The History of Arabia, Persia, Turkomania, India, Syria, Egypt

[History of Arabia]. A Critical Essay on Various Manuscript Works, Arabic and Persian, illustrating the History of Arabia, Persia, Turkomania, India, Syria, Egypt, Mauritania, and Spain.

London, Oriental Translation Fund, 1832.

Large 8vo. XI, (1), 71 (1) pp.

(Bound after): The Geographical Works of Sádik Isfaháni. Translated by J. C. from the Original Persian MSS. In the Collection of Sir William Ouseley, the Editor. Ibid., 1832. XIII, (1) ff., 152 pp.

(Bound with): A List of the Subscribers to the Oriental Translation Fund: With its Officers; and a Catalogue of the Works Published and Printing by the Fund. London: Gardiner and Son, 1832. 16 pp. Original dark green cloth boards with printed label on spine.


With lithographed emblem of the Fund on title-page (offset onto preceding blank leaf). Bound with an added lilac-printed engraved leaf recording the copy's presentation to Lady Charlotte Guest, a subscriber to the Oriental Translation Fund. Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Guest (née Bertie, 1812-95), later Lady Charlotte Schreiber, was an English translator and business woman who taught herself Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian. After what may have been a brief flirtation with the future Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, she escaped her unhappy home life through marriage in 1833, which was, however, not a conventional one for her age.

With bookseller's ticket of Edward Purdy of Chancery Lane. Occasional insignificant foxing; on the whole a superb copy, contents clean and fresh.