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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, 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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5 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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6 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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7 Burton, Capt. Sir Richard F. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Meccah. Edited By Lady Burton. With an Introduction By Stanley Lane-Poole [Two Volumes]
London G. Bell and Sons, Ltd. 1926 Reprint Edition Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd., 1926. First published in 1855, Burton's visit to the holy cities of Arabia, in disguise, remains a fascinating tale today. First reprinted in Bohn's Standard Library in 1898; here redone again as part of Bohn's "Popular Library." Not common. Two small volumes bound in green cloth with ruling and a stamped bell on the front covers; titling in gilt on the spine. Clean texts; Volume One is xxx, 436 pages and contains the Prefaces from the First and Third editions; Volume Two is vi, 479 pages, with the Index. Previous-owner signature on the front endpapers; light sun to the spines. Else Fine copies. . Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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8 Burton, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [Volume One Only]
London The Burton Club 1907 Facsimile Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
London: The Burton Club, 1907. Burton's translation remains the gold standard and is always a rewarding read. This is a Fine copy of Volume One only of the "Medina Edition" in a modern rebind. Gray cloth binding titled in gilt on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 362 pages; indexed. Top-edge is gilt, others rough-cut. The Burton Club editions were LIMITED to 1000 copies. There is no publication date. However, this was the second of the "catchword edition" issued by the Burton Club; Penzer places it as 1907. . Facsimile Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
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9 Burton, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [Volume VII only]
London The Burton Club 1907 Limited Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: The Burton Club, 1907. Burton's translation, first published in 1885-1888, remains one of the most popular. This is a Very Good copy of Volume Seven only of the "Medina Edition" privately printed by the Burton Club "for subscribers only" and which was LIMITED to one-thousand sets, this being #186. While there is no publication date, Penzer notes this as 1907. Gray cloth binding with titling on a paper spine label. Clean text; viii, 382 pages. Indexed. Top-edge is gilt, others rough. Bookplate on the front paste-down. Bumped, with spine and label darkened; moderate soiling. A solid copy, to be read and enjoyed today.. Limited. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
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10 Burton, Richard F. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [Volume VIII only]
London The Burton Club 1917 Limited Hardcover Very Good (Minus) No Jacket 
London: The Burton Club, 1917. Burton's translation from the Arabic first appeared in 1885 and remains one of the the most popular. This is a Very Good (minus) copy of Volume Eight (of 17) in the urton Club series of reprints. There is no publication date but Penzer places the series start as 1903-1905, with a new issue arriving every two years. This is from the "Shammar Edition" that was the seventh of the eight; counting fingers indicates 1917 as probable. The editions were LIMITED to 1000 copies. Tan cloth binding with a paper titling label on the spine. Clean text; 359 pages. Index. Frontis portrait and numerous others within. Top-edge ios gilt, others untrimmed. Small stamp from a previous-owner on the FFEP. Bumped, with a darkened spine; scuffs and soiling. A solid copy but not the prettiest. . Limited. Hard Cover. Very Good (Minus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
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11 Burton, Richard F. (Translator) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. With Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights [Volume
Denver The Burton Society 1899 Limited Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Denver: The Burton Society, 1899. One of the most famous translations of clasic Arabic literature, first published in 1885. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the posthumous facsimile published by The Burton Society, which was LIMITED to 1000 copies. Penzer considered this the "first and best" of the reprints, although he noted it as a financial failure. This is Volume Five only, containing "The Ebony Horse" and many others. Dark brown (black?) cloth binding with titling in gilt on the spine and front cover. Clean text; xi, 406 pages. Indexed. Red topstain; black endpapers. Bumped; with light fading to the spine (gilt a tad dulled). Both front and rear gutters have splits but are holding well. A solid and attractive copy.. Limited. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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12 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. 
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13 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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14 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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15 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. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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16 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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17 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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18 Doubleday, Frank Nelson Maroc. Being the Truthful Tale of an Expedition to the Land of the Moor Made By Seven Long Islanders in the Fall of the Year 1922
New York Privately Printed 1922 Limited Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
New York: Privately Printed, 1922. Here is a lovely book, an artifact with association to one of the most illustrious families of the American publishing industry: a Near Fine copy of the First Edition, which was privately printed as a sort of travel souvenier of a family trip to North Africa. The Limitation Page has this rather charming disclosure: "There have been printed of this book 277 numbered copies for the sole pleasure of the writers and (possibly) of their inquiring friends." This copy has been SIGNED on a prliminary page by Frank Nelson Doubleday, the founder of the dynasty, and his wife Florence, and by their son Frank Nelson Doubleday. Full leather binding in green, ruled and decorated in gilt, with four raised bands on the spine; titled, with date 1922 on the spine in gilt. Clean text; xv, 191 pages, all ends gilt. Fading around the margins, with the spine gone to brown; else a Fine copy of this rare and interesting book. . Signed by Author. Limited. Full-Leather. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5" - 6" tall. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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19 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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20 Doughty, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta. With a New Preface By the Author, an Introduction By T.E. Lawrence, and All Original Maps, Plans and Cuts
New York & London Boni & Liveright, Inc./The Medici Society 1923 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York & London: Boni & Liveright, Inc./The Medici Society, 1923. "This great travel book is the greatest surely in the English language. 'Arabia Deserta' is not a book: it is a continent." was the judgement of St. John Philby. Originally published in 1888, it was rediscovered and popularized by T.E. Lawrence. This is Volume One only, a Very Good (minus) copy of a Later Printing, including Doughty's Prefaces for the First and Second as well as this. Black cloth binding with titling in green on the spine. Clean text; xxvi, 623 paqes, many unopened. In addition to the internal maps, the rear pocket contains Doughty's map of Northwest Arabia and Negd, in Fine condition due to its heavy, coated stock. Bumped corners; small bookseller's label on the front paste-down; spine lettering is dulled but reradable. Book is a bit loose in feel; perhaps some hinge reinforcement would be called for here. . Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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