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1 Aldington, Richard Lawrence of Arabia. A Biographical Enquiry
London Collins 1955 First UK Edition. Fine No Jacket 
London: Collins, 1955. Aldington's "enquiry" into T.E. Lawrence, found a few chinks in the Lowell Thomas mythmaking. Certainly not the last word on the ever-fascinating Lawrence, but interesting on its own take. This is a Fine copy of the First English Edition (no additional printings). Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Very bright, very clean, despite lacking the dustwrapper. Clean text; 448 pages, indexed, with illustrations.. First UK Edition.. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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2 Aldington, Richard Lawrence of Arabia. A Biographical Enquiry
Chicago Henry Regnery Company 1955 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
Chicago: Henry Regnery Company, 1955. Imagist poet Richard Aldington (1892-1962) launched this savage attack on the reputation of T.E. Lawrence. Perhaps too under the sway of the legend created by Lowell Thomas, he thought him to be a charleton. With the later release of War Records, Lawrence's reputation was secured. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Blue cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 448 pages; with maps, photos, sources, bibliography, index. Lightly bumped; else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is Very Good; unclipped; showing some edgewear, with some creasing and small chips. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
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3 Anonymous (Alexander William Kinglake) Eothen, or Traces of Travel Brought Home from the East
New York George P. Putnam 1848 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: George P. Putnam, 1848. Published anonymously, this is the first work by the English historian Alexander William Kingslake (1809-1891). A report on his travels to Syria, Palestine, and Egypt in 1834, this became one of the most popular travel books of the mid-19th Century. Originally published in 1844, and in America in 1845; this is a Very Good copy of an uncommon early printing (a "New Edition" issued by only one of the original publishers). Green decorative cloth binding with a gilt rendering of a Bedouin mounted on a camel (tent in the background) on both covers; the spine is decorated with an obelisk. An exceptionally attractive design and execution! Clean text; x, 232 pages. Frontis and four other illustrations; all edges are gilt. Bumped at the corners, with very light wear otherwise. Spotting throughout, but the text remains generally bright. Despite these minor flaws, this remains an exceptionally attractive copy.. Later Printing. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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4 Bell, Archie The Spell of the Holy Land
Boston The Page Company 1915 First Edition Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Boston: The Page Company, 1915. Archie Bell (1877-1943) wrote four other titles in Page's "Spell Series" (China, Ireland, Egypt, & the Caribbean Islands). This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition (stated First Impression), an uncommon title. Atractive decorative cloth binding. Scene of a shephers in red, white, green, blue, and gilt on the front cover; similar scene on the spine; gilt lettering. Clean text; xvii, 371 pages; index; top-edge is gilt. Decorative endpapers, eight colour plates, photographs by E.M. Newman; fold-out map. Spine has darkened; Minor rubbing at the margins.. First Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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5 Bell, Lady D.B.E. (Editor) The Letters of Gertrude Bell. Selected and Edited By Lady Bell, D.B.E. (Two Volumes)
New York Boni & Liveright 1927 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York: Boni & Liveright, 1927. Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), often called "The Queen of the Desert," was a traveller. a spy, and an archaeologist, who,like T.E. Lawrence, was instrumental in the formation of the modern Middle East - in particular what is now the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. She died in somewhat mysterious circumstances; her letters were edited by her stepmother and published a year after her death, These are Very Good (Plus) copies of a Later Printing (Eighth Impression) of the First American Edition. Large octavos with a blue cloth binding, beveled edges. Clean text; xiii, 402 pages, with map in rear; and vii, 791 pages, with index, fold-out map. Illustrated. Some light spotting to the edges, and evidence of fade along the margins - the spine is now more of a gray, with gilt lettering that has faded but is still quite readable. Bookplates on the front paste-downs, No dustjackets Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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6 Benusan, S.L. Morocco. Painted By A.S. Forrest. Described By S.L. Benusan
London Adam and Charles Black 1904 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket A.S. Forrest 
London: Adam and Charles Black, 1904. Benusan (1872-1958) was a n author of several works of art criticism; here is combined his travel to the Magrheb with 74 gorgeous colour illustrations by A.S. Forrest. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. A beautiful, and uncommon, book. Decorative yellow cloth binding, the Moorish decorations in blue, red, and gilt. Clean text; 231 pages, with the top-edges in gilt. Mildly bumped, spine perhaps a bit darkened. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by A.S. Forrest. First Edition. 
