New York: Random House, 1963. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. BOMC edition. [v], 341pp, endpaper map, Note to the Reader. 8vo/22cm. Decorated black cloth gilt, shelf wear only, in slightly chipped dj protected with several closed tears), otherwise internally fine. VG/Fair A novel with the central theme of a search for a missing American girl married to an Afghan with a great deal about the Kochi nomads, also called Powindahs. Possibly partly based on or influenced by the disappearance in north-west Afghanistan in 1956 of Peter Winant, son of an American diplomat, and his Swedish fiance. Short review laid in by Gilbert Highet, Professor of Classics and Latin, Columbia University reprined from the BOMC News.The author, James Michener (1907-1997) spent a fair amount of time in Afghanistan and the North-West Frontier of Pakistan in the mid-fifties. In his 5-page Note to the Readers on pages 337 to 341, he discusses his connection and fascination with Afghanistan. Though listed in both the standard Wilber bibliography of 1968 (#720) and its successor by Jamal Hanifi in 1982 (#1432), the evaluation is negative, one reader with some contact with the Powindahs in this same period found the book a good read, if a bit over romantic. And for those aficionadoes of this famed global writer, the autobiographical Note is alone worth reading especially for his last sentence that of all the countries he had visited, Afghanistan would be the one he "would most prefer to visit again." See also Schuyler Jones 904..
New York: Riverhead Books of Penguin Group, 2003. Book. VG. Soft cover. Reprint. xii, 371, [xii] pp. 8vo20.5cm. Paper. VG+. An excellent introduction to Afghan society about the time just before the Russian invasion with a good description of the popular South Asian sport of kite flying. Got rave reviews. "This is one of those unforgettable stories that stays with you for years...." Isabel Allende. It was also a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year..
East Hampton, NY: The Afghanistan Forum, 1998. Book. VG. No Binding. 32pp, ills. 4to. Occasional Paper No. 36. Photocopy, stapled, no wrapper. VG. Reminiscences of his early years completed just before the author's death. Mahmud Tarzi (1865-1933) was a remarkable figure in Afghanistan's history. Creator of the influential Seraj-ul-Akhbar newspaper, a member of the aristocracy and a prominent poet, he was twice exiled for his liberal views and connections..
London: Central Asian Research Centre/St.Antony's College,Oxford, 1956. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. 12 pp. 4to/25.4cm. Printedtan card stock wrappers, stapled, minor edgewear, o/w very good A bibliography of more than one hundred fifty Russian works on Afghanistan published prior to the end of October 1956..
Chicago: Chicago Chapter. Afghanistan Relief Committee, 1982. Book. Illus. by Dana Winter. Good. Soft cover. 13 sheets in plastic spiral binding. ca 17 x 11 inches. Card stock cover with green device printed in both English and Perso-Arabic script, map with publication collation and principal historical dates on verso, each monthly page illustrated with large monochrome drawing at top and boxes for individual days on calendar inscribed with significant historical event which had occurred on that day, small artistic illustration of jewelry, textiles or other along with Afghan proverb in English at bottom of each page. Pencil notations on back, 2 x 1/2 inch chip on back which extends less than half inch into illustration on front of page, otherwise clean and Good+. Among the subjects of the 8 x 9 inch drawings are, the village of Kamdesh in Nuristan, Khwaja Parsa's shrine in Balkh, a grave in Kunar province, partridge trainers, a brass beater and seven others. Copies of this attractive keepsake of Afghan culture scarce. The Afghanistan Relief Committee is a 501 (c) (3) organization formed in 1980 by former American Ambassador to Afghanistan Robert Neumann to help refugees from the war between the mujahideen and the Soviet controlled government. It has occasionally been accused of being a cover for the support of anti-communist programs in Afghanistan..
East Hampton, NY: The Afghanistan Forum, 1997. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Occasional Paper No 35. 24pp, bibliography. 4to/28cm. Photocopy, stapled, no wrappers. Based on the author's MA thesis. He was also Editor of a publication called, The Afghan Communicator: Voice of the Young Generation which was sponsored by the Afghanistan Peace Association. Its first issue came out in Aug/Sept 1997..
New York: The Afghanistan Forum, 1994. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Occasional Paper No. 33. 24pp, 6 illustratons from contemporary British newspapers and serials. 4to/28cm. Stapled photocopy. Visit of the son of the Amir Abdur Rahman to London in 1895. Adamec is Professor Emeritus of the School of Near Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona and one of the leading specialist scholars on Afghanistan .He has produced a number of important reference works on it..
