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    The Passions of the Soul.
    Les Passions de l'âme
    Les Passions de l'âme (The passions of the soul) is a treatise on moral philosophy, published in Paris in 1649, in which the philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) theorizes on "the passions," or what contemporary readers would call emotions. Descartes argues that passions are a matter of nature and therefore of the body. They are not inherently bad for the spirit, as long as they...
    • Contributor: Descartes, René
    • Date: 1649
    • Resource: - 339 pages

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    Modern geography. A description of the empires, kingdoms, states, and colonies; with the oceans, seas, and isles; in all parts of the world: including the most recent discoveries, and political alterations: Digested ... "Catalogue of maps, and of books of voyages and travels": v. 2, p. 792-802. Vols. 1 and 2 have supplements containing corrections and additions 1817.
    • Contributor: Pond, John - Pinkerton, John - Nicolle De La Croix
    • Date: 1811
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    A memoir of India and Avghanistaun, with observations on the present exciting and critical state and future prospects of those countries ...
    Memoir of India and Afghanistan
    Josiah Harlan (1799-1871) was an adventurer and soldier of fortune who possibly was the first American to travel to Afghanistan. Born in Pennsylvania into a large Quaker family, he went to Asia in 1823, where he found employment as a surgeon with the British East India Company. In 1827 he entered the service of Shah Shooja-ool-Moolk, the former leader of Afghanistan who had been...
    • Contributor: Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) - Harlan, Josiah
    • Date: 1842
    • Resource: - 238 pages
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    The preaching of Islam; a history of the propagation of the Muslim faith, The Preaching of Islam: A History of the Propagation of the Muslim Faith is an important early work by the British Orientalist and historian of Islamic art Sir Thomas Walker Arnold (1864-1930). Arnold was born in Devonport, Devon, England, and graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1888 he moved to British India, where he taught philosophy at the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College (present-day Aligarh Muslim...
    • Contributor: Arnold, Thomas Walker
    • Date: 1913
    • Resource: - 482 pages
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    The journey of William of Rubruck to the eastern parts of the world, 1253-55, Translation of: Itinerarium. Bibliography: p. [xlvii]-lvi.
    • Contributor: Giovanni - Ruysbroek, Willem Van - Ruysbroeck, Willem Van - Rockhill, William Woodville
    • Date: 1900
    • Resource: - 389 pages
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    A voyage round the world : including an embassy to Muscat and Siam in 1835, 1836, and 1837 In 1832, U.S. president Andrew Jackson, acting on the advice of Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury, dispatched Edmund Roberts as a "special agent of the government," empowered to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with countries in Asia. The objective was to expand trade between these countries and the United States. Between early 1832 and May 1834, Roberts circumnavigated the globe. In the...
    • Contributor: Ruschenberger, W. S. W. (William Samuel Waithman) - Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1838
    • Resource: - 568 pages
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    Central Asian questions; Demetrius Charles Boulger (1853-1928) was a British orientalist who wrote prolifically on topics mainly related to the British Empire. With Sir Lepel Henry Griffin (1840-1908), a British administrator in India, he co-founded the Asiatic Quarterly Review, which he edited for a time. An unapologetic imperialist with strongly anti-Russian views, Boulger criticized the British government for its lack of assertiveness, as he saw it, in...
    • Contributor: Boulger, Demetrius Charles
    • Date: 1885
    • Resource: - 481 pages
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    Arabia; the cradle of Islam; Samuel Zwemer (1867-1952) was an American Protestant missionary who lived for nine years in Bahrain and became a student of the Arab world and, especially, the Arabian Peninsula. Published in New York in 1900, Arabia: The Cradle of Islam contains detailed chapters on the geography of Arabia; the holy cities of Mecca and Medina; the Prophet Muhammad and the rise of Islam; the contemporary...
