[ANONYMOUS]. Idumaea. With a Survey of Arabia and the Arabians. London, Religious Tract Society, [c. 1851].
12mo. Original slate cloth, spine lettered in gilt, ornamented in blind, all edges gilt; pp. 4, 192, wood-engraved sketch map as frontispiece; a near-fine copy from the library of the Crown Prince of Hanover, with secretarial ownership inscription to front fly-leaf and shelfmark label on spine.
Very rare first edition of this monograph on the ancient Kingdom of Edom, straddling modern Israel and Jordan. The book deals as well with the modern inhabitants, Bedouin culture, recent excavations of Petra, and the role of women. The author was well versed in the sparse modern literature on the region, and even refers to Seetzen's 1810 account of the region, as well as the works of John Kitto, who wrote several Middle east titles for the Religious Tract Society, most of which published anonymously.
COPAC locates only five copies.