ABD AL-LATIF AL-BAGHDADI. The Eastern Key. Kitab al-ifadah wa'l-i'tibar … Translated into English by Kamal Hafuth and and John A. and Ivy E. Videan. Cairo, 1204 A.D. London 1964 A.D. London, Allen and Unwin, .
Small 4to. Original red cloth with illustrated dust-wrapper (price-clipped); pp. 293, Arabic facsimile opposing English text; a very good copy.
First English edition, based on the MS in the Bodleian Library of Abd al-Latif's description of all aspects of Egypt, including Egyptology, as we understand it. He deals with the terrible failure of the rise of the Nile in 1200 and 1201, natural history, ancient monuments and how Islamic rulers looked after them. - Loosely inserted the publisher's press release and printed prospectus for the book.