Only light wear to extremities with some spotting to edges, otherwise a very good copy indeed. Book plate of Mahmud Ali Ghul* to front paste down. Inscription in ink to front free endpaper.
Methuen & Co., Ltd. 36 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2.,
Being a record of travel in southern arabia
FIRST EDITION Large 8vo, 6.75 x 9.5 inches, bound in light green cloth, gilt, xix + 485 pp.
Illustrated by 62 monochrome photographic plates and a large folding map of Routes in South-West Arabia, 16 x 23 inches.
Philby was the foremost Arabist of his time. * 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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