Perfumes Of Araby..
Some marks, and a number of small indentations, to boards. Corners bumped otherwise a good copy. Bookplate of Mahmud Ali Ghul to front paste down and inscription in ink to front free endpaper 'Ernest B. Hotson Quetta March 1917'. *
Martin Secker, Number Five John Street, Adelphi.,
Silhouettes of al yemen.
First Edition Large 8vo, 264 pp. + 16 pp. Publisher's Catalogue. Bound in buff cloth with pale blue rules and gilt titles to front board and spine. Some marks, and a number of small indentations to boards. Rare.
Illustrated by a photographic frontispiece.
*E.B. Hotson (Sir John Ernest Buttery Hotson, KCSI, OBE, VD 17 March 1877 – 13 May 1944) was an administrator in India during the British Raj and became British Consul in Sharaz in September 1918. He was instrumental in drawing up the Anglo-Iranian Treaty of 1919.
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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