Reisen In SÜd-arabien, Mahra-land Und Hadramut..


Bound in later buckram with white hand written title on spine and new endpapers. A very good copy. Brief Arabic inscription on title page and bookplate.



E. J. Brill.,






Mit karte.

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6.5 x 9.75 inches. xii + 232 pp. Includes Arabic text of poem and letter.


Illustrated by folding map and reproduction of original facsimile letter in Arabic, which is lacking.


Leo Hirsch was a German Arabist, who was one of the first Europeans to travel in Hadramaut in 1893. This account describes his travels and the topography, rulers, and tribes of the region and includes a list of plants at the end.
* 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.

[Stock No. 24480]


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