Failaka Island in the Postcards

ASHKANANI, Hasan Jassim. Failaka Island in the Postcards.

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ASHKANANI, Hasan Jassim. Failaka Island in the Postcards. [Kuwait, The National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters and Hasan Jassim Ashkanani, [2018].

Small oblong 4to. Original illustrated card wrappers; pp. 153, [3], highly illustrated throughout, bilingual; new.
Very rare first edition of this archaeological and pictorial documentation of the importance of the island just outside Kuwait City. The name of the island seems to be derived from the Greek word fylakio, outpost. About 5000 years ago Failaka was part of the Dilmun civilization; during and after Alexander it was Hellenized. - 1000 copies were produced, 800 were kept by the Emir's Office, 80 copies were for the author, 120 for the General Secretary of the National Council of Culture, Arts and Letters. This particular copy is inscribed by the author, an eminent Kuwaiti anthropologist, archaeologist, collector and historian.