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"Oriental Encounters: Palestine and Syria, 1894-6" by Marmaduke William Pickthall. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format..

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Wisdom’s Daughter | Haggard H.R.

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Sir Henry Rider Haggard was an English writer of adventure novels set mostly in Africa, and a founder of the Lost World literary genre. In Wisdom’s Daughter the beautiful and immortal Ayesha tells her story of power, wisdom, love, and deception, in her own words. Arabian by birth, Ayesha's natural beauty was the cause in her father's kingdom of many wars and conflicts between jealous princes and suitors, leading to a rumor that she was cursed..

Egypt

Uarda: A Romance of Ancient Egypt (Complete) | Georg Ebers

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By the walls of Thebes—the old city of a hundred gates—the Nile spreads to a broad river; the heights, which follow the stream on both sides, here take a more decided outline; solitary, almost cone-shaped peaks stand out sharply from the level background of the many-colored. limestone hills, on which no palm-tree flourishes and in which no humble desert-plant can strike root. Rocky crevasses and gorges cut more or less deeply into the mountain range, and up to its ridge extends the desert, destructive of all life, with sand and stones, with rocky cliffs and reef-like, desert hills. Behind the eastern range the desert spreads to the Red Sea; behind the western it stretches without limit, into infinity. In the belief of the Egyptians beyond it lay the region of the dead. Between these two ranges of hills, which serve as walls or ramparts to keep back the desert-sand, flows the fresh and bounteous Nile, bestowing blessing and abundance; at once the father and the cradle of millions of beings. On each shore spreads the wide plain of black and fruitful soil, and in the depths many-shaped creatures, in coats of mail or scales, swarm and find subsistence. The lotos floats on the mirror of the waters, and among the papyrus reeds by the shore water-fowl innumerable build their nests. Between the river and the mountain-range lie fields, which after the seed-time are of a shining blue-green, and towards the time of harvest glow like gold. Near the brooks and water-wheels here and there stands a shady sycamore; and date-palms, carefully tended, group themselves in groves. The fruitful plain, watered and manured every year by the inundation, lies at the foot of the sandy desert-hills behind it, and stands out like a garden flower-bed from the gravel-path. In the fourteenth century before Christ—for to so remote a date we must direct the thoughts of the reader—impassable limits had been set by the hand of man, in many places in Thebes, to the inroads of the water; high dykes of stone and embankments protected the streets and squares, the temples and the palaces, from the overflow.Canals that could be tightly closed up led from the dykes to the land within, and smaller branch-cuttings to the gardens of Thebes. On the right, the eastern bank of the Nile, rose the buildings of the far-famed residence of the Pharaohs. Close by the river stood the immense and gaudy Temples of the city of Amon; behind these and at a short distance from the Eastern hills—indeed at their very foot and partly even on the soil of the desert—were the palaces of the King and nobles, and the shady streets in which the high narrow houses of the citizens stood in close rows..

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One of Cleopatra's Nights and Other Fantastic Romances | Théophile Gautier

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"One of Cleopatra's Nights and Other Fantastic Romances" by Théophile Gautier (translated by Lafcadio Hearn). Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format..

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Veiled Women | Marmaduke William Pickthall

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"Veiled Women" by Marmaduke William Pickthall. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format..

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The Earth Is the Lord's | Taylor Caldwell

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From a #1 New York Times–bestselling author: A “magnificent” epic based on the early life of Genghis Khan (New York Herald Tribune). This sweeping saga captures life in the Far East during the Middle Ages and dramatizes the events that transformed a Mongol tribesman named Temujin into the man who would conquer Asia and be known to the world for centuries to come as Genghis Khan. Raised by an indomitable woman and educated by his outcast uncle, Temujin becomes a fearsome warrior who inspires loyalty in his friends and hatred in his enemies. But he is also blessed with a keen intelligence and the charisma of a natural born leader. In an era marked by treachery and savage violence, these gifts lead Temujin to a relentless pursuit of power. From the Gobi Desert to Samarkand, Taylor Caldwell transports readers to a distant world and shines a brilliant light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures. On her “huge historical canvas . . . blood spurts from the knife; beads of sweat stand out on straining flesh; lusts are consummated and revenges achieved” (New York Herald Tribune)..

