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Passenger To Teheran with a new Introduction by Nigel Nicolson

By Sackville-West. V.

London and New York: Moyer Bell Limited, 1990. Book. NF. Hardcover. Second edition of 1926 original with new introduction by the author's son. 155pp, frontis portrait, 2 maps (1 double-paged), nearly one hundred photo illustrations. 4to/26cm. Textured brown cloth gilt in protected dj. NF/NF. Chapter headings include: To Egypt, To Iraq, Into Persia, Round Teheran, To Isfahan, Kum, The Coronation of Reza Khan and Russia. Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), distinguised British novelist, poet, biographer and critic, took this trip to Persia in 1926 to meet her husband, Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), then serving in the British Legation, and to attend the Coronation of Reza Shah.. Originally published by Hogarth Press in 1926, this edition has been supplemented by her younger son, the noted author Nigel Nicolson (1917-2004),with many previously unpublished photographs as well as personal details of the journey omitted from the original. "A characteristically idiosyncratic account" (Ghani, p. 326)..

$46.92

The Architecture of Islamic Iran: The Il Khanid Period

By Wilber, Donald N.

Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1969. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Reprint of 1955 Princeton Monographs in Art and Architecture XXIX/ in Oriental Studies XVII.. xiii, 208pp,, 217 plates, 60 figures. Part I Iran under the Mongol Il Khans, Part II The Style of the Architectural Monuments, Catalogue of Architectural Monuments, Supplementary Catalogue of Architectural Monuments known only through Literary Reference, bibliography, index., 4to/26cm. Yellow cloth, black titling. As new, Donald Newton Wilber (c1908-1997) carred out the research for this work with the Iranian Institute in the mid-thirties and during continuous residence in Iran from Sept 1942 until June 1946. Scarce in both original and reprint editions..

$562.06

Iran's Good King: A Report from the imperial Realm of "our staunchest ally in the Middle East" in, The Saturday Evening Post, Apr 14, 1962 (Vol 235/No 15), pp 17-25

By Martin, Harold H.

Philadelphia: Curtis Publishing Co., 1962. Book. Illus. by Photographs by John Bryson. Fine. Soft cover. Entire issue. 9 pages, map, 9 b/w photo illustrations (some full page) plus cover color photo. Folio/34cm. Small stain top of front cover, otherwise internally fine. A fairly analytic article about the then King of Kings, His Imperial Majesty Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-1980), and his family. The author, an experienced writer, asks good questions and gives some indications of what was to come by 1979, the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini from France and the advent of the 'Iranian revolution' when he had to flee. Other articles on the Nuclear dilemma, reading, the artist Bill Shelly, the Menningers of Kansas, Bergdorf-Goodman's, deposit boxes, etc..

$11.73

En Asie

By Mahfouz, Imza

Paris: Librairie Orientaliste Paul Geuthner, 1937. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Extrait de la Revue des Etudes Islamiques, Annee 1937, Cahier 4, pp 391-414, Iran, Afghanistan, Musulmans d'Extreme Orient. Tall 8vo/24cm. Printed tan wrappers, light soil, short closed tear at head of spine, light browning of text, otherwise very good. Text in French. Much on the abandonment of the veil and chador in Iran..

$19.55

No Heaven for Gunga Din Consisting of the British and American Officers' Book. Foreword By Professor R.C. Zaehner

By Mirdrekvandi, Ali. Edited and with an Introduction by John Hemming

New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc, 1965. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First American Edition. 128pp. 8vo/21cm. Quarter bound purple cloth gilt with patterned yellow boards, shelf wear only, internally fine. A fable by a poor unlettered Persian peasant determined to learn English by consorting with American and British troops during World War II. The editor and introducer, John Hemming, was one of the British officers for whom Ali Mirdrekvandi, surnamed Gunga Din by the officers, worked. Robert Charles Zaehner (1913-1974) who was acting Counselor of the British Embassy in Teheran about 1950 and shortly later appointed Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford, for whom he also worked briefly, describes him in the Foreword as, "one of the most extraordinary human beings I have ever met...."..

$12.71

The Persian Price

By Anthony, Evelyn

New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc, 1975. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. [vii], 213pp. 8vo/22cm. Green cloth, light wear in lightly chipped and edgeworn dj, internally clean, tight and very good. VG+/G-. A novel of intrigue set in the period of the Shahs. Evelyn Anthony (1928- ) is a popular British writer who has specialized in thriller and spy novels with some earlier historical novels..

$9.78

The Shah's Last Ride: The Fate of An Ally

By Shawcross, William

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1988. Book. Hardcover. First Edition.463pp, nearly fifty photo illustrations, notes, index. Tall 8vo/ 24.5cm. Blue cloth backed boards gilt, shelf wear only, small remainder symbol on bottom edge. VG+/VG. The story of a king's journey into exile and death. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-1980) served as Shah of Iran from 1941 until his overthrow in 1979. William Shawcross (1946- ) is a British writer, broadcaster and commentator with a number of books to his credit, often on controversial figures or subjects..

$9.78

Iran

By Frye, Richard N.

