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  • BLISS, Frederick Jones
    A MOUND OF MANY CITIES; or, Tell El Hesy Excavated. Second edition, revised

    London: The Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund, 1898. Octavo, mustard cloth stamped in black & gilt, black endpapers. pp xii, 204, [1], (2, ads), [2] + 4 folding plates; many illustrations in text. Spine lightly darkened, with the gilt lettering dull, else a VG+ clean, tight & unworn copy, no owner names. First ed. was in 1894. "Tell el-Hesi is a 25 acre archaeological site in Israel. It was the first major site excavated in Palestine, first by Flinders Petrie in 1890 and later by Frederick Jones Bliss in 1891 and 1892." - Wiki.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 40943
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  • Pettinato, Giovanni
    Archives of Ebla: An Empire Inscribed in Clay

    Garden City, New York: Doubleday, c1981. Second printing. Cloth & boards. pp (xx), 347, endpaper maps. Tables and maps in text, bibliography, index. "Not for Resale" rubber stamped at front, else VG in lightly used VG price-clipped jacket. An account of the extensive library of clay tables from the ancient empire of Ebla, situated in Syria.

    Condition: Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 44820
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  • BALIOZIAN, Ara, editor
    ARMENIA OBSERVED. An Introduction by Jack Vartoogian

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Ararat Press, 1979. Octavo, card covers. pp (4), xl, 225, (3). Bookstore sticker on title page, else a fine, uncreased copy, no owner names. Armenian-Canadian author. Reprints comments by Dos Passos, De Beauvoir, Neruda, John Updike, Koestler, Mandelstam, Pushkin, Saroyan, van der Post, and many others.

    Condition: Book: Very Good, Binding: Trade Paperback

    Book ID: 30800
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  • NELSON, Bryan
    AZRAQ: desert oasis. With drawings by John Busby and photographs by Eric Hosking and the author

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Allen Lane, 1973. Red cloth. pp (xx), 436 + plates. Drawings and maps in text. Index. Near fine in like, price-clipped jacket. Study of the natural history of this oasis in Eastern Jordan. Note: a bit over 1 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 43964
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  • STARK, Freya
    BEYOND EUPHRATES: autobiography 1928-1933

    Edition: First edition

    London: John Murray, 1951. Green cloth. pp (xvi), 341 + two page map on green paper + photo plates. Index. Rear free endpaper creased, page edges yellowed, book leaned; covers very lightly spotted, else a VG clean and unworn jacketless copy.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51764
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  • WILSON, C. Rivers, Sir
    CHAPTERS FROM MY OFFICIAL LIFE. Edited by Everilda MacAlister.

    Edition: First UK edition

    London: Edward Arnold, 1916. Octavo, dark blue cloth.pp (xvi), 310, (2, blank), 12 (ads) + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and three other plates. Spine has very light darkening, light damp streaks, minor rubbing to tips; light tanning to endpapers; tissue guard browned with consequent tanning to the portrait and the title page; else fine. Chapter XXIV is "Mr. Huntington and the Central Pacific Railway, 1894" and Chapter XXV (pp 267-82) covers his time as President of Canada's Grand Trunk Railway, 1895-1909. The book has quite a bit on Egypt. Wilson was Britain's Minister of Finance 1878-79. "It was largely through his efforts that Egypt gained a constitution, and he played a historic part in the closing scenes of…

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    London: Edward Arnold, 1916. Octavo, dark blue cloth.pp (xvi), 310, (2, blank), 12 (ads) + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard and three other plates. Spine has very light darkening, light damp streaks, minor rubbing to tips; light tanning to endpapers; tissue guard browned with consequent tanning to the portrait and the title page; else fine. Chapter XXIV is "Mr. Huntington and the Central Pacific Railway, 1894" and Chapter XXV (pp 267-82) covers his time as President of Canada's Grand Trunk Railway, 1895-1909. The book has quite a bit on Egypt. Wilson was Britain's Minister of Finance 1878-79. "It was largely through his efforts that Egypt gained a constitution, and he played a historic part in the closing scenes of the reign of its last despotic ruler, Ismail Pasha." - preface.

