Barros, João de. Decada primeira (-terceira) da Asia. Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez for Antonio Gonsalvez, 1628. Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez for Antonio Gonsalvez, 1628. Large 4to. 3 vols. (6), 208 ff. (5), 231 (but: 238) ff. (10), 262 ff. Title vignettes (royal arms of Portugal). Without the folding plan present in some copies. Uniform mottled calf with double giltstamped borders and cover titles; spines elaborately gilt; double giltstamped red spine labels. All edges sprinkled in red.

Second edition of the first three "Decades" on Portugal's Middle Eastern enterprises, all that was published during the lifetime of the author (a fourth volume was produced posthumously in 1615, and the set was continued by other hands). "This is considered by Du Fresnoy as being a good edition of the three first decades" (Clarke, The Progress of Maritime Discovery, p. 132). The writer de Barros (1496-1570), head agent for the Portuguese overseas trade authority "Casa da Índia", managed to persuade King João III to commission from him a history of the Portuguese in India (including Asia and southeast Africa). The result, published between 1552 and 1563, earned him renown as one of the first great Portuguese historians, and the the title of a "Portuguese Livy". The 'Decades' contain "the early history of the Portuguese in India and Asia and reveal careful study of Eastern historians and geographers, as well as of the records of his own country. They are distinguished by clearness of exposition and orderly arrangement. They are also lively accounts" (Enc. Britannica). Books 2 and 3 of the "Decada Segunda" (fols. 21 ff.) offer a detailed narrative of Afonso de Albuquerque's expedition to the Arabian Gulf and his conquest of Ormuz in 1507; the island remained under Portuese occupation from 1515 to 1622. As vassals of the Portuguese state, the Kingdom of Ormuz jointly participated in the 1521 invasion of Bahrain that ended Jabrid rule of the Arabian archipelago. - Slight waterstaining throughout; title page of vol. 1 remargined (slight loss to border rules). Old ms. ownership to title page of vol. 3; stamp on title page of vol. 1; some contemporary notes at the end of the volume. Trimmed fairly closely at times, still, a good, uniformly bound set with handsome shelf appearance. Rare; last sold at Sotheby's 1998 auction.
¶ Palau I.181b. Howgego I, B34, p. 91. Löwendahl, Sino-Western cultural relations I, p. 42, no. 75. OCLC 4507939. Cf. Macro 472-474.



Batanuni, Muhammad Labib. Al-Rihlah al-hijaziyah. Li-Wali al-Ni'am al-Hajj 'Abbas Hilmi basha... al-thani Khidiw Misr. al-Qahirah (Cairo), Matba`at al-Jamaliyah, 1911. al-Qahirah (Cairo), Matba`at al-Jamaliyah, 1911. 8vo. 4, 54 pp., 1 bl. f., 334 pp. With 38 plates (photos, maps, plans, tables). Contemp. blindstamped red cloth (spine rebacked).

Standard work on the Hejaz region and the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, by the noted Egyptian agriculturist Muhammad Labib al-Batanuni. - Binding slightly rubbed, spine rebacked. Ms. ownership note in Arabic to first page. Wants portrait of the author.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 26. OCLC 417329335.


First printing of Ibn Batuttah in Arabic

Ibn Batuttah. Voyages d'Ibn Batoutah. Texte arabe, accompagné d'une traduction... par C. Defrémery et le Dr. B. R. Sanguinetti. Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1853-1859. Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1853-1859. 8vo. 4 vols. (including index). (4), XLVI, (2), 443, (1) pp. (4), XIV, (2), 465, (1) pp. (4), XXVI, (2), 476 pp. (4), 479, (5), 91, (1) pp. Contemp. red half calf with giltstamped spine labels.

First and only complete edition of the Arabic text of Ibn Battuta's famous "Rihla" (literally, "The Journey"), the most significant eyewitness account of the Arabian Peninsula during the Middle Ages. Over a period of thirty years, the Muslim Moroccan explorer Abu-‘Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Batutah (1304-77?) visited most of the known Islamic world, including North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East - a distance surpassing that covered by his near-contemporary Marco Polo. Ibn Battuta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time. He journeyed more than 75,000 miles, a figure unsurpassed by any individual explorer until the coming of the Steam Age some 450 years later. After returning home from his travels in 1354, Ibn Battuta dictated an account of his journeys to Ibn Juzayy, a scholar whom he had previously met in Granada. This account is the only source for Ibn Battuta's adventures. For centuries his book was obscure, even within the Muslim world, but in the early 19th century extracts were published in German and English based on manuscripts discovered in the Middle East, containing abridged versions of Ibn Juzayy's Arabic text. During the French occupation of Algeria in the 1830s, five manuscripts were discovered in Constantine, including two that contained more complete versions of the text. "These manuscripts were brought back to the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris and studied by the French scholars Charles Defrémery and Beniamino Sanguinetti. Beginning in 1853, they published a series of four volumes containing the Arabic text, extensive notes and a translation into French. Defrémery and Sanguinetti's printed text has now been translated into many other languages while Ibn Battuta has grown in reputation and is now a well-known figure" (Wikipedia). - Bindings rubbed and bumped; interior severely browned throughout as usual. Extremely rare.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 1249. GAL II, p. 333. Henze II, 682. Cf. Carter, Robert A. Sea of Pearls, p. 63.



Bayley, Edward Clive. The history of India as told by its... own historians. The Local Muhammadan Dynasties. Gujarat. London, W. H. Allen and Co., Publishers to the India Office, 1886. London, W. H. Allen and Co., Publishers to the India Office, 1886. Large 8vo. XX, 519, (1) pp., with 44, (4) pp. of ads. With a folding map. Original green cloth with giltstamped spine.

