CULTURAL HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN — Kabul / Mohammed Ali — RARE, Scarce DJ 1964
For sale is a very RARE copy of A CULTURAL HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN — even more rare due to its dust jacket, which is in great shape. Copies of less quality of this book range from $200 - $500. It’s a very scarce work on Afghanistan, made even scarcer by the current wave of book-burnings in the country. The author, Mohammed Ali, was one of the most prolific and noted scholars of his time. In this book, he covers the full range of Afghan history — from the Aryans of the Rigveda to the secular life surrounding King Zahir Shah.
Photographs and illustrations are throughout the book, and include many of the now vanished monuments and artifacts. Other images include the first female doctor in Afghanistan, as well as unveiled women working in a laboratory setting.
A very nice copy of a rare first edition — historically fascinating and important. The author’s hopeful and optimistic view of Afghanistan, which was on its way to becoming a very modern and prosperous country, is palpable throughout the work. It’s infused with his hope and assumption that the reigning enlightenment and prosperity of his day would continue.
- Hardcover with dust jacket
- Kabul / Lahore: Mohammed Ali / Punjab Educational Press, 1964
- First Edition
- Quarter blue cloth, printed white boards
- Photographs and illustrations
- 255 pages
- The book is in great condition, with no interior marks. Normal shelf wear to covers, and dust jacket is in great condition considering the light material of this first edition. There’s some clear tape on the inside of the DJ.