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The Koran, Commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed, translated into English immediately from the original Arabic; with explanatory notes, taken from the most approved Commentators. To which is prefixed a preliminary discourse. London, Charles Ackers for John Wilcox, 1734. 4to, Title printed in red and black, five engraved plates (four folding, including a map of Arabia),19th century morocco,rubbed, with gilt spine and later endpapers. FIRST SALE EDITION of the first translation of the Koran made directly from the original (the only previous translation, of 1649, was from a French intermediary). "Sale made this translation "at leisure times only, and amidst the necessary avocations of a troublesome profession" he added a long 'preliminary discourse', a compendium of all that was known about the religion of Islam. The 1734 edition was the only one that was published during his lifetime, but the translation was reprinted in 1746, 1764, and many times afterward, most recently in 1984. In 1921 Edward Denison Ross claimed that Sale's version had not been superseded by any subsequent translation, and that his discourse still remained the best introduction in any European language to the study of Islam. More than fifty years later Sale's objectivity still guarded him from criticism in Edward Said's Orientalism' (ODNB). 1 plate corner cut away, some worming and staining, a few ink mark and inscriptions, some in Arabic, slightly browned. Overall in very good condition.

Item Number: 14488
Price: $4,250

WARING, Edward Scott. A Tour to Sheeraz, by the Route of Kazroon and Feerozabad; with various remarks on the manners, customs, laws, language, and literature of the Persians. London, W. Bulmer for T. Cadell & W. Davies 1807. Folio. 329 pages. 1/4 leather bound , Original binding. Second edition, revised (first edition 1804). Waring, an officer of the East India Company provides a narrative for an expedition to Shiraz in 1802, by way of the Persian Gulf. Waring presents an important survey of Persia both past and present. His account includes discussions on hawk-hunting, Arabian horses, an early account of Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab and Wahhabi Islam, and pearl fishing along the Gulf coast from Ras al-Khaimah, Qatar, Bahrain, all the way to Kuwait. A keen observer and a competent linguist, his work touches on the great Persian epics, along with extensive excerpts from Hafiz, Sa'adi, and Sufism. Waring work is compelling for its descriptions of the customs and manners of Persian society, and the succinct Persian history of the final chapters. Though this is the second edition, Waring himself notes (p. vi) that the Bombay first edition was so riddled with errors as to demand an improved edition. Front board deatched but present, text block solid, writing to both front and rear pastedowns. Staining and water damage throughout. The 2 plates called for are absent but this book is very rare and covers some aspects of life in Iran and the Gulf States that is not found easily elsewhere. In good condition.

Item Number: 14558
Price: $2,500

ERPENIUS, THOMAS. Arabicæ Lingvæ Tyrocinium. Id est Grammatica Arabica; cum varia Praxios Materia, cujus elenchum versa dalit pagella (and with separate pagination: Fabulæ Locmani Sapientis etv. etv.). Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden): Johann Mayor, 1656. 4to. Engraved title vignette. (12),172, 282 pp. Expertly rebound. New edition, after the original was published in 1613, enhanced with many texts of the Qur'an and Arabic poets previously unknown in Europe. Erpenius' Grammatica "still stands as a linguistic and pedagogic monument, which dominated the world of Arabic learning in Europe until the nineteenth century." (Vrolijk 297) Erpenius was a famous and celebrated Dutch Orientalist of his time, he published many Eastern grammars and was holder of the chair of Arabic and Oriental languages at the University of Leiden from 1613 to 1624. A tear in titles right margin (no loss of letters). Last part with annotations in old hand. Occasionally brownspotted. Overall in good condition.