EUR 750.00

First edition of the "Gujarat" volume in the series, a sequel to Sir H. M. Elliot's "History of the Muhammadan Empire of India". Partially based on a translation (by John Dowson) of the 16th-century "Mirát-i-Sikandarí" of Sikandar ibn Muhammad (Manjhu Akbar). Also includes the "Mirá-i-Ahmadí" of Ali Muhammad Khan (p. 1-23). - Binding slightly rubbed, generally in excellent condition.
¶ OCLC 5842649.

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Belon's detailed account of his travels in the Levant, with a folding map of Mount Sinai

Belon, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables,... trouvées en Grece, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges. Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1553. Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1553. 4to (215 x 165 mm). 3 parts in 1 volume. (12), 210, (2) ff. With Cavellat's woodcut device on title-page and part-titles, 36 woodcut illustrations in the text (4 hand-coloured), numerous decorated initals, and an extra added folding woodcut map (31 x 32.5 cm) showing Mount Sinai. The main text set in italic, with the preface and commentary in roman. 18th-century marbled calf, gold-tooled spine in 6 compartments, with gold-tooled title labe in the second, gold-tooled board edges.

EUR 15,000.00

First edition of Pierre Belon's "Observations", the result of his extensive travels in Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Arabia and Palestine from 1546 to 1549. Belon was part of the French embassy to the Ottoman Empire, led by Gabriel de Luetz (Luez, Luels) and aimed at convincing Suleiman the Magnificent to join forces against Charles V. Divided into three parts, Belon extensively describes the natural history and the religion, customs and traditions of the peoples he encounters, with detailed observations on the pyramids, Mount Sinai, Damascus, and the consumption of opium. The fine woodcuts, attributed to Arnold Nicolai and Pierre Goudet (Gourdelle), include a hand-coloured map of the Dardanelles (Hellespont), a view of Alexandria, an illustration of a giraffe, and coins with Arabic inscriptions. The present copy is augmented with a folding map of Mount Sinai that was first published in the second edition. - Pierre Belon du Mans (c. 1518-1564) studied medicine in Paris, where he took the degree of doctor before becoming a pupil of the brilliant botanist Valerius Cordus at Wittenberg, with whom he travelled throughout Germany. Cordus died of malaria in Italy in 1544, and Belon, on his return to France, came under the patronage of François, Cardinal de Tournon. At 46 Belon was murdered in the Bois de Boulogne. - Contemporary owner's inscription on title page ("Ex libris Petri Drouotz") and several contemporary annotations (by the same?) in the margins. Title-page slightly shaved and somewhat dirty, the folding map showing slight waterstains. In very good condition.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 505. Adams B 564. Ibrahim-Hilmy, p. 61; Nissen, ZBI 304. USTC 12912. Brunet I, 762. Graesse I, 331. Cf. Atabey 93 (2nd edition); Blackmer 115 (same copy). Hage Chahine 393 (later ed.). Röhricht, Bibliotheca Palaestinae 186 (for Gil. Corrozet).

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Belon's account of his extensive travels in the Levant, with 44 woodcut illustrations

Belon, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables,... trouvées en Grece, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges. Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1555. Paris, (Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corozet and) Guillaume Cavellat, 1555. 4to. 3 parts in 1 volume. (12), 212, (1) ff. With title in woodcut border with Cavellet's device and initials at the foot, each part-title with Cavellet's woodcut device, 1 folding woodcut map (315 x 350 mm) showing Mount Sinai, 44 woodcuts in the text (including a portrait of the author by Geoffroy Tory), and numerous fine decorated initials. Main text set in italic, with preface and commentary in roman. Overlapping vellum (ca. 1600?), sewn on 5 cords, laced through the joints.

EUR 12,500.00

Third edition of Belon's "Observations", the fruit of his extensive travels in Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Syria from 1546 to 1549. The naturalist Pierre Belon (c. 1518-64), famous for his works on ornithology, was attached to the French embassy to the Ottoman Empire, led by Gabriel de Luetz (Luez, Luels) d'Aramont, who aimed at convincing Suleiman the Magnificent to join forces against Charles V. The envoy sailed for Venice in December 1546 and proceeded to Croatia. Here Luetz continued overland to Adrianople (Edirne), while Belon sailed for Istanbul by way of Greece, visiting Lemnos, Macedonia, Crete and Kavala en route. He reached Istanbul in August 1547, explored the city and continued to Alexandria, while Luetz accompanied Suleiman to Persia. Belon's journey continued to Cairo, Mount Sinai, Jerusalem, Damascus, Baalbek, Aleppo, and again to Turkey. - Unlike many contemporary travel writers, Belon does not elaborate on extraordinary adventures, but rather limits himself to detailed observations on mammals, fish, snakes, birds, plants and the manners and customs of the peoples he encountered, commenting only on what he himself had witnessed. The fine woodcuts, attributed to Arnold Nicolai and Pierre Goudet (Gourdelle), include a map of the Dardanelles (Hellespont), a folding map of Mount Sinai, a view of Alexandria, coins with Arabic inscriptions, 3 illustrations of Egyptian costumes, a giraffe, chameleon and, surprisingly, a flying dragon and an armadillo. - The first edition was published in 1553, illustrated with 35 woodcuts only, followed by a second, augmented edition in 1554. The present edition was a joint publication of Guillaume Cavellat and Gilles Corrozet, comprising two issues with either Corrozet's or Cavallet's name in the imprint. - With printed description from a sales catalogue on pastedown, slightly browned, some light waterstains, folding plate mounted. Overall in very good condition.
¶ Adams B 564. Aboussouan 94. Ibrahim-Hilmy 61. Gay 10. Nissen, ZBI 304. Tobler 72f. USTC 6761. Cf. Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 505 (1st ed. 1553). Atabey 93 (2nd ed.). Blackmer 115 (same copy). Weber II, 153 (1st ed. 1553). Henze I, 237 (first edition). Hage Chahine 393 (later ed.). For the author: Dictionnaire des orientalistes, 75f.