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    Condition: Book: Very Good, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 10182
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  • SHAH, Indries (The Sayed Indries Shah)
    DESTINATION MECCA

    Edition: First of this edition

    London: Octagon Books, 1969. Second edition (previously published by Rider in 1957, with photos, dropped here). Brown boards. pp 192. Mild foxing on a couple of pages, else fine. Price-clipped jacket has a short tear at foot of spine with consequent crease across lower margin of rear panel, slight wear to head of spine and outer corners, VG otherwise, no owner names. Author's travels in North Africa and the Near East, including his meeting wiith Ibn Saud and with Sufis in Syria. An early book by this well known Sufi apologist and respected author.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 49565
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  • STARK, Freya
    DUST IN THE LION'S PAW: autobiography 1939-1946

    London: John Murray, 1962. Green cloth. pp xii, (297), [3] + plates. Bit of yellowing to page edges, else fine. Green top page edges faded, other page edges yellowed; small ink name at front; small margin chips and tears to a few leaves from careless opening; else fine. Yellow price-clipped jacket has nicks to spine ends, VG otherwise. The famed traveler and Middle East expert's fourth and last volume of autobiography. During the war Stark focused her energies on bringing the Arabs onto the Allied side, or to at least remain neutral.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51615
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  • MATTHIAE, Paolo
    EBLA: an empire rediscovered. Translated by Christopher Holme

    New York: Doubleday, 1981. Cloth & boards. pp 237, index, bibliography, many photos, diagrams, plans, in text. "Not for Resale" rubber stamped on front free endpaper, yellowing to page edges, small corner crease to a number of leaves, VG otherwise. Price-clipped jacket has moderate edge wear; good. Discovery of an ancient city in Northern Syria dating from 2400 BC, the seat of a powerful empire.

    Condition: Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 44819
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  • KINGLAKE, Alex. Wm. (Alexander William Kinglake, 1809-91)
    EOTHEN; or, Traces of Travel Brought from the East. New Edition.

    Edition: First Canadian edition

    Toronto: Adam, Stevenson, 1871. Variant binding of purple-maroon bevel-edged decorated cloth stamped in black & gilt. Title runs vertically up the spine; differences in lettering and ornament from another variant seen. Yellow endpapers. x, 218, (2) pp . Spine sunned to tan, as would be expected with this colour; tiny light spots to front cover; foxing to text early and late; lacking front fly leaf; remains of small label to front pastedown; nice copy otherwise of this Victorian Middle Eastern travel classic. First UK edition in 1844, US edition in 1845. Turkey, Smyrna, Greece, Constantinople, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon in 1834-35.

    Condition: Book: Very Good, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 3302
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  • Tabachnick, Stephen Ely, editor [Charles M. Doughty]
    Explorations in Doughty's Arabia Deserta

    Edition: First edition.

    Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1987. (xii), 275 pp. Fine in fine jacket. Ten essays concerning Doughty's classic ARABIA DESERTA.

    Condition: Book: Fine, Dust Jacket: Fine, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 25885
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  • GOING DOWN FROM JERUSALEM: the narrative of a sentimental traveller. With illustrations by Lawren S. Harris by DUNCAN, Norman
    DUNCAN, Norman
    GOING DOWN FROM JERUSALEM: the narrative of a sentimental traveller. With illustrations by Lawren S. Harris

    Edition: First printing

    New York: Harper, 1909. Octavo, green pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges rough trimmed. pp (10), (211), [3] + colour frontispiece with tissue guard and 16 b&w plates. Spine gilt just a mite darkened; nice bookplate inside front cover of Adelaide Person; Boston bookseller's ticket (Lauriat); else a fine, bright copy. An account of a journey in January from Damascus to Jerusalem, Hebron, Beersheba, El Airsh on the coast, and thence to the Suez Canal and Kantara. Much on the Bedouin and desert travel, one amusing chapter on an avaricious third generation bookseller of Damascus and his dusty store room full of what would be very valuable stock today. Duncan, from Brantford, Ontario, after graduation…