Antiques & Collectibles

Oriental Rugs a Complete Guide | Charles Jacobsen

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This authoritative reference contains a vast amount of information about Oriental rugs. Oriental Rugs: A Complete Guide is the first large volume on the subject to be printed in the past forty-five years is meant for the individual who is interested in purchasing his first Oriental Rug, as well as the collector, museum, and rug importer. The volume is divided into three main parts. Part I, entitled "General Discussion devotes one chapter to each of the large rug weaving countries and includes helpful hints as to what the rug buyer should look for in an particular rug. Part II, "Description of Types," is an alphabetical list of all the names that have been used to identify rugs in the past, as well as the names that are being used at present. Each entry is followed by a full discussion and description of the rug. Part III, “Plates,” contains 194 pictures of different types of rugs, complete with descriptive captions for each. Thirty-nine of the plates are in full color. All of the plates are large, allowing the reader to see the design, and in some cases, the colors used in the particular rug..

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The People of the Mist | H. Rider Haggard

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The People of the Mist, an intoxicating mix of adventure, fantasy, and romance, is an underappreciated classic of English literature. Lesser-known among Rider’s works, this novel is perhaps more famous for being the origin of the phrase “Per Ardua ad Astra”—through hardship to the stars—than it is as a story that endures over a century after its publication. Shaken by the loss of his fortune, abandoned by the woman he was to marry, Leonard Outram risks all he has left to search across Africa for all he could hope to gain. On the way, he befriends a young Zulu named Otter, who guides and assists him in a hostile land. Together, the two rescue a young Portuguese woman named Juanna Rodd and her nursemaid, Soa, from slavery. In the face of danger—and Soa’s mistrust—Outram finds love all over again. When the group finally discovers the fabled People of the Mist, it quickly becomes clear that in order to gain what they came in search for—the wealth of a powerful kingdom—they will first have to survive in a land torn apart by conflict between royalty and a reptilian god. From beginning to end, Haggard’s story of escape and survival is sure to keep readers immersed in its world and guaranteed to leave them wanting more. To read H. Rider Haggard’s The People of the Mist is to enter a universe that could only be imagined by one of the greatest adventure writers of all time—at the height of his literary powers, no less. Published in book form in 1894 after being serialized in the weekly magazine Tit-Bits, Haggard’s novel is an epic of high fantasy that sheds light on how the intricacies of empire circulated in the popular imagination of British subjects during the reign of Queen Victoria. For the modern reader, it is both a finely-written tale of action and discovery, and a document of a world that is far from lost. Stories such as Haggard’s serve as reminders that we are never as far as we think from the sins of the past, that these “mysterious” and “exotic” lands of myth and adventure not only existed long before European conquest, but survive to this day in its shadow. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this new edition of H. Rider Haggard’s The People of the Mist is a classic of English literature reimagined for modern readers..

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Maiwa's Revenge | Henry Haggard

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Maiwa and 's Revenge, or The War of the Little Hand is a short novel by English writer H. Rider Haggard about the hunter Allan Quartermain. The story involves Quartermain going on a hunting expedition, then taking part in an attack on a native kraal to rescue a captured English hunter, and avenge Maiwa, an African princess whose baby has been killed..

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Tippoo Sultaun: A tale of the Mysore war | Meadows Taylor

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Juvenile Fiction

Where the Red Fern Grows | Wilson Rawls

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A beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past. Praise for Where the Red Fern Grows A Top 100 Children’s Novel, School Library Journal's A Fuse #8 Production A Must-Read for Kids 9 to 14, NPR Winner of Multiple State Awards Over 7 million copies in print! “Very touching.” —The New York Times Book Review “One of the great classics of children’s literature . . . Any child who doesn’t get to read this beloved and powerfully emotional book has missed out on an important piece of childhood for the last 40-plus years.” —Common Sense Media “An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.” —School Library Journal “A book of unadorned naturalness.” —Kirkus Reviews “Written with so much feeling and sentiment that adults as well as children are drawn [in] with a passion.” —Arizona Daily Star “It’s a story about a young boy and his two hunting dogs and . . . I can’t even go on without getting a little misty.” —The Huffington Post “We tear up just thinking about it.” —Time on the film adaptation.

