Books on the Middle East and North Africa at Archway Books


Alexander, Frances Gordon and Evelyn Cobbold.  Wayfarers in the Libyan Desert  New York: Putnam, 1912.  Gilt deccorated cloth octavo; xi, 257 pages; b&w photo plates and text illustrations throughout. Book is almost like new in a dust jacket that has a few small chips and closed tears along the edges. Hard to imagine that there's a better copy out there. American edition published under Ms. Alexander's name, UK edition under Lady Cobbold's        $125.00

Baba Tahir, Hamadani.  The Lament of Baba Tahir, Being the Rubaiyat of Baba Tahir, Hamadani (Uryan). The Persian Text Edited, Annotated and Translated by Edward Heron-Allen and Rendered into English Verse by Elizabeth Curtis Brenton  London: Bernard Quaritch, 1902.  Small quarto, paper boards; xxiv, 87 pages; boards worn, some staining to pages. 62 quatrains by mendicant Persian poet of the 5th century A.H. Includes Persian text, literal translatio by Heron-Allen, and poetical rendering by Mrs. Brenton.        $20.00

Baer, Yitzhak.  A History of the Jews in Christian Spain  Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1966.  Two volumes, cloth octavo; x, 463; xvi, 537 pages; endpaper maps; very good condition. Monumental work on the subject, first published in Hebrew in 1945 and in English in 1961 (a translation of the revised Hebrew edition of 1959).        $45.00

Bell, H. Idris.  Jews and Christians in Egypt: The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria and the Athanasian Controversy  London: British Museum, 1924.  Cloth quarto; 140 pages; four colotype plates of papyri from the British Museum. Cover cloth discolored, light foxing to plates, good condition overall        $85.00

Boahen, A. Adu.  Britain, the Sahara, and the Western Sudan, 1788-1861  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1964.  Cloth ovtavo; xiv, 268 pages; very good condition in lightly worn dust jacket; occasional pencil marks in margins. Account of British exploration and politics in regions traditionally considered within the French sphere of influence        $25.00

Cowper, Henry Swainson.  The Hill of the Graces, a Record of Investigations among the Trilithons and Megalithic Sites of Tripoli  London: Methuen, 1897 .  Cloth octavo; 327 pages; line drawings and b&w photos throughout; folding maps; slight edge wear, otherwise very good condition. Archaeology of the megalithic sites of Libya        $60.00

Curtiss, Samuel Ives.  Primitive Semitic Religion To-day; A Record of Researches, Discoveries and Studies in Syria, Palestine and the Sinaitic Peninsula  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1902.  Cloth octavo; 288 pages; 28 photo plates; very good condition. Eyewitness account of popular religious beliefs and customs, drawing parallels to the same in the Bible. Author was American professor of Old Testament literature who spent 14 months in the Middle East, and the result is a curious mix of prejudice and scholarship.        $45.00

Daumas, Eugene.  The Ways of the Desert  Austin: University of Texas Press , 1971 .  Cloth octavo; viii, 193 pages; very good condition in price-clipped jacket. First published in French in the mid-19th century, a detailed account of everyday nomadic life in Algeria, written by a French general with close help from an Arab emir.        $20.00

Desvergers, Noel.  Arabie  Paris: Firmin Didot, 1847 .  Octavo, later half morocco; 524 pages; 44 engraved plates , folding map; very good condition. From the "L'Univers" series.        $175.00

Donaldson, Dwight M..  The Shi'ite religion: A History of Islam in Persia and Irak  London: Luzac, 1933.  Tall cloth octavo; 393 pages; b&w photo plates; cover cloth is rippled but book is in very good condition internally        $125.00

Halen, Juan Van.  Narrative of Don Juan Van Halen's Imprisonment in the Dungeons of the Inquisition at Madrid, and his Escape in 1817 and 1818; to Which are Added, His Journey to Russia, His Campaign with the Army of the Caucasus, and His Return to Spain in 1821  New York: J.J. Harper, 1828.  Cloth octavo; 388 pages; ex-library, recent buckram library binding; title page repaired and reinforced; light browning and foxing throughout.        $95.00

Hanebutt-Benz, Eva; Glass, Dagmar; Roper, Geoffrey (eds.).  Sprachen des Nahen Ostens und die Druckrevolution. Middle Eastern Languages and the Print Revolution  Westhofen: Skulima, 2002.  Quarto, wraps; 555 pages; light shelf wear, otherwise as new. Cataloue and comapnion to exhibition at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany. Twelve articles on the history of printing in the Middle East: Armenian, Arabic, Coptic, Hebrew, Persian, Syriac, Turkish. Full text of all articles in both German and English. Copiously illustrated        $125.00