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Benigni, Rudolf. Österreichische Botschaftsberichte über arabische Länder. - Austrian Embassy... Reports on Arab Countries. Wien (Vienna), Österreichisches Institut für Bibliotheksforschung, Dokumentations- und Informationswesen, 1974. Wien (Vienna), Österreichisches Institut für Bibliotheksforschung, Dokumentations- und Informationswesen, 1974. 8vo. 130 pp., 1 bl. f. Publisher's original printed wrapper.

EUR 500.00

The "Austrian Embassy Reports on Arab Countries": a catalogue of and guide to all relevant documents in the Vienna State Archives formerly kept at the Imperial Internuncio and later the Embassy in Constantinople from 1750 to 1918. The documents relative to Arabia include numerous pieces on the Sherif of Mecca, the Wahhabites, the Pacha of Jeddah, Sheikh Faisal's threat to Hajj pilgrims, and British interests in the region; others relate to the Wahhabite movement in Syria, the English blockade of Mocha and various insurgencies in Yemen, as well as events in Arabic countries from Iraq and Kuweit to Algier and Morocco. "Old Austria, beyond suspicion of imperialistic designs or ambitions of colonialism, was vitally interested in preserving the Ottoman Empire and protecting both its own chartered rights and the rights of man in this enormous territory, as well as in advancing the local economic development, a process, indeed, in which the Habsburg Empire itself played an important part. The diplomatic reports reflect this situation. Striving as they did to represent the facts without any political bias, strictly according to facts, they are of especial interest to the historian. They comprise a vast area stretching from the Arabian Gulf to Morocco on the Atlantic" (introduction). - Insignificant bumping to extremeties; altogether very well preserved copy of this indispensable and rare volume of reference.
¶ Biblos-Schriften 77. OCLC 1700363.

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Bent, J[ames] Theodore. The Bahrein Islands, in the Persian Gulf. [London, Royal Geographical Society], 1890. [London, Royal Geographical Society], 1890. 8vo. 20 pp. With 3 text illustrations and a folding lithographed colour map. Modern blue wrappers with cover label.

Offprint from the "Proceedings of The Royal Geographic Society", No. I, 1890. An early, oft-quoted study of country, history, and people of Bahrein, the "Cyprus of the Persian Gulf", with discussion of pearl fisheries, archaeological sites, commercial centres, etc. Bent's original paper, when presented before the RGS, had been accompanied by photographic slides, and Admiral Lindesay Brine had taken exception to the misleading character of some: "The Arabs were not such fearful people to look at as they appeared on the screen, some of them being very handsome men indeed" (p. 17). - Library stamps of the Upper Norwood Public Library, Croydon & Lambeth.
¶ Sultan bin M. Al-Qasimi, The Gulf in Historic Maps 1492-1931 (1996), p. 281. Cf. Macro. Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 517.



Bent, Theodore and Mabel. Southern Arabia. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1900. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1900. Large 8vo. X, (2), 455, (5) pp. With photoengraved portrait frontispiece (with tissue guard), 6 (mostly folding) colour maps, and 24 plates. Original giltstamped red cloth.

First edition; rare. The work, which includes a bibliography, is divided into sections on Southern Arabia, Maskat, the Hadramaut, Dhofar and the Gara Mountains, the Eastern Soudan, the Mahri Island of Sokotra, Beled Fadhli and Beled Yafei. - Bent and his wife, Mabel, made seven journeys all around the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula, including Oman and Dhofar, which from 1893 to the end of his life he made the special field for his observations and travel. He gathered an enormous amount of geographical and other information on the Hadramaut region, which they photographed extensively, but tried in vain for three successive years to penetrate the Mahri districts. In 1896 Bent traversed the island of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden and the year after made further explorations around Aden itself. This account was compiled by his wife after his death and has become one of the most sought-after of early 20th century Arabian exploration narratives. - Ex-library copy with remains of a library label on front pastedown and stamp of the "Suez Eastern Telegraph Company" on the final endpaper, slight traces of spine shelfmark label, otherwise clean. Sold for 4,600 GBP at Sotheby's 1998 Peter Hopkirk sale.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 524.



Bérard, Victor. Le Sultan, l'Islam et les Puissances. Constantinople -... la Mecque - Bagdad. Avec deux cartes hors texte. Paris, Armand Colin, 1907. Paris, Armand Colin, 1907. Small 8vo. VI, 443, (3) pp. With 2 folding maps. Contemp. half leather with giltstamped spine title.

EUR 750.00

Only edition. The maps show Egypt and Abessinia with the Arabian Peninsula and Asia Minor with the Middle East and Iraq. - Some foxing throughout; slight worming to lower corner of preliminary matter. Corners rubbed and bumped. Sold at Sotheby's 2002 Travel Sale for 454 GBP (later half morocco).
¶ OCLC 252331293.

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[Bergk, Johann Adam]. Aegypten in historischer, geographischer, physikalischer, wissenschaftlicher, artistischer, naturgeschichtlicher,... merkantilischer, religiöser, sittlicher und politischer Hinsicht. Berlin & Leipzig, W. Heinsius, 1799. Berlin & Leipzig, W. Heinsius, 1799. 8vo. X, 433 (but: 431), (1) pp., final blank. With engr. title vignette, 5 engr. plates (one a frontispiece), and folding engraved map. Contemp. half calf with giltstamped spine label.

First edition of this study of Egypt from a "historical, physical, scientific, artistic, natural-historical, economic, religious, cultural, and political perspective". The fine plates show views, monuments, costumes, and the cross-section of a pyramid. The German scholar Johann Adam Bergk (1769-1834) is remembered as a moderate Jacobin and popular philosopher. - Occasional brownstaining; old notes to pastedown. Formerly in the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer.
¶ Gay 1942. Kainbacher 40. Kayser I, 218. OCLC 257668988. Cf. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 64 (Berlin, 1798).