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1962. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Portraits of the Nations Series.Second Printing. 160pp, double paged map, many monochrome illustrations from photographs, index. 8vo/21cm.. Grey cloth, light soil, ex-lib marks, otherwise clean, tight and very good. "A well written account" of pre-devastation Afghanistan for younger readers. Wilber 413..
New York: Oxford University Press, 1982. Book. Fine. Soft cover. First OUP paperback edition of the famous original of 1937. 292pp, 4 maps, frontis plus 12 illustrations from photographs, index. 8vo/20cm. Paper, light wear, few corner creases fron panel, internally fine. A reprint of the famous classic about the author's trip through western Afghanistan in 1933 with perceptive commentary by a contemporary travel writer on Afghanistan Paul Fussel, author of Abroad (1982)..
Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1987. Book. NF. Hardcover. Central Asia Book Series. Secod Printing. xvi, 366pp, 5 maps, Editor's Note, Chronology, List of Poliical Parties, Sources/bibliography, Index. Tall 8vo/24cm. Tan cloth in dj, 5 maps . NF/NF. "A comprehensive, first hand report on the war in Afghanistan by a veteran freelance correspondent for the New York Times...." (Kirkus Reviews). See also Schuyler Jones, 449. Arthur Bonner was then a New York Times foreign correspondnet..
Unpublished, 1960. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Mimeographed stapled typed paper. 14pp. 4to/28cm. Minor marks otherwise very good. A paper presented by the author at the 13th Annual Near East Conference: Current Problems in Afghanistan at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, on 15 December 1960. Najib Ullah was then a Visiting Lecturer in Oriental Studies at Princeton University. The paper gives the historical backgrround of Afghanistan from the Rig Veda period about 2000 BC to the Partition of India in 1947-48., The paper was distributed to participants of the Conference of which the present owner was one..
Unpublished, 1960. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Mimeographed stapled typed paper. 23pp. 4to/28cm. Has a few short comments, corrections and marginalia, otherwise clean and very good. A paper presented by the author at the 13th Annual Near East Conference: Current Problems in Afghanistan at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, on 15 December 1960. W.H. Griffin, was then Professor of Education and Coordinator of ICA Overseas Projects at Teachers College, Columbia University. The paper gives a brief historical backgrround of education in Afghanistan but dwells mainly on education as it was at the end of the 1950s, It was distributed to participants of the Conference of which the present owner was one..
Princeton, N.J.: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc., 1963. Book. Illus. by Map By Dorothy de Fontaine. Fine. Hardcover. Asia Library series. First Edition. ix, 262pp, 12 monochrome illustrations from photographs, bibliogrrphy, index. 8vo/21cm. Brown cloth with silver & yellow printing, cover illustration of Afghan boy, no wear, dj spine slightly faded, internally fine. NF/G+. A basic introduction to the country with an interesting if short note on Afghan music by the distinguished composer and music theorist Henry Cowell. Mrs. Watkins traveled widely in Afghanistan, partly in the company of Supreme Court Justice William O.Douglas, She was then Chairman of the Afghanistan Council of the Asia Society which initiated The Asia Library series. Hanifi 147; Schuyler Jones 24..
London/New York/Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1950. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. xiv, 330pp, 4 monochrome photo illustrations, 4 maps (2 folding), 5 appendices, index. 8vo/22.5cm. Red cloth gilt, light rubbing at extremities, light soil, internally clean, tight and very good. William Kerr Fraser-Tytler (1886-1963), K.B.E., C.M.G., M.C., Order of Astor (Afghan), was former British Minister in Kabul and when he left that post in 1941, he had spent most of the previous thirty one years on or just beyond the North-West Frontier in the Indian Army or in the Political Department of the British Indian Government. Schuyler Jones (252) states that this is, "quite possibly the best single volume of history available on Afghanistan." Wilber (32) concentrates on the author's unique background for explaining the "Great Game", the 19th century rivalry of the Russian and British empires for control of Afghanistan which is being replayed in modern times by the Soviet Union and the United States..
London: Oxford University Press, 1967. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Third Edition (1950). xvi, 362pp, 4 maps (2 folding), frontispiece and 10 illustrations from monochrome photographs, Reviser's Note, Author's Prefaces to First and Second Editions, 6 appendices, index. 8vo/22.5cm. Tan cloth gilt, light wear, one corner slightly bumped, in protected slightly edgeworn dj, name of previous owner on ffep, folding map showing principal tribal areas has been detached and is laid in at p.128, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good..
