Dedication copy

Ahmed Hassan, Hafiz. Pilgrimage to the Caaba and Charing Cross.

London, W. H. Allen & Co., [1871].

8vo. VIII, 174, 8, (2) pp. With mounted photoportrait frontispiece. Original elaborately giltstamped forest green cloth. All edges red.


First and only edition; inscribed by the author on title page: "With the author's compliments". The author worked in the service of the Nawab (sovereign) of Tonk, in Hindustan. A Muslim, the Nawab in January 1870 received permission to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Ahmed Hassan accompanied him, and his account includes details of the crossing from Bombay to Jeddah, of the visits to Mecca and Medina, and of the continuation of his journey to England. The account is uncommon.

Occasional minute foxing to interior, otherwise a very fine copy in well-preserved original binding.


OCLC 4384569. Not in Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula.