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PALGRAVE William Gifford
Narrative of a Year's Journey through Central and Eastern Arabia (1862-63)
1865. First edition. Two volumes. With an engraved portrait frontispiece vignette, a coloured folding map and 4 folding plans. 8vo. Original green cloth, gilt, with gilt vignettes on the upper boards; a touch rubbed, some small splits to the cloth on the spines, corners bumped, otherwise very good. Armorial bookplates to endpapers. xiii, 466; iii, 398, [2]ads., 22ads. pp. London, Macmillan and Co., Disguising himself as a Syrian doctor, Palgrave visited the Rashidi capital Ha'il and Riyadh, capital of the Al Saud. He spent just over fifty days at Riyadh, where he met members of the ruling family and treated a number of Arab patients. Three chapters describe his time there and another provides a history of Wahhabism and the rise of the Al Saud. He then travelled eastward to the shores of the Persian Gulf where he first visited Bahrain, which impressed him with its atmosphere of social and religious tolerance. From Bahrain he sailed for Qatar and importantly gives us probably the best nineteenth century description of that state. Also of value is the chapter on Oman. Palgrave was well read in Arabic literature and was conversant with Arab customs, as well as being a shrewd observer and an accomplished writer. A Narrative. often voices his concerns over the future of Arabia, especially in those passages, of which there are many, that detail the shifting animosities and allegiances between the countries and tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. He was particularly watchful of the advances of the Emirate of Nejd and critical of what he saw as the intolerance and severity of the Wahha … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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