FOGG, William Perry. Arabistan: Or the Land of the "Arabian Nights." Travels through Egypt, Arabia, and Persia. Hartford, Connecticut, Dustin, Gilman, & Co., 1875.
8vo. Publisher's blue pictorial cloth; pp. xxii, 350, wood-engraved plates afterphotographs, wood-engraved illustrations in the text after drawings; cloth a little marked, inner hinges strengthened, otherwise a very good and clean copy.
First US edition (first published in London, 1872) of this account of a Middle Eastern journey undertaken out of curiosity by an American politician, adventurer, traveller and writer. Fogg perambulated quite some time through modern Iraq, visiting Basrah, where he notes the export from the region, visits Assyrian remains, describes life in Baghdad, and visits Karbala. This long section takes up over 130 pages. Apart from the places mentioned on the title-page, Fogg visited Muscat and both sides of the Strait of Hormuz, reporting on the pearl fisheries along the Trucial Coast. As an American, Fogg's outlook was not Colonial or Imperial in any way, which makes this a valuable supplement to the mostly British and French reports on the region.