Middle Eastern History
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Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985. Hardcover. This diary covers the years of MacGregor's service in teh British Indian Army during the Second Afghan War. "As revealed in the pages of his diary, MacGregor was an egotistical and self-serving soldier driven by two ambitions - to win the Victoria Cross and to be king of Afghanistan. He failed at both. MacGregor portrayed the mentality of the British colonial Military who believed so deeply in 'White Man's Burden' that they were curioiusly blinded to the conditions and realities of life in regions only casually under their control" (jacket). Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Penned ownership marking (in red) to front free endpaper, else clean. In brown dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Minor wear to edges of jacket and minor rubbing to panels. 266 pages. ENGBIO/070920. Very Good / Very Good.
New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1943. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with black title to white title label on spine. Minor wear to spine ends. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright with illustrations throughout. Dark purple illustrated dust jacket with off white title to front panel and to sunned spine panel. Chipping and creasing to edges of dust jacket as well as minor yellowing. Dust jacket in a protective sleeve. Index, 387 pages. MIDEAST/042612. Very Good in Very Good- DJ.
Boston: The Christopher Publishing House, (1945). Hardcover. Very good plus in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Previous owner's name in pen to front free end page. Slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright. Yellow dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor fading to dust jacket as well as chipping and creasing to edges and one small chip to the spine. Dust jacket in protective plastic sleeve. Index, 187 pages. Middle East. MIDEAS/12052. Very Good + in Very Good Minus DJ.
New York: Basic Books, (2017). Advance Reading Copy. Paperback. ADVANCED READING COPY. First edition will be published in February of 2018. 8vo. Black and beige illustrated paper wrappers with dark blue title to front wrapper and white title to black spine. Pristine interior. 227 pages. MIDEAST/111517. Fine.
Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1856. Hardcover. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Inscribed by Oliphant: “Royal Phelps from his sincere friend The Author London Febr 57.” Oliphant was a well known traveler, author, diplomat, and mystic who served as the private secretary to Lord Elgin in the mid 1800s among many other roles. Royal Phelps was a prominent New York merchant and trader in the West Indies. It is unclear where they might have met. This uncommon book is generally in very good condition in the original green cloth binding with faded gold title and gold stamped portrait on front cover. Neatly rebacked spine with most of the original spine intact; fading and spotting to front and rear covers; and bumping to corners. Interior is clean save for some foxing to illustrations and offsetting from them to facing pages, and light aging to page margins. Two nice foldout maps, five illustrations, and four woodcut vignettes. 234 pages plus 16 pages of ads. MIDEASTHIS/071508. Very Good.
Hodder and Stoughton, (1963). First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Beige paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free end paper and signed again on the title page. Beige and white illustrated dust jacket with grey title to front and spine panels. Interior is clean and bright. Middle Eastern Travel. MID2/6270. Near Fine / Near Fine.
New York: Crown Publishers, 1979. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in very good black and white price-clipped dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor edge wear to dust jacket. Maps and illustrations throughout. Index, 376 pages. Middle East. MID/5152. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Secaucus, NJ: Chartwell Books, (1979). Hardcover. 4to. Very good+ in very good illustrated dust jacket with white title to front panel and black title to white spine panel. Slight edgewear to jacket. Interior is clean and bright with 295 photographic illustrations throughout, 120 of which are in color, as well as maps. 231 pages. Middle East. MIDEAST/061512. Very Good + in Very Good DJ.