[Bergk, Johann Adam]. Arabien und Syrien in historischer, geographischer, wissenschaftlicher, artistischer,... naturgeschichtlicher, merkantilischer, religiöser, sittlicher und politischer Hinsicht. Berlin & Leipzig, Verlagshandlung der neuen compendiösen Bibliothek, 1799. Berlin & Leipzig, Verlagshandlung der neuen compendiösen Bibliothek, 1799. 8vo. XVI, 512 pp. With engr. title vignette, folding engr. map, and 4 engr. plates. Contemp. marbled boards. All edges red.

EUR 1,250.00

First edition, conceived as a continuation of Bergk's volume on Egypt. The map shows Syria; the plates depict Arabic costumes, household tools, and views of Haleb, Mecca, and Medina. The title vignette shows Mt. Sinai. Also discusses the history , topography, climate, illnesses etc. of the Arabian Peninsula (with chapters on the Nejd, Arabia Felix and Yemen, etc.) - Some browning. From the library of the Kalksburg Jesuit college with their shelfmark label on pastedown.
¶ Kayser I, 32. Holzmann/B. I, 2892. Hamberger/Meusel XXII/1, 216. OCLC 257668994. Not in Macro, Atabey or Blackmer.

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Blunt, Wilfred Scawen. A Visit to Jebel Shammar (Nejd). New Routes... through Northern and Central Arabia. [London], William Clowes & Son for Edward Stanford, 1880. [London], William Clowes & Son for Edward Stanford, 1880. 8vo. pp. 81-144. With 3 folding colour maps. In complete journal issue.

EUR 1,500.00

Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, No. II (Feb. 1880). Contains the account of a journey made by Blunt and his wife, Lady Anne, in the winter of 1878. The Blunts travelled in the company of Mohammed Ibn Aruk, a friend they had made in Palmyra whose family descended from a Nejd tribe. Mohammed wished to return to Nejd in order to find a wife and the Blunts seized the opportunity of accompanying him. The description of their journey is highly detailed, with details of villages they visited, careful topographical description, observations on local custom, descriptions of wildlife and an account the stud of Arab horses belonging to ibn Rashid, the reigning Emir of Hail. The account is followed by a transcript of a discussion that followed Blunt's presentation to the Royal Geographical Society. It includes observations by Sir Lewis Pelly, Mr Blanford and Sir H. Rawlinson. - The maps show Northern and Central Arabia (with the travel route taken by the Blunts) and a detailed sketch map of Jebel Shammar, as well as a sketch map of the route of the RGS East African Expedition from Dar-Es-Salaam to Lake Nyassa in 1879 (to accompany Joseph Thomson's article about that route, also here contained). - Binding repaired. A copy in modern cloth, with library stamps of the Chelsea Public library, was sold for GBP 999 at Sotheby's Travel Sale (Mediterranean & Middle East) in 2001.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 560. Boyd/P. 18.

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Bode, Baron C[lement] A[ugustus] de. Travels in Luristan and Arabistan. London, J. Madden and Co., 1845. London, J. Madden and Co., 1845. 8vo. 2 vols. XX, 404 pp. XII, 398, (2) pp. With 15 lithographed and wood engraved plates (two folding) and 2 folding engraved maps. Recent period style brown gilt tooled half calf with marbled boards and black gilt morocco labels. A very good set.

EUR 8,500.00

First edition. - An important account of Persia with detailed descriptions of the antiquities, archaeological sites, and the ancient history of the country. In 1841, de Bode travelled from Tehran to Isfahan, Persepolis, Shiraz, Kazeroun, Shushtar, Susa, Khorramabad and back to Tehran. "Luristan" (modern "Loristan"), or the land of the Luri people, is a western province of Persia; its main city is Khorramabad. "Arabistan" (now "Khuzestan") is located in the Eastern Persia and the main city is Ahwaz. - De Bode provides a detailed account of the ancient cities of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Ahaemenid Empire, and Susa, which used to be the capital of the legendary civilisation Elam, mentioned in the Bible. In his narrative he describes numerous archaeological sites, lists the names of settlements, describes the history of the local tribes and their manners and customs. In a supplement he published his observations on the routes of Timur and Alexander the Great, who crossed south-western Persia during their conquering marches. "It is with the view of rescuing from a second oblivion this once classical ground that the Author has endeavoured to draw aside a corner of the veil which still covers this mysterious region" (preface). One of de Bode's advisors whom he acknowledges in the preface was the renowned assyriologist Sir Henry Rawlinson (1810-95), an expert in Persian and Indian vernacular languages who explored Susiana and Persian Kurdistan and was called by Budge, in "The Rise and Progress of Assyriology" (1925), "the father of Assyriology" (ODNB). - "Clement Augustus de Bode, a member of the Russian legation in Tehran, filled some empty spaces in existing maps" (Howgego). "It is mostly a travel book [...] the author gives a good picture of tribal life and especially the political situation in Fars; principally the hostility between the Qashqai tribe which controlled Shiraz. There are also descriptions of historical sites and monuments along the way" (Ghani, p. 93).
¶ Abbey, Travel, 391. Howgego II, G2. Henze I, 281. NYPL Arabia coll. 165.

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With ballet illustrations by Callot

Bonarelli (della Rovere), Prospero. Il Solimano Tragedia. Florence, Pietro Cecconcelli, 1620. Florence, Pietro Cecconcelli, 1620. 4to. Illustrated, engraved title by Jacques Callot, (10), 162, (2) pp. With 5 folding, etched plates by Callot and woodcut printer’s device. Contemporary limp vellum. Wants ties.

