RECENT ARRIVALS in Afghanistan From Craftsbury Antiquarian Books
By Workman, Fanny (1859-1925) and William
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908. Title continued, "An Account of Two Seasons of Pioneer Exploration and High Climbing in the Baltistan Himalaya". Original green cloth, with gilt titles on the front and on the spine. A pretty mountain scene with blue sky and clouds on the front cover. Pages xvi, 444 with index. Top edge gilt, and a little edgewear. Very clean and tight insidewith no prior owner marks. Fanny was from New England, intrepid, steely, determined and brave (see Wayward Women, page 30, by Jane Robinson). The Workman surveying precision is said not to have been the best, but the writing of their adventures is. Protected in a clear, mylar dustjacket. Quite a scarce book. . Second Edition. Cloth. Very Good Plus. Illus. by 2 Folding Maps of Karakoram and of Kashmir, Plus 170 Illustrations Including Color Frontispiece. 8 Vo.
By Wolff, Joseph
Philadelphia: Orrin Rogers, 1837. SCARCE. "During His Travels Between the Years 1831 and 1834, From Malta to Egypt, Constantinople, Armenia, Persia, Khorossaun, Tookestaun, Bokhara, Balkh, Cabool in Affghanistaun, the Himmalayah Mountains, Cashmeer, Hindoostaun, the Coast of Abyssinia, and Yemen." This preceeded his book Narrative of a Mission to Bokhara and is much more rare. This copy is a stated U.S. first edition, "revised and corrected by the author". It does not have a map as did the London first ed. In a new, full morocco binding, with fresh gilt title on the spine. Atabey sale 1322 which was also lacking the map. . First U.S.. Illus. by Frontispiece of Wolff. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Scheuer, Michael
Oxford: Oxford Univ Press, 2011. Paperback with a new preface. As new, signed by the author. First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Stewart, Rory
Orlando, Florida: Harcourt, 2004. There was no hardback edition of this intrepid travel, a very long walk by a young Brit from Herat to Kabul, Afghanistan. Dangerous, intrepid, but he lived to tell the tale well. m Stewart is now a member of Parliament. . . Signed by Author. First U.S. EDITION. Trade Paperback. Fine. Illus. by Photos and Author drawings . 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Rashid, Ahmed
New York: Viking, 2008. Another terrific book by the Pakistani journalist, examining the mess in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia. Pages 484 with index and a lengthy.suggested reading list. No wear, as new inside and out, with a fine dustjacket that is NOT price clipped. . First Printing. Cloth. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Dani, Ahmad Hasan
Peshawar, Pakistan: Khyber Mail Press, 1969. Close to the Khyber pass and the rugged border tribesmen, Peshawar claims to be the oldest living city in Pakistan. Six chapters on the history of the city, its surroundings and the Pathan tribesmen, with a final two chapters on historic sites and monuments. Pages v, 253 with index. Grey cloth with no edgewear but a few bubbles(not surprising for this frontier printer). Dustjacket with a bit of edgewear along the bottom edge, NOT price clipped. . Stated First Edition. Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by 29 Photo Plates, 5 Maps (3 folding). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Riedel, Bruce
Washington: Brookings Institution Press, 2011. A former CIA analyst, converted to policy advisor in the Clinton administration, and leader of a review of Afghanistan policy during the Obama struggles. Bright, thoughtful, and well written. A fine copy.. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Manrique, Fray Sebastien
Oxford: Oxford / the Hakluyt Society, 1927. A tranlation of the Itinerario de Las Missiones Orientales, with introduction and notes by Lt Col C. Eckford Luard, assisted by Father H. Hosten. The first volume covers Arakan Burma) where the author spent most of seven years. Volume two includes his travels in India, China, Phillippines, and by land through Afghanistan, Persia and Palestine to Europe. Hakluyt Second Series, LIX, LXI. . First Thus Edition. Very Good/Protected in Mylar. Illus. by 6 Plates, 19 Maps and Plans. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Thubron, Colin
New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Thubron is a great travel writer, and this 7000 mile trek through China, across the ancient Silk Road, and the northern edge of Afghanistan and Iran to Antioch port in Syria. Whew. How can you get all that into a most readable book? Pages 363 with index. . Fourth Printing. Cloth. Fine/Fine. Illus. by 4 Maps. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Palin, Michael
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. Profuse color photos, a beautiful description of the high Himalayas, The book is common, apparently a spinoff of a BBC series. Hence , a bargain price. . Fine/Fine. Illus. by Color Photos By Basil Pao. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
By Schroen, Gary
