HITTI, Phillip K. Lebanon in History. From the Earliest Times to the Present.

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HITTI, Phillip K. Lebanon in History. From the Earliest Times to the Present. London, Macmillan, 1957.

Original cloth with dust-wrapper (price-clipped); pp. xix, 548, illustrated after photographs and with sketch maps; spine of wrappers a little faded and minimally spotted, otherwise near-fine, printed on heavy paper stock.
Scarce first edition. Hitti published in 1965 as well a Short History of Lebanon with less than half the amount of pages. This work is 'a daring attempt to sketch for the first time the meaningful events that have been squeezed through the ages into the area now covered by the Lebanese Republic and to record the achievements and distinctive contributions of the successive peoples who occupied it' (Preface). Philip Khuri Hitti (1886-1978) was Maronite Lebanese born under the Ottomans. Following education in Beirut, he taught at Columbia and then Princeton Universities. Of course, the Druze community and their role in the trangulation Christian (several denominations), Muslim (several denominations) and Druze, being quite separate from the other religions is featuring heavily in this well-researched book.
From the library of the Michigan Democrat politician Jack Foxon (1936-2020), who was also active as a painter, and book collector.

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