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PALGRAVE, William Gifford.

Narrative of a year's journey through Central and Eastern Arabia (1862-63).

Stock Code
102694
London, Macmillan, 1865
£1,150

William Palgrave (1826-1828) was drawn to the Arab world by early impressions from reading the Arab romance Antar. For some years he was a successful missionary, and became so accustomed to Arab society that he could pass as a local in the Middle East without difficulty.

In the employ of the French, his first mission was to sound Halim Pasha about becoming viceroy of Egypt under French suzerainty; although that project failed, Palgrave used the opportunity to prepare plans for a French invasion of Syria from Egypt. His next mission was to report on the Arabian kingdoms of Ha'il and Riyadh. For many years Arabia had remained closed to Europeans. Ha'il had been penetrated by Europeans only once; Riyadh, never. Disguised as a Syrian Christian physician named Selim Abu Mahmoud al-'Eis, Palgrave now undertook an adventurous journey across central Arabia, which he accomplished in 1862 and 1863, thereby becoming the

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First edition, 2 volumes, 8vo, xii, [ii], 466 pp.; vi, 398 pp., frontispiece portrait, large folding map of Arabia hand-coloured in outline (short tears), 4 folding plans, later red half calf gilt, marbled sides, short tear to map at folds, spines faded, a very good set.

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