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THE STORY OF THE NATIONS.  PERSIA
London, T. Fisher Unwin, [1888]. Fourth Edition. Decorative hardcover, no dj. xiv+304pp.  Good condition. Green decorative boards shelfworn with small losses of fabric at the extremities. Small bookseller stamp on front pastedown. Minor foxing to preliminaries before title/frontis pages.  Thereafter clean and unfoxed until the last few pages of the back index. Pages are securely bound but the binding is just beginning to crack in a few spots. "the present volume is a history of Persia, as it has been, offering a narrative of the most noteworthy characters and events of that ancient empire from its foundation in prehistoric times." (cfm)
$45.00
THE SYRIAN DESERT, CARAVANS, TRAVEL, AND EXPLORATION
London, A.&C. Black Ltd, 1937. Hardcover with dj. Illustrated with sixteen plates and four maps. xv + 410pp. Conditon is G+ with a Fair dj.  Jacket is very worn and soiled, with a number of tears, particularly at the extremities, and missing chips. Boards are mottled and rubbed. Owner name penned on ffep. Otherwise unmarked though there is a large age spot on the title page, and a couple spots with light foxing.  Book is square and tightly bound, fold out maps are very nice.  The author "describes the desert and its inhabitants, the channels of ancient and medieval trade, the early travellers and their hardships, the life of the great merchant and pilgrim caravans, eleven centuries of postal service, and finally the era of mechanical transport." (cfm)
$40.00

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