History of Kuwait: bound for and gifted to Emir Jabir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

Abu-Hakima, Ahmad Mustafa. The Modern History of Kuwait, 1750-1965.

London, Luzac & Company Ltd., 1983.

4to. XI, (1), 226 pp. Contemporary unique binding in blue morocco titled in gilt on spine, with the name of the recipient in gilt on the front cover, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt.


This specially bound copy was gifted to the late Emir of Kuwait, Shaikh Jabir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (1926-2006), and includes an inscription in Arabic to the Emir from the author on front endpaper. Illustrated with photographic plates and further expanded with appendices which reproduce in facsimile many important letters and 19th century treaties between the Arab tribes of the Gulf and the British, which include an 1841 maritime truce signed by the son and future successor of the Sheikh of Kuwait, Sabah II bin Jaber Al-Sabah (1784-1866), and an 1861 treaty between Britain and Shaikh of Bahrain Muhammad bin Khalifa Al Khalifa (d. 1890). The recipient of the gift, Jabir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, was the third ruler of Kuwait since its independence from Britain, and led the country through the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War.

Hint of exterior wear. A handsome inscribed copy.