    • Contributor: Zwemer, Samuel Marinus
    • Date: 1900
    • Resource: - 510 pages
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    Panama and the canal in picture and prose ... Published in 1913, Panama and the Canal in Picture and Prose is a comprehensive overview of Panama and the Panama Canal in the year before it was opened to commerce. Organized in 20 chapters, the book begins with an introductory chapter about Jamaica, "the front door to Panama." Chapters two through six give an overview of the history and geography of Panama. Chapter 15...
    • Contributor: Abbot, Willis John
    • Date: 1913
    • Resource: - 468 pages
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    Flora of Aden Flora of Aden is a botanical catalog of plants found in Aden and vicinity at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The work appeared in three issues in 1914-16. Despite never having traveled to the region, Father Ethelbert Blatter was able to add 250 plants to the literature of the region's known species. He relied on various herbaria and travel accounts, beginning with...
    • Contributor: Blatter, Ethelbert
    • Date: 1914
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    The countries and tribes of the Persian Gulf. The Countries and Tribes of the Persian Gulf is a collection of the notes of S.B. Miles, longtime British official in the Persian Gulf generally and Oman in particular. They were compiled and published posthumously, first in 1919, and reprinted several times later. This account of Oman's political history is still widely consulted and quoted. Miles covers pre-Islamic history, pointing out that from the...
    • Contributor: Miles, Samuel Barrett
    • Date: 1919
    • Resource: - 671 pages
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    The strangling of Persia; a story of the European diplomacy and oriental intrigue that resulted in the denationalization of twelve million Mohammedans, a personal narrative, William Morgan Shuster (1877-1960) was an American lawyer and financial expert who served as treasurer general to the government of the Persian Empire in 1911. In 1910, the Persian government asked U.S. president William Howard Taft for technical assistance in reorganizing its financial system. Taft chose Shuster to head a mission of American experts to Tehran. The Strangling of Persia is Shuster's account of...
    • Contributor: Shuster, W. Morgan (William Morgan)
    • Date: 1912
    • Resource: - 502 pages
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    The exploration of the world. Added t. p., illus. Series title also at head of t. p.
    • Contributor: Leigh, Dora - Verne, Jules
    • Date: 1882
    • Resource: - 678 pages
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    Klondike : the Chicago record's book for gold seekers. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began in earnest within 18 months of a major gold strike on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River near Dawson City, Canada. Tens of thousands of prospectors from around the world streamed north to Alaska and the Yukon in a feverish search for fortune. Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers was rushed into print...
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    Molly Brown of Kentucky,
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    Arabia. Josiah Conder (1789-1855) was a British publisher and author who wrote or compiled 33 volumes of travel literature about nearly every region of the world, including the Middle East. Conder himself never traveled abroad and composed his works by drawing upon the writings of earlier scholars and explorers. As indicated in the subtitle, Conder organized his book on Arabia into sections. He begins by...
    • Contributor: Conder, Josiah
    • Date: 1833
    • Resource: - 380 pages
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    Travels in Arabia, Travels in Arabia provides an overview, intended for a general audience, of the most important European travelers to Arabia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book was compiled and written by Bayard Taylor (1825-78), an American poet, translator, and travel writer, and first published in 1872. Shown here is a slightly revised and updated edition, published in 1892. Following brief introductory chapters about...
    • Contributor: Taylor, Bayard - Stevens, Thomas
    • Date: 1892
    • Resource: - 338 pages
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    Flora Arabica. Flora Arabica is a botanical catalog of the plants of the Arabia. The work is in six volumes covering the whole of the Arabian Peninsula: the extra-tropical west, the tropical west, the tropical east, and the extra-tropical east including the Persian Gulf region. The catalog is by Father Ethelbert Blatter, and is largely based on the herbaria of the British Museum, which itself contained...
    • Contributor: Blatter, Ethelbert
    • Date: 1919
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    Etruscan Bologna: a study.
    • Contributor: Burton, Richard Francis
    • Date: 1876
    • Resource: - 300 pages
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    The inner life of Syria, Palestine, and the Holy Land.
    • Contributor: Burton, Isabel
    • Date: 1875
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    The war and Elizabeth,
    • Contributor: Ward, Humphry
    • Date: 1918
    • Resource: - 350 pages