Triumphant Pilgrimage. An English Muslim's Journey from Sarawak to Mecca
Triumphant Pilgrimage. An English Muslim's Journey from Sarawak to Mecca
Triumphant Pilgrimage. An English Muslim's Journey from Sarawak to Mecca

RUTTER, Owen. Triumphant Pilgrimage. An English Muslim's Journey from Sarawak to Mecca.

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RUTTER, Owen Triumphant Pilgrimage. An English Muslim's Journey from Sarawak to Mecca. Philadelphia, Lippincott, [1937].

8vo. Original orange cloth, decorated and lettered in black, illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. 296, sketch map, two portraits after photographs in sepia; light marginal fraying to the rarely seen wrappers, otherwise a very good copy.
First US edition. The hero of this non-fiction book masquerading as fiction - or the other way round - is about the Sarawk shady adventurer Gerard MacBryan, variously known as Haji Abdul Rahman, David Chale, the “Baron”. 'He conjured a plan to establish something like a caliphate uniting the Muslim territories of East Asia under his rule. To this end he converted to Islam, adopted the name Abdul Rahman and, accompanied by his beautiful Malay mistress (and later wife), a one-time prostitute named Sa’erah, made the pilgrimage to Mecca. Out of this came the honorific “Haji” and a book about the trip published under the pseudonym David Chale, though some claimed the whole adventure was a Münchhausen-style fabrication (James Conway, The White Caliph, Strange Flowers, online). - The publisher quotes a short endorsement of the book from TLS, 'a strange book'.

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