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Arabian Jubilee - Harry St. John B. Philby

1953 - The John Day Company, New York - First American Edition [First Published London 1952]
To celebrate the Jubilee of Ibn Sa’ud. King of Sa’udi Arabia. H. StJohn B. Philby, the great explorer and authority on Arabia, has here written the first full-length biography of one of the most remarkable men in Middle Eastern Politics. Philby was an intimate friend and advisor to the King for many years.

This book does not pretend to be a full historical record of the life and reign of Ibn Sa`ud. It is rather a pageant of his achievement, set forth in a series of tableaux illustrating characteristic phases of his career - Preface.

With a portrait frontispiece, numerous photographic illustrations throughout the text, genealogical tables, and map.
 
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Arabian Jubilee - Harry St. John B. Philby

1952 - Robert Hale Limited, London - First Edition
In important association copy, owned by Sir Reader ‘Haji’ Bullard, with his notes.

To celebrate the Jubilee of Ibn Sa’ud. King of Sa’udi Arabia. H. StJohn B. Philby, the great explorer and authority on Arabia, has here written the first full-length biography of one of the most remarkable men in Middle Eastern Politics. Philby was an intimate friend and advisor to the King for many years.

This book does not pretend to be a full historical record of the life and reign of Ibn Sa`ud. It is rather a pageant of his achievement, set forth in a series of tableaux illustrating characteristic phases of his career - Preface.

With a portrait frontispiece, numerous photographic illustrations throughout the text, genealogical tables, and map.
 
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Journal of Herbert Edward Pretyman, Lieutenant Grenadier Guards - Written during his Expedition to the Kittar Mountains, between Kenneh (on the Nile) and the Red Sea. 1891 - INSCRIBED - Herbert Edward Pretyman. Rev. Frederic Pretyman.

1892 - Printed for Private Circulation, London - First and Only Edition
Inscribed ‘W. H. Mills from Frederic Pretyman Gt. Carlton 1893.’

A near fine and extremely rare example of this journal which covers Pretyman’s 1891 hunting trip in the Kittar mountains, the Eastern Desert of Egypt, using the only known map of the area produced by Floyer four years earlier. Illustrated with a full page photo-lithographic plate of Herbert Pretyman, 34 other plates from photographs and a two page sketch map of the Kittar Mountains to the rear.

Lieutenant H. E. Pretyman travelled back from Ismalia to London in 1891, he died the same year, whilst Camp Adjutant at Bisley, and it is believed he had not fully recovered from a severe attack of typhoid and jaundice in 1889. His father the Rev. Frederic Pretyman arranged to have the journal published a short while later.
 
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A Journal of the Disasters in Affghanistan, 1841-2 - Lady Florentia Sale

1843 - John Murray, London - First Edition
Let’s get this straight, Lady Florentia Sale was not someone to trifle with, in fact she would have been perfectly capable of leading the India Company into battle against the Akbar Khan, which according to many accounts would have been the better option than Elphinstone’s disastrous decision to retreat from Kabul. Lady Sale’s Journal covers the events in Kabul and the retreat as well as her nine month's captivity and eventual rescue.

Harry Flashman on Elphinstone - ’Elphy outshines them all as the greatest military idiot of our own or any other day.’

The great Flashy on Lady Sale - ‘Dear dreadful Florentia. If you’ve read my Afghan story, you know her, a raw-boned old heroine who’d ridden with the army all through that nightmare retreat over the passes from Kabul, when a force of 14,000 was whittled to almost nothing by the Dourani snipers and Khyber knives. She hadn’t shut up the whole way, damning the administration and bullying her bearers: Colin Mackenzie said it was a near thing which was more fearsome - a Ghazi leaping from the rocks yelling murder, or Lady Sale’s red nose emerging from a tent demanding to know why the water was not thoroughly boiling.’

Illustrated with small map and large folding map to the rear.

From the library of Colonel Reynolds (1863-1931), the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, a regiment that over time has been amalgamated into the Royal Irish Regiment, and who, despite the experiences of Lady Sale, were deployed to Afghanistan 150 years later, serving with distinction.
 
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