WOLLASTON, Arthur Naylor. The Sword of Islam. London, Murray, 1905.
8vo. Original green cloth, ornamented and lettered in gilt; pp. viii, , 523, [6, advertisements], with 16 plates and folding map; only minor rubbing to extremities and lightly spotted in places internally.
First edition, based on Wollaston's earlier and much slimmer book Half-hours with Muhammad. Wollaston (1842-1922) worked for the India Office, compiled a ground-breaking Anglo-Persian dictionary and translated from Oriental languages for the South Kensington Museum. With this book he sought to bring Islamic religion, history and society closer to Western readers, as the Empire now had so many subjects of that faith.