Pearling in the Arabian Gulf. A Kuwaiti Memoir. Translated from the …

AL-SHAMLAN, Saif Marzooq. Pearling in the Arabian Gulf. A Kuwaiti Memoir. Translated from the Arabic by Peter Clark.

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AL-SHAMLAN, Saif Marzooq. Pearling in the Arabian Gulf. A Kuwaiti Memoir. Translated from the Arabic by Peter Clark. London, Centre of Arab Studies, [2000].

8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. 190 plates mostly after photographs, some taken by Captain Shakespear, two sketch maps; a fine copy of a surprisingly rare work.
First edition in English (first, in Arabic, published in Kuwait ion two volumes, 1975 and 1978. The book is based on the author's personal recollections as well as documentary and oral sources including divers, ship masters and pearl merchants, it describes the last years of the pearling industry from 1900 to 1930, describing 'the grim conditions of the divers, their food, their work and the tools of their trade, their illnesses and the hazards of life at sea' (inside front flap).

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