Aden To The Hadhramaut..
Bound in the original cloth, gilt. Deckled edges. A very good copy. 1947 signature on first free endpaper and brief Arabic inscription on title page and bookplate.
John Murray, Albemarle Street, W.,
A journey in south arabia.
8vo. 6.5 x 9 inches. xvi + 254 pp. Title page in red and black.
Illustrated by 81 pages of black and white photographic plates, including frontispiece and by double page map.
A record of a journey from Aden to the Hadhramaut in 1939, translated from the Dutch manuscript of Daniel van der Meulen (1894-1989), Dutch colonial administrator in the East Indies, diplomat, explorer and author of books on the Arab world, a sequel to his previous book on the Hadhramaut of 1932.
* This copy comes from the library of Mahmud al-Ghul the distinguished Arabist and Scholar, each volume has his bookplate. He specialised in ancient South Arabian languages; taught Arabic at SOAS from at least 1957-59, during which time he inspired Major M. D. van Lessen to collect and record South Arabian inscriptions; Ghul later taught at the American University in Beirut and Yarmuk University in Irbid, Jordan. During the early 1970s he was the first scholar to identify a class of so-called South Arabian minuscule inscriptions on wooden sticks which were used to record daily records, and for which he proposed an initial decipherment in late 1977. In 1959 he presented three ancient South Arabian stone inscriptions to The British Museum and published numerous scholarly papers on Arabian language and archaeology. He died in December 1983.
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