Item Number: 14638
Price: $2,200

Sousa, João de. Vestigios da lingoa arabica em Portugal, ou lexicon etymologico das palavras, e nomes portuguezes, que tem origem Arabica. Lisbon, Published by Na Officina da Academia Real das Sciencias, 1789. 4to. XX, 160 pp. Woodcut device of the Academia Real das Sciencias on title page. Mid-nineteenth century quarter sheep binding over marbled boards. Pictorial lithograph bookplate of José Bernardo Pereira Martins. First edition of the first etymological dictionary to record Portuguese words of Arabic origin, written by Father João de Sousa, one of the premier Arabic scholars of 18th-century Portugal. Sousa was born in Damascus, Syria, and brought up by Syrian Capuchins. He became the first professor of Arabic at the University of Lisbon, as well as a frequently published member of the Academia Real das Sciencias The entries in "Vestigios da lingoa Arabica" are arranged alphabetically in Portuguese, followed by the equivalent Arabic word or source, a transliteration, and an explanation. Also included are words which entered Portuguese through Arabic originally derived from Hebrew, Greek, Persian or Turkish. Included is a short list of English words derived from Persian with Portuguese equivalents showing common Indo-Aryan roots, rather than Semitic. Notable among the many loan words are the names of flowers, vegetables, spices nuts, trees, pharmaceutical plants, the names of towns and villages and words used in architecture or decoration. The work was written at the order of the Academia Real das Sciencias of Lisbon. A second edition appeared in 1830. The next work on the subject, by Francisco de S. Luiz, did not appear until 1837. Small oval brown on white paper binder's ticket of "officina de Encadernador // Santos & Alves // Lisboa // 112, Rua de S. Roque, 114" in upper outer corner of front pastdown endleaf. Slight wear to head and foot of spine and corners. Small repair to upper margin of title-page, two other leaves with even smaller repairs, all without loss. Uncut. A few contemporary marginal ink annotations. Later pencilled annotations. Overall fairly clean and crisp, in very good condition.

Item Number: 14504
Price: $1,850

Mario Puzo, famous for his book The Godfather. "The Godfather" later printing. NY: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1969. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6" x 8.5", 446 pages. Signed and inscribed in felt tip on the front free end page “For Nancy, Best, Mario Puzo.” Mild toning and edge wear to jacket, and previous owner’s ink name to inside front cover, otherwise in very good condition.

Item Number: 13039
Price: $1,500

Cordeiro, Luciano Batalhas da India. Como se perdeu Ormuz. Processo inedito do seculo XVII. Lisbon, Imprensa Nacional, 1896. 8vo. XV, 296, [2] pp. Bound in half blue leather with cloth binding. Publisher's lithographed paper wrappers present. First edition of this classic and important work on the history of Hormuz, Iran and the Arabian Sea region by Luciano Cordeiro. Cordeiro (1840-1900), was a renowned 19th century Portuguese historian, politician, and administrator. In this work, the Cordeiro analyzes and transcribes unpublished 17th century Portuguese official documents and correspondence related with Ormuz, which at the time was under Portuguese rule. He explains the main reasons behind the Portuguese loss of Hormuz in 1622, accounts for the silk trade in the region, the battle of Jasques, the expedition and siege of Queshm, the Anglo - Persian alliance, the rendition of Ormuz , and more. Spine with superficial loss of leather, publisher's wrappers with minor marginal loss of paper, and text browned due to the quality of paper. Overall in very good condition.

Item Number: 14477
Price: $685

WILSON, Lieut.-Colonel Sir Arnold. A Periplus of the Persian Gulf. London: Royal Geographical Society, 1927. 25 pages, including a full-page sketch map. Plus black and white plates. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front. This report pre-dates Wilson's book published in 1928, entitled The Persian Gulf. A most incredible report on the ancient commerce of Persia, that shaped to a large extent the state of affairs in the Middle East region. This is a fascinating and comprehensive historical report on the Persian Gulf, dealing with the early records of commerce dating back to 2000 BC, the important sheltered port of Sur, Albuquerque's control over the Portuguese, etc. Wilson gives us a compelling geographical and historical overview of civilian life, Bahrain and the pearling industry, and the Islamic religion in a time of British presence and much change in Iraq. The author spent almost 18 years in the Persian Gulf and was one of the most important British civil servants in the Middle East. Wilson's rule, however, helped set the stage for Great Arab Revolt in 1920. Because of the major economic investments, British war-time policy in Iraq was very different from western Arabia where they overtly encouraged and aided the Arab Revolt. The British managed to suppress the revolt at great expense. Wilson was later replaced by Sir Percy Cox who was sympathetic to Arab aspirations. This is a complete issue, containing all the ads and seldom found in such good and original condition. Comes with a copy of his book, The Persian Gulf. In very good condition.