Washington D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1985. Book. Illus. by Photographs by Steve McCurry. Fine. Soft cover. Map, 17 color illustrations from photographs plus the cover photograph of the now famous hazel-eyed Afghan refugee girl by Steve McCurry. Tall 8vo/25.5cm. Entire issue of 132 pages plus many ad pages, Paper, light wear, internally fine. Deborah Denkere was later author of Sisters on the Bridge of Fire: Journeys in the Crucible of High Asia (1993) about the first five years of her fifteen years in South and Central Asia from 1979 as a writer, photographer and video producer..
Kabul: Education Press/Franklin Book Programs, 1964. Book. Fine. Soft cover. First Edition. [xi], 80pp, text illustrations (mainly floor and room plans), 47 plates with facing caption pages. 16mo/16cm. Green pictorial wrappers, front panel light edgewear, backpanel light woil, internally fine.. The guide is organized largely by exhibit Rooms, i.e., Bamiyan, Begram, Coin, Ethnographic, Fondukistan, Hadda I and II, Islamic Arts, Mundigak and Shotorak Rooms with essays on specialized subjects, e.g., Schlumberger on Islamic antiquities+ and the last ninety four pages showing a selection of photographic images from the Museum's collections. This first edition had been translated and adapted in part from the French language catalogue mimeographed in 1961 but with much new material added, partly with the help of Nancy Hatch Wolfe (later to replace Ann Dupree as Louis Dupree's wife). Nancy Hatch Dupree later became the most active member of SPACH, the Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage, organized primarily to assist in the recovery of the items looted from this museum.) See much about the looting and recovery effort on the Internet, e.g., through Google search engine. Apparently the Museum opened again in August 2000 after being closed for ten years. Nancy Hatch Dupree is still probably the most authoritative Western observer of the Afghan scene and is currently heading the effort to establish a major library of Afghan materials, many of which were donated by her and her late husband. Among her many recognitions, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Williams College in 2004 for her writings and extensive efforts to assist Afghanistan. Hanifi 59; Wilber 44. Scarce..
Kabul: Societe des etudes historiques d'Afghanistan, 1956. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. [ii], 67pp, 3 illustrations. 4to/27cm. Illustrated wrappers, staples, light soil and wear, light soil and wear, internally very good. 5 articles in English: Archaeology in Afghanistan by Mohammed Nabi Kohzad; Avicenna's Influence on Medieval Thought by R. Antoine, S.J.; Afghanistan An Historical Sketch and Aryana or Ancient Afghanistan by Mohammed Ali; and, Men and Events in Afghanistan....by A.A. Kohzad. Wilber (1962) 1..
New York: Harper Collins Publishers Inc., 2002. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. xvii, [vi], 338pp, double-page map, family tree of Durrani dynasty, more than seventy five photo illustrations, bibliography, index. 8vo/21.5cm. Cloth backed-boards gilt, light wear, minor soil, internally fine. Christina Lamb is an energetic and perspicacious British journalist who had been in Afghanistan during the Russian occupation and returned in 2001 after the ouster of the succeeding despots, the Taliban. She visited everyone who had a leading role from Taliban commanders and the director of their training school in Pakistan to Ismael Khan the warlord of Herat to the former king Zahir Shah and the present leader Hamid Karzai who she had known in the eighties. The title refers to the secret political and educational groups who met under the guise of sewing circles in Taliban governed Herat. Though a sad and somewhat discouraging book, her blunt and incisive questions of leading personalities especially regarding the role of the Taliban and Pakistan provide some perceptive insights into future possibilities..
Peshawar: Austrian Relief Committee for Afghan Refugees, 1989. Book. Illus. by Hamid Naweed. Fine. Soft cover. Oblong 4to/24 x 28cm. 12 Afghan proverbs illustrated with color paintings by the Afghan artist, Hamid Naweed. Illustrated card-stock covers, spiral bound, light wear, internally fine. The artist, Hamid Naweed, had been a professor of Fine Arts at Kabul University but emigrated to the U.S. He also authored a book, Music of the Reeds, on the Sufi poet-philosopher Jalaluddin Rumi. The Austrian Relief Committee for Afghan Refugees (ARC) was organized in 1980 and was funded by the UN and seven European countries..