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7 Brent, Peter T.E. Lawrence
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1975 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1975. An attractive basic introduction to the ever-fascinating "Lawrence of Arabia." Many illustrations, in both colour and black and white. Introduction by Elizabeth Longford. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition (stated). Maroon cloth binding with gilt lettering. 232 pages; clean text. There is a tiny bump to the bottom edge of the front panel. The dustjacket is unclipped; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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8 Burton, Sir Richard The Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night. A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments Made and Annotated By Richard F. Burton
New York The Heritage Press 1962 Reprint. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Valenti Angelo 
New York: The Heritage Press, 1962. Burton's famous translation of the Tales of the Arabian Nights, here in a very high-quality reprint of the 1934 edition issued by the Limited Editions Club. Reduced from six volumes to three; close to 4000 pages. This is a Near Fine set; highly decorative paper-covered boards in orange and black with a cloth spine. No dustjackets; the three volumes are housed in black slipcases. Slight darkening on the spines; the orange color of the first volume (I & II) is very lightly sunned. Take these with you when marooned on a desert isle! Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Valenti Angelo. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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9 Burton, Sir Richard The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi
New York Knopf 1924 Limited. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Willfred Jones 
New York: Knopf, 1924. Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890), an explorer, linguist, Orientalist, and certainly a master of disguise when he became the first European to visit the Holy City of Mecca. Burton claimed to be only the translator of this long poem, the "Lay of the Higher Law," but modern scholarship regards him as the author. This is a Very Good copy of the First Edition Thus, limited to 2040 copies (2000 for sale). 12 stunning wood engravings and other decorations by Willfred Jones. 135 pages, including Burton"s Notes. The binding resembles a batik cloth, with a blue cloth spine and gilt title. The text is clean and fresh. The corners are bumped, with the tips worn-through, and the head and foot of the spine are a bit frayed. No dustjacket. All in all, a decent copy of an attractively-produced and scarce title. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Limited.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Willfred Jones. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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10 Burton, Sir Richard The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi. Translated and Annotated By His Friend and Pupil Sir Richard Burton
Philadelphia David McKay Company 1931 First Thus. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Willy Pogany 
Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1931. Most scholars agree that the "translator" of this book was most likely its actual author, famed explorer Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890). A long poem reflecting some of Burton's Sufi-influenced philosophy. 129 pages. Introduction by Dhan Gopal Mukerji. Beautifully illustrated by famed artist Willy Pogani (1886-1955). Originally published in 1880, this is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition Thus, a very nice production. Silver and black cloth binding with a Pogany illustration tipped-in to the front panel. Previous-owner gift inscription on FFEP; some cello tape residue on the endpapers, else Fine. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Willy Pogany. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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11 Burton, Sir Richard The Perfumed Garden of the Shaykh Nefzawi
London Neville Spearman 1963 First Thus. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good 
London: Neville Spearman, 1963. Burton's classic translation of the Arabian erotic masterpiece was originally published in 1886 for subscribers only. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition Thus, edited and with a new introduction by Alan Hull Walton. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering an the spine. Clean and fresh text; 271 pages. This is a very attractive production, rather uncommon; very bright and clean but bumped at the corners and at the top of the rear panel. The dustwrapper is complete and unclipped, showing wear and wrinkling, mainly at the edges. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Thus.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
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12 Burton, Sir Richard F. The Jew The Gypsy and El Islam
Chicago and New York Herbert S. Stone & Company 1898 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
Chicago and New York: Herbert S. Stone & Company, 1898. These essays by the famed explorer and linguist Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) date to the 1870s, when he was Consul in Damascus.They are controversial; a dispute with the Jewish community led to anti-Semitic content. Much of this has been expurgated, but unfortunately gave credence to the Damascus Blood Libel of 1840 that still rages across the Muslim world. This is a Good to Very Good (Minus) copy of the First American Edition. An important book, and not common. Blue-green cloth binding with a paper label on the spine. Edited, with a Preface and "Brief Notes" by W.H. Wilkins. Generally clean text; xix, 351 pages, deckle; indexed. Frontis portrait of Burton. This is an ex-library copy, with treatments: stamps on FFEP and Title Page; rear pocket removal; number on the spine. Externally there is rubbing to the margins and the hinges have cracked. Although serviceable as it is, Quercus sees this as an excellent candidate for a quality rebind. . First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
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13 Dodge, Walter Phelps The Real Sir Richard Burton
London T. Fisher Unwin 1907 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1907. Although an American, Dodge (1869-1931) was born in Syria. Like Burton, he was a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. First published in June, 1907. This is a Very Good copy of the Second Edition (stated) from September of that year. Variant red cloth decorative binding, with the front cover featuring Greek rulinf, gilt titling, and Sir Richard on a camel, also in gilt. Clean text; 240 pages, including index. Top-edge is gilt, others rough-cut. The fontis cartoon of Burton from "Vanity Fair" magazine; is present, but has come loose. Bumped corners, rubbing to top and bottom of the spine, which is a bit dulled, and with a chip at the bottom. Spine is a bit darkened, with the gilt titling somewhat dulled.. Second Edition. Decorative Cloth. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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14 Doty, Bennett J. The Legion of the Damned. The Adventures of Bennett J. Doty In the French Foreign Legion as Told By Himself
Garden City Star Books (Garden City Publishing Company; the Century Company) 1928 Reprint. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
Garden City: Star Books (Garden City Publishing Company; the Century Company), 1928. An adventurous year for an American serving in the French Foreign Legion in Syria. Certainly every boys dream! This is a Very Good copy of a reprint of the Century first edition, published in the same year. Now uncommon in any edition. Bright orange cloth binding with black lettering and a drawing of a Legionaire on the front panel. Illustrated with photographs. Clean text; 298 pages.Mildly bumped, with a darkened spine. Bookplate on the front paste-down. Lacking the dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Reprint.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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15 Doughty, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta. The Text as Abridged and Arranged By Edward Garnett, with a Prefatory Note By Mr. Garnett, a General Introduction By T.E. Lawrence, and Illustrations By Edy Legrand
New York The Heritage Press 1953 First Thus Hardcover Fine No Jacket Edy Legrand 
New York: The Heritage Press, 1953. A typical beautiful edition of Doughty's classic work from the Heritage Press. "Oatmeal" cloth binding, with Islamic decorations, titling, and figure of an Arab and camel on the covers and spine. First Edition Thus: profusely illustrated throughout by Edy Legrand. Clean text; 453 pages, with Glossary; with decorative endpapers. Present is a pristine copy of the "Sandglass," the newsletter that accompanied the publisher's issues. There is no dustjacket, but present is the cardboard slipcase (one edge has split and has been repaired with linen tape). A worthy addition to anyone's library, and a great read. . First Thus. Decorative Cloth. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Edy Legrand. 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First Edition. 