Item Number: 14551
Price: $625

BUSCH, Briton Cooper. Britain and the Persian Gulf, 1894-1914. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1967. 22 x 14 cm (inches). XIV, 432 pp. Original Cloth with illustrated dust jacket. A First Edition authoritative guide on the subject of the Persian Gulf and Britain, signed and inscribed by author, Dr. Briton Cooper Busch. This account details the competing European claims for influence in the region and Turkish attempts to challenge foreign powers and to assert influence in the Bahrain-Qatar area. Contents include: The Persian Gulf in the 1890s./ The French Challenge in Oman, 1894-1899./ The Rise of the Kuwait Question, 1896-1899./ The Russian Danger./ Bahrain and the Hasa-Qatar Coast, 1895-1905./ Oman and the Question of the French Flag, 1899-1905./ Kuwait and the Baghdad Railway, 1899-1905./ Toward a Positive Policy, 1900-1905./ Oman and the Arms trade, 1905-1914./ Kuwait and Anglo-Turkish Relations, 1905-1914./ Britain, Russia, and Germany in the Gulf, 1905-1914./ Conclusion: Two Decades of Gulf Diplomacy. Dust jacket slightly rubbed and torn. Otherwise in very good condition.

Item Number: 14481
Price: $580

Stephens, John Lloyd. Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and The Holy Land by George Stephens. London: by Richard Bentley; 1838. 8" x 5," 317 pps. (vol I), 361 pps. (vol II). First edition, second print of John Lloyd Stephen's popular travel account in Egypt and Syria. Stephen's was an American traveller and archaeologist, (1805-1852). In 1834, he traveled to Egypt and Syria. On his return to New York he published in 1837 (under the name of George Stephens) Incidents of Travel in Egypt, Arabia Petraea, and the Holy Land. The bindings are fairly tight on both books with some foxing present on pages; surface soiling on the boards with slight rubbing to the spines. Overall in good condition.

Item Number: 14532
Price: $480

ZAHER, Dr. Ameen Sahid. Arabian Horse Breeding and The Arabians of America. Cairo, Fouad I University Press, 1950. 8" x 11", Book is 147 pages, extensively illustrated throughout with 104 photo plates. Important First Edition book on Arabian Horse Breeding, in it's rare original soft binding. The Arabian horse is a beloved and distinctive breed of horse which dates back 4,500 years and whose bloodline can be found in almost every modern breed of riding horse. Dr. Amin Sahid Zaher was an Arabian horse breeder with the Royal Agricultural Society of Egypt and the head of the lifestock breeding program in Egypt. Some foxing and staining to spine and covers. Original ownership name on inside cover. One blank page missing. Overall good to very good condition.

Item Number: 14235
Price: $450

Passenger to Teheran -- First Edition by Vita Sackville-West. London: The Hogarth Press, 1926.181 pages, 32 Photographic Plates Sackville-West was an English author, poet and aristocrat. "Passenger to Teheran" is an account of Sackville-West's journey to visit her husband, Harold Nicolson, who was serving as a diplomat in Teheran. Along her route she sailed the Nile, stopped in India before sailing the Persian Gulf to Iraq through the mountains to Teheran. Her return to England was equally slow-paced and she traveled dangerous circumstances through the revolution in Russia and Poland. A classic work that showcases Sackville-West's humor and sense of adventure. A good copy.

Item Number: 14226
Price: $450

GOODRICH-FREER, A. Arabs in Tent & Town: An Intimate Account of the Family Life of the Arabs of Syria, Their Manner of Living in Desert & Town, Their Hospitality Customs, & Mental Attitude, With a Description of the Animals, Birds, Flowers & Plants of Their Country. New York: G.P.Putnam's Sons, 1924. 8vo, 9" high X 6" wide, 325 pages. With illustrated black & white photographs. Original orange cloth covers with gilt cover device of Arab on a camel First Edition travel account fascinating for its cultural information as well as information on geography and plant and animal life in Syria. Spine a bit darkened and minor rubbing with a clean inside. Overall in good condition.

Item Number: 14531
Price: $450

Persia Past and Present, 1906

A.V. William Jackson

JACKSON, William A.V. Persia Past and Present: A book of Travel and Research. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1906. 8vo. 471pp, complete with all 136 illustrated plates, 220 photo illustrations and large color fold-out map at the rear of Persia and Afghanistan. Original dark blue cloth with gilt illustration on front cover, gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt. First Edition travel account on Persia. Jackson was an American Scholar and professor of Indo- Iranian languages at Columbia University, who was a great authority on ancient Persian history, language, and literature. Jackson traveled to Persia twice. The main purpose of his first trip in 1903 was to meet Zoroastrians living in Iran and study their customs and religion. Corners and edges rubbed, with some soiling on cover, does not affect illustration. Spine ends frayed with cuts at spine tail, hinges repaired. Complete and in very good condition.

