RIHANI, Ameen. Arabian Peak and Desert. Travels in Al-Yaman.

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RIHANI, Ameen Arabian Peak and Desert. Travels in Al-Yaman. London, Constable, 1930.

8vo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. ix, 280, plates after photographs; binding a little rubbed, otherwise very goo; provenenc: from the library of the High Commissioner's Office in Aden, and the British Embassy in Aden with their stamps and shelfmarks to front fly-leaf, one inoffensive stamp to title-page.
First edition, using the original US sheets. A late travel work on Yemen by the distinguished Maronite Lebanese Arab-American writer Ameen Rihani, whose writings spanned large areas in both English and Arabic. According to Lebanese historian Samir Kassir he was 'the first Arab to publish in English without at the same time renouncing his own language.' Though less well known in the western world, he was a highly influential political activist, literary figure and intellectual celebrity across the entirety of the Arab world, with various state leaders attending his funeral in 1940. He was passionately involved in the cause of Arab nationalism, and delivered a great many lectures on the subject of social justice and foreign policy.
Provenance: Three page carbon-copied typescript by Peter Clark on the author and Ameen Rihani loosely inserted. Probably and well-written written by the Arabist, Middle East expert and translator Peter Clark.