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BUCKINGHAM, James Silk
Buckingham Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia + Journey from Baghdad Zagros
UK: Henry Colburn, 1829. Hardcover. Condition: Good+. 1st Edition. Folding map & coloured frontispiece, with vignettes to head of each chapter. 4to. Old calf binding, gilt lettering to spine; extremities slightly worn. Bound with the half-title. xvi, 545, [1]pp. London, Henry Colburn, The fourth and least common of Buckingham's works, relating his travels in the Middle East made when journeying to and from India. The book was published first in quarto as above, and subsequently, in 1830, in two volumes octavo. The quarto edition alone has a beautiful coloured frontispiece showing the author in costume. The work includes a good account of the pearl fisheries on the Arabian coast near Bahrein and Qatar, with a discussion on the decidedly imperfect mapping of that coast. Kuwait (Graine) is described, as is a diplomatic mission to the ?pirate chief? Hassan bin Rahman Al Qasimi, Sheikh of Ras al-Khaimah. This description and Buckingham's further comments on the military strength of the Sheikh and his allies on the Trucial Coast and inland, together with a geographical description of the area, is probably the first such description to have been printed in any language. [Attributes: First Edition]
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