HASSAN, Hafiz Ahmed. Pilgrimage To The Caaba and Charing Cross. W.H. Allen & Co., n.d. .
8vo. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt to covers within elaborate design, all edges red; pp. viii, 174, 8, ; mounted portrait frontispiece of the author (original photograph); slightly rubbed, a nice bright copy; presentation copy, inscribed by the author on title-page.
First edition. The author worked in the service of the Nawab of Took, in Hindustan. A Muslim, the Nawab in January 1870 received permission to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Ahmed Hassan accompanied him and his account includes details of the crossing from Bombay to Jeddah, of the visits to Mecca and Medina, and of the continuation of his journey to England. The first-hand account by a pilgrim is very uncommon.