PARFIT, Joseph Thomas. Among the Druzes of Lebanon and Bashan. London, Hunter & Longhurst, 1917.
8vo. Original green cloth, lettered in black and gilt; pp. viii, 252, [2, advertisements for the Medical Mission to the Druzes and the Hosanna League]; 16 illustrations from photographs; very light wear to extremities, endpapers a bit browned, as usual, a very good copy.
Scarce first edition. Preface: 'At the outbreak of war in 1914, the whole of my personal belongings, including a valuable library of 2000 books with a quantity of notes and photographs, were left at Beyrout in Syria. I have been compelled, therefore, to reproduce from memory and the imperfect records at my disposal the following account of our seven years' work amongst the Secret Sects of Syria'. The book covers the events triggered by the First World War in Lebanon and Syria, as well as giving an account of the Druzes' belief system. All we were able to find out about the author is that he was born in 1870 in Bethnal Green and died in 1953. He travelled widely, was Canon of St. George's, Jerusalem, was identified as an admirer of Joseph Conrad, and wrote a couple of travel books on the Middle East, all of which are rather uncommon.