RIHANI, Ameen. Ibn Sa'oud of Arabia. His People and His Land.

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RIHANI, Ameen Ibn Sa'oud of Arabia. His People and His Land. London, Constable, 1928.

8vo. Original wave-patterned blue cloth; pp. xvii, 370, sketch map of the new boundaries of Najd, errata slip opposite that page, plates after photographs, a little fading (more so to spine) and light marking to cloth; unidentified cryptographic bookplate (Alice Peel?) inside front cover, ownership inscription on opposite fly leaf; a few plates with yellowing to outer margins, a good copy of a scarce and important work.
First UK edition of this travelogue from Baghdad via Bahrein onto Central Arabia with many encounters of Ibn Saud, reports on his rule and Wahabism 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.