EUR 7,500.00

First edition. The magnificent engravings count among the most beautiful of Callot’s theatre and ballet illustrations. "The play [about the murder of young Mustapha by his father, the Turkish Sultan Soliman II (1596–1666)], which is dedicated to Cosimo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, was a great success as a book; by 1636 it had gone through six editions […] The artistic significance of this work lies especially in its swift dramatic action, the well-differentiated characterisations, the skilful metre, and last but not least in its lyrical passages […]" (cf. KNLL II, 892). "Tragedia in cinque atti, una delle più importanti ed interessanti del secolo XVII, assai ricercata per la bella veste tipografica" (Libr. Vinciana). - Some foxing and browning in the blank margins; spine imperceptibly restored.
¶ Cicognara 1086. Gamba 1536. Kat. d. Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 4112. Libreria Vinciana 3870. Slg. Schäfer, Sotheby's Cat. 8/XII/1994, lot 38 (USD 6000). Lieure 363-368. Brunet I, 1089. Graesse I, 483. Ebert 2725.

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A circular world map centered on the Middle East

[Bongars, Jacques]. [Orientalium expeditionum historia.] Gesta Dei per Francos, sive... Orientalium expeditionum, et regni Francorum Hierosolimitani historia [...]. Hanau, typis Wechelianis, apud heredes Joan. Aubry, 1611. Hanau, typis Wechelianis, apud heredes Joan. Aubry, 1611. Folio (230 x 354 mm). (56), 621, (1), 625-1207, (1) pp. With 2 double-page-sized engr. folding plates and 2 engr. plans; woodcut printer's device at end. (Bound with:) Sanudo, Marino. Liber secretorum fidelium crucis super Terrae Sanctae recuperatione et conservatione [...] Orientalis historiae tomus secundus. Ibid., 1611. (12), 361 pp. (a double-page-sized folding plate numbered as 283f.). Engr. printer's device to both titles. Contemp. vellum with giltstamped spine title.

EUR 15,000.00

Only edition of this early, important source book for the history of the crusades and the Kingdom of Jerusalem and its vassal states. The much-sought maps, usually found in the second part, are here bound after the preliminary matter of pt. 1. "Four of the maps from Marino Sanudo's early fourteenth-century manuscript atlas were reprinted by Johann Bongars in 1611. Sanudo's planisphere [...] is one of the few examples of medieval maps based on portolano sources in printed form. It is a circular map centered on Jerusalem with the Mediterranean relatively well defined. The ocean surrounds the whole of the known world, the outer parts of which are represented by conjecture. The authorship of Marino Sanudo is not definitely established and the original manuscript has also been attributed to Pietro Vesconte" (Shirley). - Slight paper defect in last text leaf but one of vol. 2, otherwise an excellent and complete copy showing only minor browning. A copy in modern half vellum (severely browned, with some worming) commanded 13,000 Euros at Reiss's spring 2009 auction.
¶ VD 17, 1:069728C & 23:231141Q. Atabey 127. Shirley 276 (and plate 217). Tooley I, 162. Laor 783, 1145f. Nordenskiöld 51 (and plate 28). Brunet I, 1098. Cioranescu (16e siècle) 4305. Rep. font. hist. med. aevi I, 105. Lex. Kart. 576 & 860f. Cf. Tobler 12.

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Boulainvilliers, Henri de. The Life of Mahomet. London, W. Hinchliffe, 1731. London, W. Hinchliffe, 1731. 8vo. (8), VIII, 400 pp. Modern half calf with giltstamped title to spine.

EUR 850.00

First English edition. Book 1 contains a description of Arabia, as well as of Mecca and Medina; books 2 and 3 contain Mohamed's genealogy and biography. The historian Henri de Boulainvilliers (1658-1722), translator of Spinoza's "Ethics", wrote on topics so diverse as astrology, physics, philosophy and theology, though many of his writings were not printed until after his death. For his neutral reasoning, his works were cited by subsequent writers who would prove influential in the development of Western political thought and historical research. - Short tear to title page repaired; some browning and brownstaining throughout. From the library of the British philosopher of religion, David Arthur Pailin (b. 1936), with his bookplate and copious notes laid in.
¶ Chauvin XI, p. 149, no. 477. BMC 3:1075.635. Cf. Aboussouan 153 (Amsterdam, 1731). NYPL Arabia coll. 164.

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Breton [de la Martinière, Jean-Baptiste Joseph]. L'Égypte et la Syrie, ou moeurs, usages, costumes... et monumens des Égyptiens, des Arabes et des Syriens. Précédé d'un Précis historique. Paris, A. Nepveu, 1814. Paris, A. Nepveu, 1814. 12mo. 6 vols. With 84 engraved plates, mostly aquatints, in contemporary hand colour, several folding. Contemp. red grained morocco, blindstamped and giltstamped, spine gilt, leading edges and inner dentelle gilt. All edges gilt.

EUR 9,500.00

First edition, the rare coloured issue in contemporary French master bindings. - Contains a large number of very pretty views and charming genre scenes, also showing costumes, arms, tools, etc. Accompanied by notes by Jean Joseph Marcel (1776-1854), director of the French imperial printshop at Cairo. Immaculate, sumptuously bound copy from the library of Mary Lecomte du Noüy with her gilt morocco bookplate on all pastedowns. Uncommonly well preserved; most copies in the great travel collections were incomparably the worse for wear: the Atabey copy was described as "rubbed, upper joint of vol. VI wormed" and was uncoloured, as were most of the press run and all recent copies showing up in trade or at auction.
¶ Atabey 148. Blackmer 200. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 87. Röhricht 1631. Lipperheide Ma 10. Colas 438. Hiler 113.

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Browne, William George. Travels in Africa, Egypt, and Syria. London, T. Cadell jr., W. Davies, T. N. Longman, O. Rees, 1799. London, T. Cadell jr., W. Davies, T. N. Longman, O. Rees, 1799. 4to. XXXVIII, 496 pp. With engr. frontispiece, engr. plan, and 2 engr. maps. Contemp. calf by McKinnell & McKie, Dumfries (spine rebacked).