Item Number: 14473
Price: $450

Covers have moderate wear and soil. Book I has a long inscription in the margin of one plate and a few marks in the margins (see notes below). Book II has a 1/2" stain and some partial ink stamps on the front cover, noticeable rubbing and slight delamination of the paper at heel of spine, noticeable bumping and creasing of corners. Except for the noted writing in Book I, interiors are clean and intact. This is a first edition of this two-volume set published by Prince Mohamed Aly in 1935 under the auspices of the Royal Agricultural Society. Aly describes the care and breeding of Arab horses as practiced by the Arabs. The book includes many photographs and reproductions of paintings. The plates are not included in the page counts, so the books ar more substantial than appears from the page counts alone. This book is now very hard to find in any edition. Psyched to Tango Atlantic Richfield. Book I has an inscription in the margin below the photo of Nimr. I was told the inscription is in the hand of Robert O. Anderson. The inscription reads, "Saoud's sire cost me £1750 he was a magnificent Brown Seqlauri Jedran 15.1". The word "hands" has been added at the end in a different ink and handwriting. One page of this volume has an asterisk in the margin and two pages have Xs, all apparently by the second writer. I found no other annotations.

Item Number: 14397
Price: $450

Persia and The Persians, 1887

S. G. W. Benjamin

BENJAMIN, S. G. W. Persia and the Persians. Boston: Ticknor and Company, 1887. 8 Vo. 507 pp, including 57 illustrations. Original blue decorative cloth binding, rebacked. First edition travel account on Persia. Benjamin was the first minister of the US to Persia. Covers his travels through Persia (especially what is now Iran and much on Teheran) and the Middle East. Considered one of the classic and best post-1900 travel accounts of the region. Contents are tight and in good condition with some foxing. This is an ex-Library copy with only one small stamp on the title page. Overall in good plus condition.

Item Number: 14606
Price: $450

VARTHEMA, Ludovico Di. The Itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema of Bologna from 1052 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. Pp. lxxxvi+122 (last blank)+[2](colophon, blank), 1 plate, title page vignette printed in blue & black, 5 full page maps within pagination, facsimile of the original title page, index. Quarter bound in vellum, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, blue/grey buckram, with rectangular device in gilt on upper and lower board. Special Edition limited to 975 numbered copies on Japon vellum of Ludovico de Varthema travels to Arabia, Persia, and India. Varthema was an Italian traveler and explorer and a real discoverer for the Arabias and the Indian Archipelago. He is recorded as being the first Westerner to enter Mecca as a pilgrim. Sir Richard Temple adopts the translation of John Winter Jones from the original 1510 edition. Even where passing over ground traversed by earlier European explorers, Varthema's keen intelligence frequently adds valuable original notes on peoples, manners, customs, laws, religions, products, trade, methods of war, etc. Retains original ribbon marker, has bookplate in center of pastedown on verso of cover. Overall in very good condition.

Item Number: 14485
Price: $425

SAUGNIER, Mess. and Brisson. London, G.G. J. and J. Robinson,1792. First edition in English, after the French first edition of 1791. Voyages to the Coast of Africa: Containing an Account of Their Shipwreck on Board Different Vessels, and Subsequent Slavery and Interesting Details of the Arabs of the Desert and of the Slave Trade as Carried on at Senegal and Galam. 12mo [21.5 x 14 cm]; [i], viii, 500 pp, three parts and a narrative [First Voyage - To Senegal; The Second Part - Voyage to Galem and Return to France; The Third Part- Commerce of Senegal and Galam; Narrative of the Shipwreck and Captivity of M De Brisson] bound in one volume, lacking the map, recent blue cloth with gilt spine title lettering. Saugnier was shipwrecked on January 17, 1784 near Cape Leven, and Brisson in July 1785 at Cape Blanco, both in the Spanish zone of Rio del Oro. A fascinating account of shipwreck and slavery from a first hand account including details on the economic aspects of slavery. Faded spine, page 31 misnumbered [13], page 85 has an ink stain to it and pages 460 and 461 are misnumbered [444 and 445] although the text is confirmed correct; good solid copy.

Item Number: 14476