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    New York: Harper, 1909. Octavo, green pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges rough trimmed. pp (10), (211), [3] + colour frontispiece with tissue guard and 16 b&w plates. Spine gilt just a mite darkened; nice bookplate inside front cover of Adelaide Person; Boston bookseller's ticket (Lauriat); else a fine, bright copy. An account of a journey in January from Damascus to Jerusalem, Hebron, Beersheba, El Airsh on the coast, and thence to the Suez Canal and Kantara. Much on the Bedouin and desert travel, one amusing chapter on an avaricious third generation bookseller of Damascus and his dusty store room full of what would be very valuable stock today. Duncan, from Brantford, Ontario, after graduation from the University of Toronto in 1895, was on staff of The New York Evening Post 1897-1901, and lived mainly in the USA after 1900. He worked as a professor at Washington and Jefferson College and the University of Kansas. He made and wrote about several trips to Newfoundland and Labrador and in 1907-08 was a correspondent for Harper's magazine in Syria, Palestine, Arabia and Egypt. The present book records his travels made with the illustrator, a young Lawren Harris, who became a famous Canadian painter and member of the Group of Seven. The book is based on articles he published in Harper's. Adelaide Pearson (1874-1960), from a wealthy Boston family, was a classically trained violinist, the founder of Rowantrees Pottery in Blue Hill, in 1934, long time social worker and a generous benefactress and patron to the arts in Blue Hill, Maine. She was a classically trained musician as a young woman, travelled around the world every year of her life beginning at age 17, and having inherited a house from her maternal grandfather brought to Blue Hill a great cultural influence which extended to many people over the course of many years.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50672
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  • JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY. Twenty-Fifth Volume, Second Half. by HOPKINS, (E. Washburn and Charles C. Torrey, editors).
    HOPKINS, (E. Washburn and Charles C. Torrey, editors).
    JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ORIENTAL SOCIETY. Twenty-Fifth Volume, Second Half.

    New Haven, CT: American Oriental Society, 1904. Tall octavo, hardcover, original black buckram, spine gilt lettered. [2], (iv), (197)-366 pp. Pages 351-58 (from List of Members) and 361-64 (List of Exchanges) have been removed for some reason, complete otherwise. Drawings in text, two plates inserted. Text paper a bit toned, wear to spine tips; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired, VG clean and tight copy otherwise, no owner names. 14 papers: on the Kayans and Sea Dyaks of Borneo, the structure of the Code of Hammurabi, "Notes on Bloody Sacrifices in Palestine", Palmyrene inscriptions, notes on the Rig-Veda, and more. "This volume is for July-December, 1904. Issued December 2, 1904, in an edition of 500 copies." - verso of title leaf.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 17084
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  • HOOKER, Edward W.
    MEMOIR OF MRS. SARAH L. HUNTINGTON SMITH, late of the American Mission in Syria. Third edition

    New York: American Tract Society, c1845. Contains the Preface to the 1840 second edition. Original brown cloth decorated in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. pp [2], 396, [2] + engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. Small worn spots to front joint and head of spine; moderate wear to outer corners; considerable foxing, typical of American books of this period, else a VG tight and unworn copy. Pencil ownership of a Port Abino (Fort Erie), C.W. (Ontario) resident. Mrs Smith (1802-36) ministered to Mohegan Indians in her native Connecticut befor she and her husband sailed for Beruit. "Sarah Smith learned Arabic, French, and Italian, which allowed her to better understand the cultural context and help her husband with…

