with 42 photographs

DUEMLEIN, Ludwig. 2200 Kilometer durch Libyen. [back of title-page:] Bildberigt über die Libia-Studienreise 1938.
[Libya, 1938]. Album (18 x 14 cm) with 42 original photographs (ca. 14 x 9 cm), including a portrait of the author, a manuscript title-page with a drawing, two drawings of animals, a manuscript map, and 5 manuscript divisional titles (all written and drawn in white on the black album leaves), and 13 leaves with typewritten text. Contemporary half sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,250
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Very rare first edition of this account of a journey to a relatively unknown region

EL-TOUNSY (Sheikh Mohammed Ibn-Omar). Voyage au Ouaday, traduit de l'Arabe par le Dr Perron, directeur de l'Ecole de médecine du Kaire […]. Ouvrage accompagné de cartes et de planches et du portrait du Cheykh, publié par le Dr Perron et M. Jomard, membre de l'Institut […]. Ouvrage précédé d'une préface de ce dernier, contenant des remarques historiques et géographiques, et faisant suite au Voyage au Dârfour.
Paris, Benjamin Duprat, Arthus Bertrand, Franck, Renouard, Gide, 1851. Large 8vo. With portrait of El-Tounsy and 9 lithographed plates of portraits, costumes, arms, instruments and maps. Contemporary half garnet-red roan, smooth spine with gilt fillets, green title labels. Full description
€ 8,500
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