Fiction

Child of Storm | H. Rider Haggard

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What begins as a simple mission to win a dowry for a bride spirals into political and social unrest as a famed hunter, Allan Quatermain, witnesses a nation slip into a civil war. Known for his outdoorsman skills, Quatermain’s friend, Saduko, approaches him to ask for help winning a dowry for the woman he loves. Hoping to marry a beautiful and mysterious woman named Mameema, Saduko must obtain a sum of one hundred cattle to use as a dowry. Happy to help his friend, Quatermain assists Saduko achieve his goal, but when Mameema begins to show interest in Quatermain instead, complications arise. Though Quatermain is adamantly against it, Mameema tries to get him to marry her, in hopes that it would benefit her. Ambitious and cunning, Mameema dreams of being the leading woman of her home city, a settlement called Zululand. However, as she manipulates her way into power, political strife and turmoil follow, leading Quatermain to witness Zululand regress into a state of civil war. With a plot rooted in historical events, Child of the Storm by H. Rider Haggard is both a subtle study of anthropology and an exciting action adventure narrative with romantic elements. Following the events of Haggard’s Marie, this novel can be enjoyed independently or as a continuation of Quatermain’s adventures in Africa. Written with detailed and imaginative prose, Child of the Storm mixes themes of politics, war, and sexuality to create an ensnaring and unique adventure for Haggard’s reoccurring and fan-favorite character, Allan Quatermain. First published over one hundred years ago in 1913, Child of the Storm continues to capture the attention of readers with its wit, vivid imagery, and complex characters. This edition of Child of the Storm by H. Rider Haggard features a stunning new cover design and is printed in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, Child of the Storm caters to a contemporary audience while preserving the original mastery and adventure of H. Rider Haggard’s work..

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Heu-Heu or The Monster | Henry Rider Haggard

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Another adventure story of Allan Quatermain in the former undiscovered Africa... At the end of the 19th century African hunter Allan Quatermain and his clever and brave helpmate Hans are set on a mission by the wizard Zikali, as already mentioned in other adventures with Allan Quatermain. The two companions are set out to bring some of the leaves of the Tree of Illusions. This special tree only grows in the garden of priests of a mythic moribund people who worship a semi-gorilla-like god by sacrificing humans to him. By the attempt to fulfill their mission they step into the mystery of this ape-like god: Heu Heu, a twelve-foot-tall gigantic semi-gorilla-monster, red-bearded with claws at hands and feet... Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1926) was one of the most significant writers of classical adventure novels. He is known as the founder of the Lost World literary genre. His tales are situated in the lighter end of Victorian literature and are often settled in the former undiscovered Africa. First Haggard worked as a secretary for the governor in Natal, South-Africa. During his later career, when he worked as a clerk, Haggard was involved into the conflicts between the Boers and the natives. He was not only interested in the country’s problems but also in the cultures of the Zulus which he describes in his classical novels of imaginative literature. Henry Rider Haggard wrote “Heu Heu or The Monster” two years before his death in may 1923. The novel was first published in the following year 1924. Even today his exciting novels continue to be popular and influential..

Literary Collections

Lew Wallace: The Complete Novels | Lew Wallace

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This book contains the complete novels of Lew Wallace - The Fair God - Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ - The Prince of India; or, Why Constantinople Fell.

Art

Aesthetic Hybridity in Mughal Painting, 1526–1658 | Valerie Gonzalez

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The first specialized critical-aesthetic study to be published on the concept of hybridity in early Mughal painting, this book investigates the workings of the diverse creative forces that led to the formation of a unique Mughal pictorial language. Mughal pictoriality distinguishes itself from the Persianate models through the rationalization of the picture’s conceptual structure and other visual modes of expression involving the aesthetic concept of mimesis. If the stylistic and iconographic results of this transformational process have been well identified and evidenced, their hermeneutic interpretation greatly suffers from the neglect of a methodologically updated investigation of the images’ conceptual underpinning. Valerie Gonzalez addresses this lacuna by exploring the operations of cross-fertilization at the level of imagistic conceptualization resulting from the multifaceted encounter between the local legacy of Indo-Persianate book art, the freshly imported Persian models to Mughal India after 1555 and the influx of European art at the Mughal court in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The author's close examination of the visuality, metaphysical order and aesthetic language of Mughal imagery and portraiture sheds new light on this particular aspect of its aesthetic hybridity, which is usually approached monolithically as a historical phenomenon of cross-cultural interaction. That approach fails to consider specific parameters and features inherent to the artistic practice, such as the differences between doxis and praxis, conceptualization and realization, intentionality and what lies beyond it. By studying the distinct phases and principles of hybridization between the variegated pictorial sources at work in the Mughal creative process at the successive levels of the project/intention, the practice/realization and the result/product, the author deciphers the modalities of appropriation and manipulation of the heterogeneous elements. Her unique.

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Tales of Secret Egypt | Sax Rohmer

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The scenes of this story are laid in Egypt -- Abu-Tabah, the inscrutable Egyptian, who appears and disappears so mysteriously, is not so blood-curdling a villain as Fu Manchu, but his exploits possess the same breathless interest that characterized the activities of the yellow doctor. In the latter half of the book, notably in the story, "The Valley of the Sorceress," there is an element new in Rohmer's work -- that of the supernatural ....