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    New York: American Tract Society, c1845. Contains the Preface to the 1840 second edition. Original brown cloth decorated in blind, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. pp [2], 396, [2] + engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard. Small worn spots to front joint and head of spine; moderate wear to outer corners; considerable foxing, typical of American books of this period, else a VG tight and unworn copy. Pencil ownership of a Port Abino (Fort Erie), C.W. (Ontario) resident. Mrs Smith (1802-36) ministered to Mohegan Indians in her native Connecticut befor she and her husband sailed for Beruit. "Sarah Smith learned Arabic, French, and Italian, which allowed her to better understand the cultural context and help her husband with translation work. Because she wanted to improve life for women, Smith also founded a mission school for Arab girls, which was attended by girls from Christian, Druze, Muslim, and Jewish families. She hoped the school would give her the opportunity to evangelize, a goal she also worked towards by starting prayer meetings for women.. Smith’s previous mission experience with the Native Americans prepared her for her new mission context. Although she was at first judgmental of Syrian culture, she gradually developed a more nuanced understanding of both Syrian and American culture. She realized that not all Syrian practices had to be rejected before a person could become Christian and that some American approaches to mission repelled the Syrian people. She also decided that since Syrian culture was saturated with “pious language,” Christian ministry should focus more on deeds than words, so she developed a ministry of hospitality and service to the poor. After only three years in the field, Smith died. Unlike the spirit of quiet acceptance that marked the deaths of most missionary wives, Smith expressed anger and frustration; she had finally mastered Arabic, only to die. Despite her short missionary tenure, Smith offers us some of the most thoughtful and culturally-sensitive, female mission theory of the period." - Anneke Helen Stasson.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50160
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  • Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares by TOTT, François de, Baron (Báró Tóth Ferenc), 1733-93
    TOTT, François de, Baron (Báró Tóth Ferenc), 1733-93
    Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares

    Edition: First edition

    Amsterdam: No publisher, 1784. Four volumes, in old quarter mottled calf and patterned boards, tan morocco titling pieces. pp lvi, 274; 301; 252; 208; half-title in each volume; woodcut title page vignette and head pieces. Bindings with modest rubbing and wear to the edges and spines; some inner hinges cracked but all quite firm; Vol. I has a very small chip at head of spine and a small abrasion to upper front joint; otherwise VG+ externally, internally fine, with normal paper rippling. >>>De Tott was a French military officer and diplomat of Hungarian origin. Upon first traveling to Constantinople in 1755 as the secretary of his uncle ambassador Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, de Tott learned Turkish and made…

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    Amsterdam: No publisher, 1784. Four volumes, in old quarter mottled calf and patterned boards, tan morocco titling pieces. pp lvi, 274; 301; 252; 208; half-title in each volume; woodcut title page vignette and head pieces. Bindings with modest rubbing and wear to the edges and spines; some inner hinges cracked but all quite firm; Vol. I has a very small chip at head of spine and a small abrasion to upper front joint; otherwise VG+ externally, internally fine, with normal paper rippling. >>>De Tott was a French military officer and diplomat of Hungarian origin. Upon first traveling to Constantinople in 1755 as the secretary of his uncle ambassador Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, de Tott learned Turkish and made the political situation in the Crimea his special study. Returning to Crimea in 1767 as French consul, he incited the Tatars to rebel against Imperial Russia and subsequently played a significant role on the side of the Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, being tasked with defending the Dardanelles against the Russian fleet. He travelled across the Ottoman Empire, visiting coastal cities around the Mediterranean Sea, mainly Alexandria, Aleppo, Smyrna, Salonika and Tunis. De Tott lived in Turkey for 23 years. He also prospected the area for the construction of a canal in Suez and was appointed Inspector-General of the Levant for France in 1776. This work is credited with being the first objective account of Turkey by a Western writer. "According to Herold, Bonaparte in Egypt, De Tott was in fact an agent of the French secret service, and his inspection tour was a cover for exploring the possibility of a French seizure of Egypt; he prepared a special report on this subject for the French Foreign Office. His memoirs had a great success; they provide objective information and a new unromantic view of the Ottoman Empire." (Blackmer Collection 1667). 2 kg parcel.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 48903
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  • TOWNSHEND. Charles Vere Ferrers, Major General
    MY CAMPAIGN

