The War In The Yemen..
Bound in original black cloth, gilt, in dust wrapper which is lightly chipped at head and tail of spine with label at foot. Slight wear to extremities but otherwise a very good copy. Small Arabic inscription on first free endpaper and bookplate. One ink correction in index.
Faber and Faber, 3 Queen Square.,
8vo. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 218 pp.
Illustrated by 2 maps. Decorated by vignette on half title.
An account of war and politics in the Yemen from 1948 until the late sixties, a period during which the country saw a transformation from 'barbaric despotism' to a republican government which defeated the royalists after a prolonged civil war. Edgar O' Ballance (1918-2009) was a former British army officer who became a military journalist and researcher, and a prolific author on conflicts around the world.
* 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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