Travelogue of Arabia by a distinguished Lebanese Arab-American writer, with 32 plates

Rihani, Ameen. Around the Coasts of Arabia.

London , Constable, 1930.

8vo. X, (2), 364 pp. With a pictorial map as frontispiece, 31 photographic plates and a full-page map in text. Original publisher's black cloth, with title in gold on spine.


First edition, British issue, of a travelogue by the distinguished Lebanese Arab-American writer Ameen Rihani (1876-1940). Divided into five parts, it describes his time with King Husein in the Hijaz, the Idrisi in Asir, Aal Sabah, the sheiks of Kuwait, Aal Kalifah, the sheiks of Bahrein, and Aden and the protectorates. It is one of the most important sources for the historical background of the Idrisid Emirate of Asir.

Rihani, who moved to New York when he was twelve, is considered the founding father of Arab-American literature. His early English writings mark the beginning of a school of literature that is Arab in its concern, culture and characteristic, English in language, and American in spirit and platform.

A few occasional spots, but otherwise in very good condition.

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