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: James A. McCann, 1920. Two volumes, tall octavo, green cloth, top edges gilt. Volume I: pp xvi, 377, [3] + frontispiece portrait and 7 maps (6 folding). 6 small sketch maps in text. Volume II: pp (8), 343 + one map. One sketch map in text. Complete. Slight rubbing to spine ends and outer corners; a very good clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy. World War I in Mesopotamia. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 42327
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  • FORSTER, E.M.
    PHAROS AND PHARILLON

    New York: Knopf, 1961. Later edition (first was in 1923). Decorated boards. Mild rubbing to spine ends, small ink name and shallow indentation from pencil mark at front, yellowing to page edges, else fine. Price-clipped jacket lightly yellowed on spine, else fine. A book about Alexandria, Egypt.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 51142
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  • DOE, Brian
    SOUTHERN ARABIA

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971. Yellow cloth. pp 267 + numerous plates (some in colour); line drawings and plans in text. Fine copy, no owner names, in VG jacket. Archaeology of Southern Arabia by an author who had lived in Aden for nearly 20 years, becoming Director of the Department of Antiquities for the government. A volume in the publisher's New Aspects of Archaeology series. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.

    Condition: Book: Fine, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 25875
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  • MA'OZ, Moshe
    STUDIES ON PALESTINE DURING THE OTTOMAN PERIOD

    Edition: First edition.

    Jerusalem: The Magnes Press / The Hebrew University Institute of Asian and African Studies, 1975. Orange boards. pp (xx), 582. Small ink name at front, else fine. Dust jacket has some sunning to spine and inner margins of panels, else fine. 1.5 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 50988
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  • TOOMBS, Lawrence E. (Kevin G. O'Connell, editor).
    TELL EL HESI. Mondern Military Trenching and Muslim Cemetery in Field I, Strata I- II.

    Edition: First edition.

    Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1985. Tan printed cloth. (xxii), 250 pp, photos, four folding plans in pouch at rear. A fine copy. The Joint Archaeological Expedition to Tell el-Hesi, Volume Two. "Tell el-Hesi, located in southern Israel at the juncture of the Negev Desert and the foothills of the Judean Mountains, provides an excellent opportunity for the archaeological study of the impact of a variety of physical environments on the peoples who inhabited a single site. The site has been occupied at various times from the Early Bronze Age through to the military trenching of 1948. Level one revealed the modern military trenching. Level two contained a Muslim cemetery that the author has dated to the period…

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    Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1985. Tan printed cloth. (xxii), 250 pp, photos, four folding plans in pouch at rear. A fine copy. The Joint Archaeological Expedition to Tell el-Hesi, Volume Two. "Tell el-Hesi, located in southern Israel at the juncture of the Negev Desert and the foothills of the Judean Mountains, provides an excellent opportunity for the archaeological study of the impact of a variety of physical environments on the peoples who inhabited a single site. The site has been occupied at various times from the Early Bronze Age through to the military trenching of 1948. Level one revealed the modern military trenching. Level two contained a Muslim cemetery that the author has dated to the period 1600-1800 A.D. This work analyzes the military trenching and provides the first statistical analysis of an entire cemetery in this geographic region. Using a computer code to analyze numerous attributes describing the burial cysts, skeletal data, and grave goods, the author has developed a typology of burials and drawn conclusions about the community which they represent. More than eighty photographs of individual burials and burial goods in addition to tables, plans, and section drawings illustrate the text. The methodology employed in this work makes it a valuable source of information for archaeologists investigating burials in any cultural context. The broader audience of anthropologists interested in burial customs will also find the book useful." Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

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    Condition: Book: Fine, Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 21042
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