First edition. "Browne was the first European to visit Darfur, previously known merely as a name" (cf. Henze). Contains accounts of the climate, fauna and flora, customs of the natives, etc. "Browne arrived at Alexandria in 1792 and explored the antiquities at Siwah, Cairo and Kossier. He then decided to go with the great Sudanese caravan to Darfur, and his was the first European description of the area. He was detained there by the sultan but spent his time usefully in examining the country and 'solacing his ennui by the education of two young lions' (DNB). He returned with the caravan in 1796 having obtained remarkably accurate information on the course of the Nile and arrived in England in 1798 by way of Syria, Asia Minor and Constantinople. He later travelled in Turkey and the Levant generally, meeting an untimely end at the hands of Persian bandits in 1813" (Blackmer). - Binding professionally restored. Some browning throughout. Formerly in the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer. The copy from the library of Ernst August II of Hanover commanded £2,200 at Sotheby's Blackmer sale in 1989.
¶ Blackmer 219. Howgego I, B170. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 91. Gay 43. Henze I, 349. Graesse I, 549.



Brun, C. De redding der bemanning van het Nederlandsch brikschip... Nijverheid, verbrant in de Indische zee benevens de beschrijving eener reis op de kust en in de binnenlanden van Oost-Afrika. Rotterdam, Mensing van Westreenen, 1818. Rotterdam, Mensing van Westreenen, 1818. 8vo. XXIII, (1), 389, (1) pp. With woodcut vignette on title-page. Original printed boards.

First edition. - Detailed report of the homeward journey of the crew of the Dutch ship "Nijverheid", wrecked in the Indian Ocean. In addition to the account of the loss of the ship and the rescue of the crew, Brun provides a comprehensive description of the states of Oman, Mosambique and Madagaskar. The account of Mascate includes comments on the great abilities of the Arabian seamen in operating nautical instruments, as well as on the beauty of Arabian women. Two tribes are mentioned specifically: the Harthy clan ruled by Sheikh Abdalla Ben Djemo, Governor of Zanzibar, and another under the rule of Emir Saleh. In the ensuing short history from the sixteenth century onwards, the Al Qasimi play a prominent role. - Contemporary ownership "B. Poortman, Rotterdam" on title page. Occasional slight browning, but altogether very well preserved. Rare.
¶ OCLC 63869111.


16th century Life of the Prophet, illustrated

Bry, Johann Theodor & Johann Israel de. I. Acta Mechmeti I. Saracenorum principis. Außführlicher Bericht,... von Ankunfft, Zunehmen, Gesatzen, Regirung und jäm[m]erlichem Absterben Mechmeti I. Genealogia seiner Successorn, biß auff den jetztregirenden Mechmetem III. Auß vielen glaubwürdigen Autoribus fleissig zusammen getragen. II. Propheceyung. Keysers Severi un[d] Leonis, sampt etlichen andern Weissagungen, vom Undergang deß Türckischen Regiments bey jetztregirenden Mechmete III. [Frankfurt/Main], Gebr. Hans Dietrich & Hans Israel de Bry, 1597. [Frankfurt/Main], Gebr. Hans Dietrich & Hans Israel de Bry, 1597. 4to. (8), 101, (3) pp. With engr. title border and 26 engravings in the text. Marbled boards (c. 1900).

Very rare first German edition; published simultaneously in Latin. "The first part of this work deals with Mohammed the Prophet, the ten illustrations depicting scenes from his life. It was reprinted, complete with the engravings, in 1664 by Wilhelm Serlin in his Chronica Turcica. The second part, containing sixteen allegorical engravings, records a prophecy of the downfall of the Turkish Empire" (Blackmer Sale). - Slightly browned and brownstained throughout; several edge defects remargined (slight loss to text at lower edge of ff. B4 and M1), but complete (the incomplete copy sold at the Atabey Sale in 2002 commanded £9,560).
¶ VD 16, ZV 2613. IA 126.170. Blackmer 484. Blackmer Sale 92. Göllner 2287. Hiler 5. Lipperheide Lb 11. Cf. Adams B 2978. Atabey 331. Atabey Sale 333. Cicognara 1863. Praz² 291 & 401f. BM-STC German 634. Not in Brunet, Caillet, Colas, Dorbon-Ainé, Ebert, Graesse, Landwehr.


Second volume about the "Nedjed Country"

Brydges, Harford Jones. An account of the transactions of His Majesty's... Mission to the Court of Persia, in the Years 1807-11 [...] To which is appended, a brief history of the Wahauby. London, James Bohn, 1834. London, James Bohn, 1834. 8vo. 2 vols. VIII, 472, XXXIV. (4), V, (6)-238 pp. With 2 lithogr. frontispieces, 9 lithogr. plates on Chine appliqué and 1 folding lithogr. map of Central Arabia and Egypt. Contemp. tan calf bindings, spines renewed in period style.

EUR 18,000.00

First edition. The second volume - and the map - are devoted entirely to the so-called "Nedjed Country". - "The first political and commercial treaty between Great Britain and Persia was concluded in 1801, when the East India Company sent John Malcolm to the Court of Fath Ali Shah. Persia undertook to attack the Afghans if they were to move against India, while the British undertook to come to the defence of Persia if they were attacked by either the Afghans or the French. When the Russians intensified their attacks on the Caucasian Provinces in 1803 annexing large territories, Fath Ali Shah appealed to the British for help, but was refused on the grounds that Russia was not included in the Treaty. The Persians thus turned to the French and concluded the Treaty of Finkenstein in 1807. It was against this background that Harford Jones, who was the chief resident at Basra for the East India Company, was sent to Persia by the Foreign Office in 1809 [...] The French who had now entered into a treaty with Russia (the Treaty of Tilsit in 1807) had lost interest in Persia and removed their political and military missions. Thus the British were able to conclude another treaty with Persia (the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, also called the Treaty of Tehran) which bound Britain to assist Persia in case any European nation invaded her (even if Britain had a treaty with that nation). This treaty was not honoured by the British after the first Persian-Russian War" (Ghani). Volume 2 is devoted exclusively to the Wahhabis, tracing their history from the mid-eighteenth century to their defeat by Egyptian Ottoman forces at the site of the Wahhabi capital, Dariyah (Dereyah), in 1818. - Rare: the only other copy in a contemporary binding on the market within the last 30 years was the Burrell copy (wanting half titles and rebacked; Sotheby's, Oct 14, 1999, lot 127, £8,000). Only slightly browned and foxed (occasionally affecting plates), but altogether fresh, in an appealing full calf binding.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 606. BM IV:457 (941). Wilson 33. Cf. Ghani 53f. (reprint). Diba 79.

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[Buraimi Dispute]. Buraimi, a Saudi Arabian Emirate. Baghdad, 1953 CE - 1373 AH. Baghdad, 1953 CE - 1373 AH. 80 pp. With three printed portrait frontispieces and a full-page map of the Arabian Gulf, all in the pagination. Original printed wrappers, stapled. 8vo.

Only edition of this intriguing and early publication on the so-called Buraimi dispute that involved Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Oman. The Buraimi Oasis had been claimed by the powerful Sultan of Muscat as early as 1819, while two no less powerful personages in the north of the Peninsula, the Sheiks of Abu Dhabi and of Sharjah, both asserted their own suzerainty, and from 1869 on, the Sultan of Muscat and Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi jointly ruled the Oasis. While the Saudis did not claim Buraimi during the border negotiations of 1935 and Zayed Al Nahyan emerged as governor of the region, the dispute flared up once more in the 1950s when the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman quarrelled with the newly-established Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia over the possession of Buraimi. Ultimately, the Sultan managed to fend off such claims with the support of the British government. The present publication, printed in the Kingdom of Iraq at a point when the dispute was steering toward a climax, recounts the history of the conflict, assuming a pro-Saudi (and thus, anti-British) stance; tellingly, it includes portraits of HRH Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud and his sons, HRH Saud ibn Abd al-Aziz and HRH Faisal ibn Abd al-Aziz. - Evenly browned throughout; minor edge chipping and slight discolouration from staples. Extremely rare.



Burchard, Wilhelm. Wilhelm Burchards eines in die 19 Jahr von... Türcken gefangen gewesenen Sachsen auffs neu eröffnete Türckey [...]. Mit vielen Figuren zum andern mahl herraus gegeben. Magdeburg, Johann Daniel Müller, 1691. Magdeburg, Johann Daniel Müller, 1691. 4to. 31 ff. With large folding woodcut plate, 3 double-page-sized folding woodcut plates, and 21 woodcuts in the text (some full-page). Later boards.

Second edition of this very rare description of the Ottoman empire, its state organization, institutions, religion, customs, estates, the city of Constantinople, etc. Includes a list of Ottoman rulers at the end. The author reports from his own experience "how the Turk treats captured Christians". The large folding plate (19 x 116 cm) shows a magnificent procession to the sacrificial ceremony; the smaller ones depict the layout of a settlement, pyramids as burial sites, as well as parts of Constantinople. The text woodcuts show the Prophet Muhammad, the city of Mecca, Turkish priests, teachers, pilgrims, dignitaries, warriors, horsemen, and various types of buildings. The illustration of Emperor Justinian is probably modelled after a 16th century image. - The 1688 first edition was published with an engraved frontispiece but otherwise agrees entirely with the present second one, which is basically a re-issue of the first with only the title page exchanged. As always, the first gathering contains only three leaves: a blank fourth leaf was probably removed by the publisher (rendering erroneous the collation provided by VD 17, citing 32 ff). - Title trimmed; four lines clipped; mounted on backing paper. Final leaf remargined (slight loss to text); some browning and brownstaining throughout. Only two copies in America (Yale, Harvard). From the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer. - No copy recorded at auction within the last decades.
¶ VD 17, 23:647842Y. OCLC 257781269.



Burckhardt, Johann Ludwig (John Lewis). Travels in Arabia, comprehending an account of those... territories in Hedjaz which the Mohammedans regard as sacred. London, Henry Colburn, 1829. London, Henry Colburn, 1829. Large 4to (26 x 21 cm). XVI, 478 pp. With five lithogr. maps (one folding). 19th century three-quarters green levant with prettily gilt spine. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.

EUR 6,500.00

First edition (the second of the same year was in two volumes, octavo). Burckhardt travelled disguised as an Arab, making his notes clandestinely. This work deals primarily with his travels to Mecca and Djidda, Medina and Yembo. The Lausanne-born Burckhardt (1784-1817) was a remarkable character, the first Westerner to visit the Holy Cities. In the guise of a pilgrim "he proceeded to perform the rites of pilgrimage at Mekka, go round the Kaaba, sacrifice, &c., and in every respect acquitted himself as a good Muslim. No Christian or European had ever accomplished this feat before; and the penalty of discovery would probably have been death. [...] Burckhardt possessed the highest qualifications of a traveller. Daring and yet prudent, a close and accurate observer, with an intimate knowledge of the people among whom he travelled, their manners and their language, he was able to accomplish feats of exploration which to others would have been impossible" (Stanley Lane-Poole, in: DNB VII, 293f.). - Old stamp of the "Belcher Library" (Gaysville, Vermont) on first blank, some toning and brownstaining. Rare.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 627. Howgego II, B76. Weber I, 168. Gay 3606. Graesse I, 575. Cf. Blackmer 239. Henze I, 407. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 106 (2nd ed. only). Not in Atabey.

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The fullest account of Wahhabism

Burckhardt, Johann Ludwig (John Lewis). Notes on the Bedouins and Wahabys, collected during... his travels in the East. London, (A. J. Valpy for) Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1831. London, (A. J. Valpy for) Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1831. 8vo. 2 vols. IX, (3), 382 pp. IV, 391, (1) pp. With a folding engr. map. Modern brown half calf with giltstamped spine.

