[Air Services - Bahrain]. Treaty Series No. 92 (1971). Agreement between the... Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the State of Bahrain for Air Services between and beyond their respective Territories. London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1972. London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1972. 8vo. 11 pp. Original wrapperless covers.

EUR 850.00

Agreement between the UK and the Government of Bahrain regarding the operation of airlines between the two countries. Such an agreement had become necessary following Bahrain's independence in 1971, when the British-Trucial Sheikhdoms treaty expired.

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[Bahrain]. HH Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa with... three other sheikhs. Gulf region, 1920s. Gulf region, 1920s. Black and white photograph (gelatin silver print, 80 x 70 mm) mounted on brown cardboard (90 x 85 mm). Captioned in white ink.

EUR 4,500.00

HH Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, KCIE, CSI (1872-1942) was the King (Hakim) of Bahrain from 1923 until his death. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, his palace in Al-Sakhir was a centre where both Gulf Sheikhs and British nobility and political figureheads were regularly invited to dine and discuss foreign policy of the region. The photograph shows the monarch in a deck chair on a ship in the company of noble retainers. The caption reads "Sheikh Hamad. Ruler of group of Islands Persian Gulf". - A well-preserved, glossy print in good contrast.

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[Bahrain]. Treasure Minute Dated 21 March 1957 Concerning a... Gift of Land in Bahrein. London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1957. London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1957. 2 pp. 8vo. Modern binder.

EUR 350.00

Parliamentary minutes regarding the sale of a vacant site of some 4/5ths of an acre in the Manama district of Bahrain, originally acquired in 1903 for the erection of the Victoria Memorial Hospital which was demolished in 1953, to the Ruler of Bahrain, H.H. Sheikh Salman ibn Hamad Al Khalifa, who wished to found a Museum and Public Library on the site. The value of the site was estimated at about 70,000 pounds sterling. - With stamp of "The Law Society, London" (29 March 1957).

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[Bahrain]. A collection of 27 vintage silver prints of... Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, ca 1955-1960. Saudi Arabia, ca 1955-1960. 27 silver prints, various sizes (from 195 x 250 to 95 x 133 mm). Includes three coloured postcards of Mecca.

EUR 6,500.00

A set of rare photographs, most probably taken by professional photographers travelling to Bahrain around 1955-60. Most of the images are captioned in pencil, showing sites in Al-Muharraq and Manama (a tailor's shop, tobacco shop, hospital court yard Muharraq, Arab windows in Muharraq, wind towers, etc.) and everyday scenes (loading a sheep onto a raft, a falconer, etc.).

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[Bahrein - Falconry]. Original press photo (vintage). Bahrein, 1973. Bahrein, 1973. 294 x 203 mm.

EUR 450.00

Captioned on the reverse: "Royal Falcons. Falcons belonging to the Amir of Bahrein perch on royal falconers' wrists at a racetrack near Rifaa al Gharbi. Between races pigeons and doves are released for the falcons to hunt down in a swift and violent chase over the heads of the crowd." - Slight wrinkling to edges, but well preserved.

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[BAPCO]. Bahrain. (Manama, the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited [BAPCO]), 1952. (Manama, the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited [BAPCO]), 1952. Small folio (218 x 283 mm). (48) pp. Original wrappers, colourfully illustrated with Islamic geometrical designs.

EUR 200.00

A portrait of Bahrain, illustrated and printed in English and Arabian throughout, showing the country at a critical moment in it development, transitioning from traditional to modern ways of life with the growing importance of the oil industry. Issued on behalf of BAPCO and Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa I, Hakim of Bahrain, ruler of Bahrain from 1942 until his death in 1961. - A perfect copy.

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Dickson, Violet. The Wild Flowers of Kuwait and Bahrain. London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1955. London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1955. 8vo. 144 pp. With 6 maps, 2 colour plates, 5 half-tone plates and numerous line drawings. Publisher's giltstamped red cloth.

EUR 750.00

First edition. Violet was the wife of H. R. P. Dickson, author of "The Arab of the Desert" and "Kuwait and her Neighbours". - From the library of the Kuwait-based Swiss businessman Sigi S. Bollag with his autogr. ownership to pastedown and title page.

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The Qarmatians of Bahrain

Goeje, M[ichael] J[an] de. Mémoire sur les Carmathes du Bahrain et les... Fatimides. Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1886. Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1886. 8vo. 1 bl. f., (6), 232 pp. Original front printed wrapper cover bound within contemp. red half morocco with marbled boards and giltstamped spine. Marbled endpapers.

EUR 3,000.00

Mémoires d'Histoire et de Géographie Orientales, No. 1, second edition (first published in 1862). Standard work on a mediaeval Shi'a Ismaili group, the Qarmatians of Bahrain, which at this period included much of eastern Arabia as well as the islands that comprise the present state. For much of the 10th century the Qarmatians were the most powerful force in the Persian Gulf and Middle East, controlling the coast of Oman and collecting tribute from the caliph in Baghdad. They instigated what has been termed a "century of terrorism" in Kufa: they considered the pilgrimage to Mecca a superstition and, once in control of the Bahraini state, they launched raids along the pilgrim routes crossing Arabia. In 906 they ambushed the pilgrim caravan returning from Mecca and massacred 20,000 pilgrims. The Qarmatians came close to raiding Baghdad in 927 and sacked Mecca and Medina in 930. The assault on Islam's holiest sites saw the Qarmatians desecrate the Well of Zamzam with corpses of Hajj pilgrims and take the Black Stone from Mecca to Al-Hasa. - The Dutch Arabist and Orientalist de Goeje (1836-1909) taught at the University of Leiden. He was editor of the "Encyclopaedia of Islam" and collated the Bodleian manuscripts of al-Idrisi. - A few contemporary pencil notes in the margins. With an appendix containing relevant Arabic texts. Minor rubbing to binding, but altogether a fine copy of this rare work; no copy in auction records.
¶ Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 1052. OCLC 4738568. Cf. Fück 211 (for Goeje).

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Khoury, H(eneine) B. Glimpses Behind the Veil. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co., [1935]. London, Sampson Low, Marston & Co., [1935]. Large 8vo. X, 342 pp. With portrait frontispiece and 62 illustrations on 23 plates. Original red cloth.

EUR 150.00

First edition. - "The travels (c. 1934) of an Arab girl in the Near and Middle East, including a journey with her brother through Lebanon, Iran and the Persian Gulf. The author, a feminist of sorts, visits Tehran, the Caspian region, Esfahan, Persepolis, Shiraz and Bushehr. She views Reza Shah favorably, 'the roads are safe', modernization, industrial plants, etc." (Ghani). Also contains chapters on her sojourn in the "romantic pearl islands of Bahrein" (with an illustration of the author in local Bahraini costume, a gift of the ruler and his wife). - Occasional slight foxing, but well preserved.
¶ Ghani 208. OCLC 18175528. Not in Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula.

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[Saudi Arabia - Transit Dues at Bahrein]. Treaty Series No. 7 (1936). Exchange of Notes... between His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and the Government of Saudi Arabia regarding Transit Dues at Bahrein. Jedda, November 16, 1935. London, His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1936. London, His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1936. 8vo. 7, (1) pp. Original wrapperless covers.

EUR 250.00

Trade agreement regulating the trade of goods destined for or exported from ports in Saudi Arabia, and carried in ships calling at Bahrein. In English and Arabic. - Some rust-staining in gutter.

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