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Heth and Moab Explorations in Syria in 1881 and 1882 - Claude Reignier Conder

1883 - Richard Bentley & Son, London - First Edition
A bright copy in original cloth of Captain Conder’s substantial record of his explorations in Syria between 1881 and 1882, published for the Palestine Exploration Fund.

Conder began his expedition in North Syria, before travelling to Kadesh and Jordan, and his work includes chapters on Mount Gilead, Ammon, and the Belka Arabs, as well as Syrian superstitions and Arab folk lore, together with a detailed appendix. Illustrated with four full page engraved plates, and a sketch map of Syria.
 
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Travels in Arabia Deserta - Charles M. Doughty

1888 - At The University Press, Cambridge - First Edition
A superb and thus scarce two volume first edition of what Howgego describes as ‘one of the great classics of travel literature’, an ‘unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia.’ (Oxford DNB). Profusely illustrated throughout with plates (many folding), sketches, maps and diagrams, together with large and magnificent folding colour ‘Sketch Map of Itinerarium of part of North Western Arabia and Negd’ in pocket at rear of volume 1. Housed in a bespoke matching green morocco and cloth clamshell case by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine lettered in gilt, enclosing two separate green cloth chemise.

‘I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said.’ - T. E. Lawrence
 
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With The Afghans - Claud Field

1908 - Marshall Brothers, London - First Edition
A near fine first edition of this history of the Afghans, their racial origins, customs, religion, literature together with a history of Christian missionary work inside the country. Includes a chapter entitled Persian Influences on the Afghans: Sufism, which the author singles out as the only cultural influence of Iran on the Afghans.

Claud Field was a Christian missionary, first appointed to Peshawar in 1892.

Illustrated with frontispiece, a map, and fifteen photographic plates.
 
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The Monuments of Egypt; or, Egypt a witness for the Bible, - with - Notes of a Voyage up the Nile by an American. - Francis L. Hawks (editor), John L. Stephens

1850 - Geo P. Putnam, New York - First Edition
Striking copy of this comprehensive description of Egypt intwo parts, the first compiled from various well known works, and illustrated throughout with colour and tinted lithographs, and black and white in-text sketches and drawings. Uncommon in original publisher’s gilt illustrated cloth, without restoration or rebinding.

The second part titled ‘
Journal of a Voyage up the Nile, made between November, 1848, and April, 1849’ is an entertaining travelogue commonly attributed to John Lloyd Stephens, the renowned American archaeologist, famed for his exploration of the Maya runs in Central America, and an acquaintance Hawks met in London. 
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Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan, of Kabul; with his political proceedings towards the English, Russian, and Persian governments, including the victory and disasters of the British army in Afghanistan - Mohan Lal

1846 - Longman, London - First Edition
A rare and important work. Illustrated with nineteen portraits printed on India paper.

In this two-volume biography, Indian diplomat and author Mohan Lal (1812–77) describes the life of Amir Dost Mohammed Khan (1793–1863), the ruler of Afghanistan. The work also includes an eye-witness account of the disastrous First Anglo-Afghan War.

Lal, who was attached to the British mission to Kabul, had prepared an account in English and Persian which was lost during the chaos of the War, but he later put the story together again. In his Preface, Lal apologises to the reader for his abundant errors both in grammar and idiom and explains that anecdotes about the Amir's adventures and morals were generally communicated to him second-hand. However, the book, which contains illustrations and draws on personal correspondence, is a fascinating account of the ruler himself and of his political dealings with the English, Russian and Persian governments at the time of the 'Great Game' in Central Asia. [CUP]
 
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph - T. E. Lawrence

1935 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Trade Edition Limited to 750 copies
A superlative copy, in the delicate pigskin which is usually found it much poorer condition. Number 573 of the limited edition of 750 numbered copies in original quarter pigskin, with an extra four colour plates. In total 54 plates and illustrations, four folding maps, and three facsimiles.

Together with two other relevant volumes:- The first edition of ‘
Oriental Assembly’ (Williams & Norgate, 1939) which contains the suppressed introductory chapter for ‘Seven Pillars’ and other miscellaneous writings by Lawrence mostly concerning the Arab campaign; and the revised edition of Liddell Hart’s brilliant and illuminating ‘T. E. Lawrence. In Arabia and After’ (Cape, 1935).

The autobiographical and legendary account of the experiences of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia') while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. Winston Churchill stated that this ‘ranks with the greatest books ever written in the European Language’.

‘With its richly detailed evocation of the land and the people Lawrence passionately believed in, its incisive portraits of key players, from Faisal ibn Hussein, the future Hashemite king of Syria and Iraq, to General Sir Edmund Allenby and other members of the British imperial forces,
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an indispensable primary historical source. It helps us to understand today’s Middle East, while giving us thrilling accounts of military exploits (including the liberation of Aqaba and Damascus), clandestine activities, and human foibles.’ [Penguin] 
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T. E. Lawrence by his Friends - with - The Letters of T. E. Lawrence and - Letters to T. E. Lawrence (Three Volumes) - T. E. Lawrence

1937 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Editions, ‘Letters to Lawrence’ second impression, with corrections.
The more personal side of Lawrence revealed best in these two volumes of letters together with the wonderful collection of over eighty written sketches by friends, a project compiled and edited by his brother A. W. Lawrence, who explains in the introduction that ‘each of those invited to write in this book was asked to limit himself to that aspect of my brother which he personally knew best, and to be candid, critical and personal’.

Those contributing include such greats as Winston Churchill, Bernard Shaw, Robert Graves, Liddell hart, and Apsley Cherry-Garrard, their anecdotes cover a wide range, not only military but other facets such as ‘
Motor Bicycling’, ‘Speed Boats’, ‘Music’, ‘Home’, and ‘The Boy and the Man’. 
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph - T. E. Lawrence

1935 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Trade Edition
A finely bound example of this autobiographical and legendary account of the experiences of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia') while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. Illustrated with 54 plates, and four folding maps.

Winston Churchill stated that this ‘ranks with the greatest books ever written in the European Language’.

‘With its richly detailed evocation of the land and the people Lawrence passionately believed in, its incisive portraits of key players, from Faisal ibn Hussein, the future Hashemite king of Syria and Iraq, to General Sir Edmund Allenby and other members of the British imperial forces,
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an indispensable primary historical source. It helps us to understand today’s Middle East, while giving us thrilling accounts of military exploits (including the liberation of Aqaba and Damascus), clandestine activities, and human foibles.’ [Penguin] 
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