Die Pilgerfahrt nach Mekka. Von der Weihrauchstrasse zur Ölwirtschaft.
8vo. 144 pp. With numerous black-and-white photographic illustrations and small maps in the text as well as a folding map of the area around Mekka. Contemporary printed boards.
Historical study of the Hajj by the German geographer and traveller Rathjens (1887-1966), describing the evolution of Mecca from a wealthy center of commerce along the Incense Trade Route to a place of worship largely financed by the oil economy of Saudi Arabia. It discusses pre-Islamic festivities in the city leading up to the establishment of the Hajj pilgrimage, as well as the reform of the Hajj under HRH King Abd-al Aziz ibn Saud and his oil policy.
The illustrations show archaeological excavations and findings, pilgrims on foot or aboard sailboats and steamers, landscape and city views, the Great Mosque in Mecca, the various climate zones of the Arabian Peninsula, and the Incense Trade Route in Roman times, as well as the location of contemporary oil fields and deposits on the Peninsula.
Binding slightly worn at lower corners and head of spine; spine insignificantly rubbed. Paper evenly browned throughout. Not a single copy in auction records.
Spuler, Handbuch der Orientalistik I, II, Orientalische Geschichte von Kyros bis Mohammed 333. OCLC 6640531.