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16 Doughty, Charles Montague Passages from Arabia Deserta. Selected By Edward Garnett
New York & London Horace Liveright/Jonathan Cape 1931 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York & London: Horace Liveright/Jonathan Cape, 1931. "This great travel book is the greatest surely in the English language. 'Arabia Deserta' is not a book: it is a continent." and ".the greatest epic in all the literature of travel" (St. John Philby). Originally published in 1888, it was rediscovered and popularized by T.E. Lawrence. Doughty (1843-1926) crafted his work in a more leisurely time, hence it also was exceedingly long; these selections by the famous critic and editor Edward Garnett (1868-1937) will certainly suffice for ours. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, which is rather scarce. Glossy black cloth binding with bright gilt lettering. Bright and fresh text, 320 pages (includes a Glossary). The two upper corners are very mildly bumped, else Fine. The dustwrapper is complete but does have several chips at the creases and at the very top of the spine, which is somewhat tanned; there is a split along one edge of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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17 Doughty, Charles Montague Passages from Arabia Deserta. Selected By Edward Garnett
New York & London Horace Liveright & Jonathan Cape 1931 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
New York & London: Horace Liveright & Jonathan Cape, 1931. "This great travel book is the greatest surely in the English language. 'Arabia Deserta' is not a book: it is a continent." and ".the greatest epic in all the literature of travel" (St. John Philby). Originally published in 1888, it was rediscovered and popularized by T.E. Lawrence. Doughty (1843-1926) crafted his work in a more leisurely time, hence it also was exceedingly long; these selections by the famous critic and editor Edward Garnett (1868-1937) will certainly suffice for ours. This is a Very Good Plus copy of the First Edition, which is uncommon. Glossy black cloth binding with bright gilt lettering. Bright and fresh text, 320 pages (includes a Glossary). There is a faint crease along the length of the spine, else a Near Fine copy. Lacking the dustwrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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18 Duncan, Norman Going Down from Jerusalem. The Narrative of a Sentimental Traveller
New York & London Harper & Bros 1909 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York & London: Harper & Bros, 1909. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition. Green cloth decorative binding with gilt panel of desert scenes on front cover and spine. Black-and-white illustrations and a colour frontis by Lawren S. Harris. Clean text; 211 pages, some unopened. Top edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Hints of bumping and rub at the margins, else a Fine copy. There is a very moving, calligraphed gift inscription on the second free endpaper, stamped with the dat (1910). A lovely volume. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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19 Fosdick, Harry Emerson A Pilgrimage to Palestine
Chautauqua, New York Chautauqua Press 1928 Later Printing. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
Chautauqua, New York: Chautauqua Press, 1928. Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969) is considered "the most prominent liberal Baptist preacher of the early Twentieth Century" and was an outspoken opponent of the prevalent racism of the time. A well-written work based upon Dr. Fosdick's travels in the area. This is a Near Fine copy of the Fourth Printing of the First Edition Thus (Macmillan printed for Chautauqua Press which published authors and works related to social justice issues). Brown cloth binding with black lettering. Color plates and a fold-out color map of "The Holy Land." Clean text with occasional pencil mark; 332 pages, indexed. Discreet bookstore label on front paste-down. No dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 Garnett, David (Editor) The Essential T.E. Lawrence
New York E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1951 First Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1951. Selections of Lawrence's writing, in three sections: "Archaeology," "War and Diplomacy," and "The Royal Air Force." This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 328 pages, indexed. Gilt a bit faded, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is complete and unclipped; spine is darkened; some offset tanning to the front flap; there is a tear at the foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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