1929 Said Bin Sultan (1791-1856) Ruler of Oman and Zanzibar His Place in the History of Arabia and East Africa
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
The first edition of this scarce work.
An important biography on Said Bin Sultan, written by his grandson, Rudolph Said Ruete.
Illustrated with a portrait frontispiece, one folding map, and five plates.
Said Bin Sultan was the sultan of Omar and Muscat, noted for moving the capital to Zanzibar. During his rule the Omani Empire research its peak of power and wealth. Said became the Sultan when he was about fifteen years old, and went on to rule for another fifty-two years. He is often called the Lion of Oman, and is considered to be one of the greatest Omani sultans.
This is an insightful biography on the influential figure, looking at his life and career as ruler. It provides an insightful familial look at Said Bin Sultan; the author was the son of Princess Salme, also known as Emily Ruete, who married a German merchant in 1867. Emily was the last of Said's thirty-six children.
Rudolph was a journalist who, in 1934, renounced his German citizenship with the rise of the Nazi Party, becoming a British subject. He was born ten years after Said Bin Sultan's death.
In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally, smart. Institutional blind stamp to the front board. Light rubbing to the joints and extremities, resulting in a small amount of loss to the extremities. . Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Spine is a little faded. A small amount of label residue to the tail of the spine. A small amount of loss and lifting to the rear joint and rear board. Library label to the front paste down. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean with only a few light spots. Institutional blind stamp to the title page, and ink stamp to the reverse of the frontispiece, to the head of the title page, reverse of the title page, to the reverse of the plates and folding map, and to the occasional page of text.
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