SHIBER, Saba George. Recent Arab City Growth. Being primarily an arranged Selection of the Writer's Articles appearing in the Kuwaiti and Lebanese Press during 1959-1967. Kuwait, Kuwait Government Printing Press, .
Folio. Original printed wrappers; pp. xxvii, 831, highly illustrated with plans, drawings by the author and after photographs (several in colour); wrappers with light wear to extremities, one gathering bound in up-side-down; a very good copy.
Very rare first edition, with printed authorial inscription on initial blank, of this impressive collection of urbanistic studies of the Middle East, including the Maghreb, essays on town planning which incorporate sociological studies and urban anthropolgy. The last page of the book informs the reader of the untimely death of the author in 1968 and gives a good biography of Saba George Shiber, who was born in Jerusalem to an Arab family in 1923, studied civil engineering and town planning at various universities in Britain, the Middle East and the US. In the late 1950s he was Chief of the Technical Bureau of the National Reconstruction Authority of Lebanon (which accounts for his articles on Lebanon and Beirut) and later the first urban planner of Kuwait. He lectured word-wide and published numerous papers.
Not in the British Library.