EUR 4,500.00

First edition, second printing. With this work, Burckhardt submitted what was at the time the fullest and most thorough account of the various nomadic tribes of Arabia, including a history of the Wahhabites from their first appearance until 1816 (cf. Henze). A German translation appeared that same year. - The Swiss explorer Burckhardt (1784-1817) travelled through Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Nubia, and the Arabian Peninsula. Under the name "Sheikh Ibrahim", he crossed the Red Sea to Jeddah, passed an examination on Muslim law, and participated in the pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. He died in Cairo and is buried there in the Muslim cemetery. He left his 350-volume library to Cambridge University; his diaries were acquired by the Royal Geographical Society. - Some brownstaining throughout. From the Friends Free Library in Germantown, Pennsylvania (their red library stamp, c. 1880); later in the collection of the British scholar Lawrence I. Conrad (b. 1949), historian of Near Eastern Medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London (his ms. ownership on front pastedown and bookplate to t.p.). Conrad is the author of numerous studies on medieval Near Eastern social history, Arabic and Islamic medicine, and Arabic, Greek, and Syriac historiography.
¶ Embacher 57. Henze I, 406f. Hiler 127. OCLC 4637295. Cf. Macro, Bibl. of the Arabian Peninsula 626. Howgego II, B76 (first print). Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 106. Henze I, 407. Engelmann 104. Brunet I, 1401 (1st print). Graesse I, 575 (1st print).

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Burigny, Jean Levesque de. Histoire des révolutions de l'Empire de Constantinople, depuis... la fondation de cette ville, jusqu'à l'an 1453 que les Turcs s'en rendirent maîtres. Paris, de Bure, 1749. Paris, de Bure, 1749. 8vo. 3 vols. XXXVI, 391, (1) pp. XVII, 579, (1) pp. VII, 559, 13 pp. Contemp. calf with double label to gilt spine; leading edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. All edges red.

EUR 6,500.00

First edition of this history of the Byzantine Empire up to the fall of Constantinople and the beginning of the Ottoman reign. - Exceptionally beautiful set from the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer.
¶ Cf. Blackmer 243. Atabey 168 (both dated "1750").

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Inscribed copy

Burton, Richard Francis. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and... Meccah. London, Longman, 1855-1856. London, Longman, 1855-1856. 8vo. 3 vols. With 14 plates (5 chromolithographed), one folding engraved map, and 3 plans (2 folding). Green half morocco gilt by H. Sotheran.

First edition. Author's presentation copy with his autograph inscription to his friend and benefactor James Grant Lumsden in two volumes. - Burton, the first English Christian to enter Mecca (performing the Haj, disguised as a Muslim), was also the first to travel between the Holy Cities of Islam by way of the Eastern route. Alongside Doughty's "Arabia Deserta", the "Pilgrimage" is considered by Penzer one of the "greatest works of travel ever published". Having completed the pilgrimage, Burton, rather than returning to England, sailed for India to join his regiment in Bombay. "He stayed at the house of James Grant Lumsden, a senior member of the Bombay Council, and there wrote the three-volume Pilgrimage" (Howgego). Inscribed: "J. Grant Lumsden DD, R.F. Burton, August 1855" on title page of vols. 1-2. "The son of an Army officer, Lumsden was educated at Haileybury, and went out to India as a writer in 1826. During the ensuing years, his obvious abilities brought him promotion to a number of important posts as Political Agent, Collector, Magistrate, and Judge. In 1848 he was appointed Secretary to Government in the Judicial, General, and Persian Department. He and Burton may well have become personally acquainted the previous year, when Burton sat his Persian examination in Bombay. On 28 November 1853 Lumsden was appointed Provisional Member of Council, becoming a full member the following February" (Godsall). Inscribed copies of Burton's "Personal Narrative" are rare.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 640. Howgego III, B96. Godsall, The Tangled Web: A Life of Sir Richard Burton, 112. Penzer 49f. Casada 53. Spink 7. Cf. Gay 3634 (in -12). Henze I, 429. Auboyneau 59 (2nd ed. 1857).



Busbecq, Ogier Ghislain de. Legationis Turcicae Epistolae quatuor, quarum priores duae ante... aliquot annos in lucem prodierunt sub nomine Itinerum Constantinopolitani et Amasiani. Paris, Apud Aegidium Beys, 1589. Paris, Apud Aegidium Beys, 1589. 186 ff. Contemporary boards. 8vo.

EUR 5,000.00

First publication of these four Turkish letters. Busbecq, a Fleming, was Emperor Ferdinand's ambassador at the Porte from 1555 to 1562. "The first collected edition of all four letters appeared at Paris in 1589. The first letter was printed at Antwerp in 1581, and the second in 1582" (Atabey). Busbecq's letters contain observations of Turkish life and analyses of the Ottoman state. - Insignificant browning; a few old underlinings. Title and endpapers have dated ownerships. Of the utmost rarity, no copy at auction internationally (only the second edition).
¶ Adams B 3331. Graesse I, 580. OCLC 457194296. Cf. Blackmer 249. Göllner II, 2026 (both the 1595 Frankfurt second edition).

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Cadi, Chérif. Terre d'Islam. Oran, Heintz frères for Charles-Lavauzelle in Paris/Limoges/Nancy, 1925. Oran, Heintz frères for Charles-Lavauzelle in Paris/Limoges/Nancy, 1925. 8vo. 164, (2) pp. With 3 colour maps (1 folding) and 6 plates. Contemp. red half calf with marbled covers and giltstamped spine title.

EUR 850.00

Extremely rare French study of Islamic culture, society, religion, and the Islamic countries, with chapters on the Pilgrimage to Mecca, the Holy City of Mecca, Rabigh, Bir Derouich, bedouins, polygamy, the Arabic language, astronomy, legislative reforms, and geography. Binding slightly rubbed at extremities, otherwise perfectly preserved. Removed from the "Bibliothèque de Garnison, Place de Montpellier" with their library and accession stamps (1927) and shelfmarks.
¶ OCLC 223135524.

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