Baghdad And Beyond.
Dobson Books Ltd. 80 Kensington Church Street, W.8.
By mora dickson. with illustrations by the author.
8vo. 8.75 x 5.75 inches. 190 +  pp. Bound in red cloth with black titles, in pictorial dust wrapper, with author photograph and biography on rear wrapper; some edge wear, with chips at head and tail of spine. A little wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. Bookplate of Mahmud Ali Ghul on half title. Illustrated by red and black frontispiece and throughout by author, including whole page. Decorated by half title, title page and chapter heading vignettes. Map endpapers. Evocatively illustrated account of the author's visit to Baghdad and of her travels through Iraq. Mora Dickson (1918-2001), artist,writer and poet, helped to establish Voluntary Service Overseas in 1958 and to run it until 1962. * 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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