New York: Ballantine, 2005. A brilliant telling of the CIA aggressive victory with the Afghan northern Alliance, just days after 9/11. The author was an experienced field operations officer in the CIA. A very good read on CIA para military modus operandi, working closely with the U.S. military. . First Edition. Fine/Fair. Illus. by Photos and Map. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Ispahani, Mahnaz Z
Ithaca and London: Cornell Univ Press, 1989. Obviously inspired by the USSR access into Afghanistan , and the difficulty after the invasion to contral roads. The importance of the Korakoram highway to the China-Pakistan alliance. A VERY INTERESTING study. Fine copy, in fine dustjacket that is NOT price-clipped. . First Edition. Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by 12 Maps, Photo on Dustjacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Grau, Lester and Michael Gress
Lawrence, Kansas: Univ Kansas Press , 2002. Much to be learned from the deserved mess that the Soviet Union found in Afghanistan, having assasinated the Communist Prime Minister for another Communist of their choosing. It started a Civil War which has no end in sight, 30 plus years later. A candid view of the Soviet defeat, translated from Russian General Staff documents. One of the others, Gress, served in a motorized rifle unit of the "mighty" Red Army in Afghanistan. As new , inside and out. . 4th Printing. Quality Paperback. As New. Illus. by Maps and Black/white Photos. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Garcia, J. Malcolm
Boston: Beacon Press, 2009. A street smart, not very experienced journalist is entranced by Afghanistan's struggles, and its street boys in Kabul. He trys to help. Eventually he gains wisdom, and returns again and again. Pages 228. If it were a novel, it would be titled, "The American Innocent", but it is a very good read. . Stated First Printing. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Rashid, Ahmed
New Haven: Yale Univ Press, 2000. Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia. An excellent and cogent exploration of why militant Islam has become such a danger in this region. The author is a fine, Pakistani journalist who is more than a little worried about the spill over into Pakistan. Pages 281 with index, glossary and chapter notes.. 4th Printing. Cloth. As New/As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Chayes, Sarah
New York: Penquin Press, 2006. An intrepid reporter who stayed on in Afghanistan after the Taliban were thrown out in 2001. She joined an NGO, Afghans for Civil Society, and soon found herself in conflict with warlords. A really excellent read for understanding the complexities NOW , in trying to put Afghanistan back together. Pages 386 with index and chapter notes. This copy has a black line on the bottom edge, denoting it a remainder. . First Printing. Fine/Fine. Illus. by 14 Pages Photo Plates. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Wahab, Shaista and Barry Youngerman
New York: Facts on File, 2007. Shaista Wahab is in charge of the famous Univ of Nebraska library collection on Afghanistan, the largest in the U.S. She is superbly equipped to provide this excellent history, up to 2005. Pages 308 including index, suggested reading, bibliography and an appendix of basic facts. An excellent, and readable, resource. . First Edition. As New/As New. Illus. by 5 Maps and Some Photos. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
By Jones, Owen Bennett
New Haven: Yale Univ Press, 2002. The best single book on Pakistan, authored by a British journalist who is prescient of Pakistan's current crisis, and the underlying faults of the political class and its long rivalry with Pakistan's milititary. Very readable. Pages xx, 328 with chapter notes and index. Recommended. Dustjacket protected in a mylar, clear sleeve. . First Printing. As New/As New. Illus. by 22 Photos and 4 Maps.
By MacMunn, Sir George
London: Jarrolds, 1935. A splendid copy of a scarce book, in very good black cloth with very slight edgewear, and bright gilt title on the unfaded spine. Protected in a clear, mylar dustjacket. Inside, very clean and tight with no prior owner marks, no foxing or stains. MacMunn was a successful General in the Raj in India, and later an author of books on India. Here he covers the two decades after WW One as pressures increase toward Indian Independence. Well written, albeit from the viewpoint of the colonial Raj. Pages 294 with index, plus 9 pages publisher's ads. The book includes the beginnings of Hindu-Moslem riots, and tribal disturbances in Waziristan (now the center of al-Qaeda and Taliban radical Islamists along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border). . First Edition. Illus. by 32 Pages Photos. 8 Vo.
By Davies, C. Collin
London: Curzon Press, 1975. "With a Survey of Policy Since 1849". This second edition is revised and enlarged, a splendid study of Russian -British rivalry ("the Great Game") in Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent, centered on the still troublesome border between what is now Afghanistan and Pakistan. The tribes there were never subdued by the British, and have never been eager to be a part of Pakistan. Pages xviii, 220 with index. . 2nd Edition. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good. Illus. by 2 Folding Maps, 2 Tables. 8 Vo.