Middle East

  • # 20076

    FALCONER, Forbes

    Selections of the Bostân of Sâdi. Intended for the use of students of the Persian language (presentation copy)

    London : printed by L. Schonberg, for Allen & Co et al, 1838. Duodecimo, full diced calf, ruled in gilt, spine in compartments with contrasting morocco title label, marbled edges and endpapers, inscription in Farsi to preliminary blank, pp. iii (preface in English); 107 (text in Farsi), presentation inscription in copperplate pen ‘To William Andrew, …

  • # 20075

    WALCH, Johannes (1757-1824)

    Allgemeiner Atlas. Nach den bewährtesten Hülfsmitteln und astronomischen Ortsbestimmungen,

    nebst allen neuen Entdeckungen, Säkularisationen, und Entschädigungen. Augsburg : im Verlag bei Johannes Walch, 1812. Small oblong quarto, original cloth backed papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn), hand coloured copper engraved title leaf with original owner’s signature, followed by [35] engraved maps, all with some degree of contemporary hand colouring; manuscript foliation and a few …

  • # 19569

    CRAWFORD, Marian (1955 - ); SELENTISCH, Alex

    The King

    [Melbourne : the artist, 2018]. Artist’s book (280 x 185 mm). Quarto, pp. [24], printed letterpress with photopolymer prints and photocopy, wraparound band. Published by the artist in an edition of 7 signed and numbered copies. “We drifted through a private museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Our host, its curator and collector, shadowed us as we …

  • # 18665

    [KURDISH] Hawar : qovara Qurdi=Revue Kurde.

    Șam [i.e. Damascus] : Çapxana Tereki, 1932-33. Five original issues, Sal [=Année] 1, Hejmar [=Numéro] 10, 11, 13, 15, 17; quarto, unbound, stapled wrappers; text in Kurdish and French; each issue with old vertical fold, number 11 with loss to lower wrapper, otherwise all are complete and in good condition. A scarce group of individual issues of the …

  • # 18751

    HITTI, Deanna

    Cultural transaction [with] Towla

    An extraordinary collection of works by contemporary Melbourne artist Deanna Hitti, comprising her artist’s book Towla and two monumental wall pieces titled Cultural Transaction. Towla [Melbourne] : the artist, 2017. Folio, screenprinted buckram, screenprinted endpapers, pp. 40; [8]; 40; screenprinted on Somerset 115gsm Bookwove paper, housed in a screenprinted clamshell box. Limited to 10 copies plus three …

  • # 18393

    Palestine police as a career

    London : Crown Agents for the Colonies, circa 1945. Quarto, illustrated self-wrappers by Clive Upton (worn, old folds), pp. 16, illustrated, defective, an illustration cut from the central page. Rare recruitment book for the British Palestine Police just prior to Israel’s independence in 1948. “During the British Mandate (1920-1948) the Palestine Police formed a crucial …

  • # 18053

    WAHLEN, Auguste

    Costumes, usos e trajos de todos os povos do mundo,

    em face de documentos authenticos e das mais recentes viagens. Lisboa : Impresa Lusitana, 1872-1873-1874-1876-1878. Five volumes, octavo, original quarter blue calf over marbled papered boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped, upper board of vol. 4 with several scratches), spines with gilt lettering and rule; vol. 1 (Asia) 421, [1]; vol. 2 (Asia, India) 439, [4]; …

  • # 18469

    OLEARIUS, Adam (1603-1671); MANDELSLO, Johann Albrecht von (1616-1644); DAVIES, John (translator)

    The voyages and travells of the Ambassadors sent by Frederick Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the King of Persia. Begun in the Year M.DC. XXXIII. and finish’d in M.DC. XXXIX. Containing a Compleat History of Muscovy, Tartary, Persia … whereto are added the Travels of John Albert de Mandelslo … into the East-Indies … …

    London : for John Starkey and Thomas Basset, 1669. Second edition. Two parts in one volume, folio, contemporary full mottled calf with blind embossed boards, spine with raised bands and contrasting morocco title label with gilt lettering and ornament, front pastedown with eighteenth century armorial bookplate of John and Louisa Trevelyan, additional engraved title incorporating 5 portraits, main …

  • # 16585

    CRAWFORD, Marian (1955 - )


    [Melbourne : the artist, 2015]. Quarto, self-wrappers, stringbound, pp. [36], illustrated with photopolymer intaglio and relief prints. Limited to 6 copies signed by the artist. A contemporary artist’s book concerning the destruction of cultural artefacts in Iraq and Syria and broader tensions in the Middle East. ‘Antiquities’ combines texts found in newspapers with images that …

  • # 16201

    SABIN, S.P.

    Sketches of crew members of RMS Oriental, circa 1900

    Graphite and wash on artist’s paper, 210 x 270 mm (sheet), signed at centre ‘S.P. Sabin’ and initialled at botom right ‘S.P.S.’; and captioned by the artist in upper margin ‘P. & O. Beauties’ and below centre ‘The Ship’s bell’; unmounted; removed from an album of sketches, watercolours and photographs compiled by S.P. Sabin, a …

  • # 16099

    Guide to Egypt and the Sudan including a description of the route through Uganda to Mombasa

    London : Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1908. Fifth edition. Octavo, original limp red cloth lettered in gilt, pp xvi, [2 addenda], 177, 14 advertisements; numerous maps, plans and tables (some folding), and a folding plate of the royal cartouches of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt; original owner’s pencilled marginalia, else a fine copy.

  • # 15509

    Hospitals in Persia

    Medical Mission Series. Philadelphia : The Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church, 1913. Duodecimo, self-wrappers, pp. [12], illustrations. A fine copy. History and guide to medical mission work in various cities across Persia, including views of hospitals in Tabriz and Urumia with a Kurdish Chief. No other copy recorded.

  • # 15045

    [Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design]

    Continuity and Change : 92 Years of Judaica at Bezalel

    Jerusalem : [Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design], [c.1998]. Oblong octavo, pictorial wrappers, bilingual exhibition catalogue. Catalogue of items shown in a retrospective exhibition of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design’s modernist Israeli art and design works, all reproduced in full colour.

  • # 14656


    Seven pillars of wisdom : a triumph

    London : Jonathan Cape, 1935. First trade edition. Quarto, gilt-illustrated cloth (flecked, spine a little sunned), printed dustjacket (price clipped, a few short tears with paper reinforcements verso), pp. 672; numerous plates and folding maps, a very good copy. 

  • # 14611

    RZEWUSKI, Wenceslas (editor)

    [ORIENTALISM] Mines de l’Orient : exploitées par une société d’amateurs

    [=Fundgruben des Orients]. A Vienne : Chez Antoine Schmid, 1809. Folio, original printed wrappers backed with contemporary marbled paper; pp [8], the second page printed entirely in Arabic script; single horizontal fold at centre, in very good condition. Rare prospectus in French for an early and important Orientalist periodical, Fundgruben des Orients, which was published …

  • # 14628

    GOESIN, Petrus de

    Geographie, ofte beginselen der Land-Beschryvinge, zoo als die in haer eygen aerd, in verdeeling

    van Landen en Gewesten met Wateren en Zee-en sig bevinden, en door Bergen, Rivieren en Stroomen onderscheiden zyn; als mede den principaelsten Koophandel die in elke Landen verrigt worden. Tot Gend [Ghent] : Petrus de Goesin, [1762]. Duodecimo, contemporary calf (heavily rubbed and scuffed), spine with raised bands, compartments with stamped floral design in gilt …