Hoefer, M. F..  Afrique australe, Afrique orientale, Afrique centrale, Empire de Maroc  Paris: Firmin Didot, ca 1860.  Octavo, later half morocco; 498 pages; 17 engraved plates , 2 folding maps; very good condition. From the "L'Univers" series.        $75.00

Hollister, John Norman.  The Shi'a of India  London: Luzac, 1953.  Tall octavo; 440 pages; b&w photo plates. Fine condition in fine dust jacket        $150.00

Hutchison, William Antony.  Loreto and Nazareth: Two Lectures, Containing the Results of Personal Investigation of the Two Sanctuaries  London: E. Dillon, 1863 .  Cloth octavo; 92 pages; engraved frontispiece, 4 plans; backstrip relaid, binding a little loose, good or better overall. English priest's personal examination of the Holy House at Loreto, Italy, and the Sanctuary at Nazareth, whence the Holy House was transported to Loreto by angels on May 6, 1291. He offers his sketches and measurements as evidence for the miracle.        $35.00

Ibn Jubayr, Muhammad Ibn Ahmad .  Voyages   Paris: Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Letters , 1949-56.  Three quarto volumes in wraps; 409 pages; fine condition; pages unopened. A native of al-Andalus, Ibn Jubayr made the Hajj in 1184 C.E. His detailed description of the journey from Granada to Mecca and back is one of the most important medieval accounts of the pilgrimage. Translated into French and annotated by Maurice Gaudefroy-Demombynes. Ibn Jubayr's text is complete in these three volumes; an index was published later.        $75.00

Lamba, Henri.  Droit Public et Administratif de l'Egypte: Lois Organiques du Khedivat  Cairo: Imprimerie Nationale, 1909.  Cloth octavo; 694 pages, foldout map; very good condition. Official publication of the khedival government, summarizing the body of civil law. Book plate of American Legation, Cairo, no other library marks        $65.00

Meistermann, Barnabas.  Guide to the Holy Land  New York: P.J Kenedy, 1923.  Gilt decorated red cloth; 744 pages; 40 color maps and plans (many foldout); rubber stamp of seminary library on front and rear pastedowns, otherwise very good condition. Second edition in English of this thorough guide for pilgrims using maps supplied by Baedeker        $37.50

Michalowski, Kazimierz.  Faras, Fouilles Polonaises 1961  Warsaw: Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1962.  Cloth quarto; 187 pages; 1 color plate, 170+ b&w photos; very good condition in worn jacket with closed tears. Detailed account in French of Polish excavations at Faras (the ancient Pakhoras) just before it was covered by the waters rising behind the Aswan dam. The site included Pharaonic, Meroitic, Byzantine, Coptic, and Arabic monuments        $25.00

Renaudot, Eusebius, ed..  Liturgiarum Orientalium Collectio  Frankfurt: Joseph Baer, 1847.  Two quarto volumes in decent amateur quarter-cloth binding with marbled paper boards; cxxii, 522, 646 pages; some pages browning, inner front hinge of volume two broken but binding is intact externally. Liturgies of the Coptic, Syrian and Nestorian Churches, translated into Latin with commentary by 18th century French Orientalist        $175.00

Snouck Hurgronje, C..  De Islam en het Rassenprobleem  Leiden: Brill, 1922.  Octavo wraps, 26 pages; corners bent, very good overall. Lecture on Islam and the "race problem," given on the 347th anniversary of the Leidsche Hoogeschool, February 8, 1922        $10.00

Snouck Hurgronje, C..  Verspreide Geschriften; Deel III, Geschriften Betreffende Arabie en Turkije  Bonn,: Schroeder, 1923.  Quarter-cloth octavo, paper boards; 375 pages; light foxing, very good condition overall. 21 articles by Snouck Hurgronje on Arabia and the Ottoman Empire, written between 1885 and 1923; mostly in Dutch, with some German, English and French.        $35.00

Snouck Hurgronje, C..  Verspreide Geschriften; Deel VI, Boekaankondigingen, Verscheidenheden, Registers, Bibliographie   Leiden: Brill, 1927.  Quarter-cloth octavo, paper boards; 597 pages; light foxing, very good condition overall. Book reviews and miscellaneous writings of Snouck Hurgronje, along with an index to all six volumes of the "Verspreide Geschriften" and a bibliography of all of his publications        $22.00

Tardieu, Amedee.  Senegambie et Guinee, Nubie, Abyssinie  Paris: Firmin Didot, 1847.  Octavo, later half morocco, 3 volumes in 1; 388, 136, 48 pages; 38 engraved plates , 4 folding maps; very good condition. From the "L'Univers" series.        $75.00

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