New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1953. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. Berkshire Studies in European History. vi, [iv], 126pp, 2 maps, bibliographical note, 3 appendices, index. 12mo/18.5cm. Blue printed card-stock wrappers, A short and straightforward text by an acknowleged authority designed for introductory college reading on a subject connected with European history. Richard N. Frye (1920- ) is the Aga Khan Professor of Iranian Emeritus at Harvard University and one of the world's leading authorities on Iran..

$9.78

Iran

By Boulanger, Robert

Paris: Librairie Hachette, 1956. Book. Illus. by Photographs by the Author. Good. Hardcover. First Edition. Text in French. 127pp, 8 color plates, 60 black & white plates, map. 8vo/21.5cm. Blue cloth gilt, light wear in edgeworn and slightly soiled dj, gift inscription on ffep, some foxing of end matter, small dampstain at head of gutter but otherwise clean and tight. Good +. Robert Boulanger (1926- ), a talented photographer, has written a number of guidebooks on European and Asian countries and cities. Ghani p. 627 notes the interesting photographs..

$13.69

Nomads of South Persia: The Basseri Tribe of the Khamseh Confederacy

By Barth, Fredrik

Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1965. Book. Hardcover. Second Printing (1964). [x],159pp, 10 figures, appendix, bibliography, index. 8vo/23cm. Hardcover, shelf wear only in lightly foxed and edgeworn dj. VG+/G. "A major contribution to the meager scientific literature on nomads." Harold Amos in Ethnohistory. The Khamseh consist of five tribes and are Arab in origin. Fredrik Barth (1928- ), Norwegian born, is now Professor of Anthropology at Boston University and has published widely on his field work in the North-West Frontier of Pakistan and Iraqi Kurdistan. Ghani, page 31..

$16.62

The Rise and Fall of the Shah

By Saikal, Amin

Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980. Book. Fine. Hardcover. xiv, 279pp, 15 photo illustrations, 3 maps, bibliography, index. Tall 8vo/24cm. Black cloth gilt, lightly rubbed at extremities, in price clipped dj, light edgewear, one short closed split back panel, internally fine. A critical study of the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-1980), Shah of Iran, from the fall of Mossadeq in 1953 to 1979 (though he was Shah from 1941). Dr. Amin Saikal (1951- ), of Afghan origin, is Director of Arab and Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. Navabpour 358 seems relatively favorable to the book but Ghani (p. 329) pans it badly..

$11.73

The Shah of Iran. Aryamehr: The Shah of Iran. A Political Biography

By Sanghvi, Ramesh

New York: Stein and Day, 1969. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. xxvi, 390pp, end-paper map and 2 others, 14 photo illustrations, 2 appendices, 5 documents, bibliographical notes, index. 8vo/22.5cm. Blue cloth silver, lightly rubbed at tail edges in protected lightly edgeworn dj, personal gift inscription on title page, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. Ramesh Sanghvi is a left-wing Indian journalist but one who apparently had the full cooperation of the Shah in writing this biography. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (1919-1980) ruled as Shah from 1941 to 1979..

$13.69

Famous Cities of Iran. With a Foreword by Lord Cadman of Silverdale

By Lockhart, Laurence

Brentford, Middlesex: Walter Pearce & Co., 1939. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition. 115pp, end paper and text maps, 65 illustrations (mainly photographic), bibliography, index. Small 4to/25.5cm. Green cloth gilt, rubbed at extremities-especially at spine ends, foreedge and end papers slightly foxed, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. Laurence Lockhart (1890-1975) worked for the Foreign Office and both the Anglo-Persian and Anglo-Iranian Oil Companies in Iran. He was one of the leading British authorities on Iran and co-edited Volume 6 of The Cambridge History of Iran with Peter Jackson. A talented photographer he took many photographs of Iran from the 1920s to the 1950s. Navabpour lists some twenty five works by him in his 1988 Clio bibliography on Iran..

$37.15

Iran Today. Introduction by Dr. Ishtiaq Husain Qureshi

By Rajput, A.B.

Lahore: Lion Press, 1953. Book. Fine. Hardcover. Third Edition (1945). xvi, 351, x pp, frontis portrait, many photo illustrations, index. 8vo/22.5cm. Blind-stamp decorated red cloth gilt, shelf wear only in protected lightly soiled dj, small stamp of London Book Co., Rawalpindi on ffep, round stamp of Sh. Mohammad Ashraf, (the original publisher) on title page, otherwise internally fine. An account of the land, resources, industrial development, trade and the oil industry in Iran. Contains a full account of the 1933 Oil Agreement and a discussion of the negotiations that preceded it. Updated and extensively revised from its 1945 first edition. Ghani (p.310) says it is "a surprisingly good book for its time." Allah Bakhsh Rajput was a prolific writer who wrote a number of books including an especially well reviewed one on the Muslim League in 1948. Ghani commented that from the contest of this book he obviously considered Iran as his "spiritual home". Rajput received an award, the Nishan-e-Sipas or 'Order of Merit', from the Iranian Government in 1951 for writing this and a History of Persian Literature in Persian..

$15.64