A Prince of Arabia. The Emir Shereef Ali Haider

STITT, George. A Prince of Arabia. The Emir Shereef Ali Haider.

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STITT, George. A Prince of Arabia. The Emir Shereef Ali Haider. London, Allen & Unwin, [1948].

8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt; dust-wrapper, price-clipped, however later price printed at foot; pp. 314, highly illustrated with photographic plates (two with errata slips tipped in), wrappers a bit chipped at head and foot of spine, upper edge of front cover with wear; otherwise a good copy.
First edition, scarce of the first autobiography in bookform of Ali Haidar, the Head of the Emirate of Mecca during a period of dramatic modernisation, the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, the Arab Revolt and the First World War. Ali Haidar drove through some radical reforms regarding the organisation of the Hajj. 'To this junior branch of Shereefs belonged Hussein who raised the standard of rebellion under the influece of T. E. Lawrence' (inside front flap). According to O'Brien, it was no other that TEL who was responsible for the design of the wrappers.
O'Brien F0999.

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