Over 800 Duplicates for Sale

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From time to time the Ancient India & Iran Trust advertises duplicate books and periodicals for sale.  Many of these are rare and out of print. We view this as a useful way of helping researchers and also of creating revenue. We have no dedicated income for purchasing current publications so the proceeds from book sales make a direct contribution towards keeping our collections up to date. We have just issued a new list of over 800 titles which include many duplicates from the collections of Mary Boyce (1920-2006), Professor …

The Silk Road: a New History with Documents

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Hansen, Valerie. The Silk Road: A New History with Documents. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780190208929 I was recently delighted to receive the new edition of Valerie Hansen’s Silk Road: a New History, originally published in 2012. The original edition was already much acclaimed for being eminently readable and accessible — my much-thumbed edition accompanied me faithfully on two visits around China in 2012 and 2013 — as a guide to the Silk Road, based on up to date scholarship using archaeological and historical sources. It was largely …

New to the AIIT

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A Dictionary: Christian Sogdian, Syriac and English A Dictionary: Christian Sogdian, Syriac and English / Nicholas Sims-Williams. Wiesbaden : Reichert Verlag, 2016 17.0 x 24.0 cm, 408 p., cloth 148,00 € ISBN: 9783954901753 Ancient India & Iran Trust Library shelfmark: AIIT.a.1802 This recent publication by our Chairman Nicholas Sims-Williams represents a landmark in the study of Christian Sogdian and at the same time is designed to be accessible both to Iranists, whether or not they know Syriac, and to Syriacists, whether or not they know Sogdian. Many works of Syriac …

Some Recent Acquisitions

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Arts of the Hellenized East : precious metalwork and gems of the pre-Islamic era Arts of the Hellenized East: precious metalwork and gems of the pre-Islamic era / Martha L. Carter ; with contributions by Prudence O. Harper and Pieter Meyers. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015. The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait. Hardcover | ISBN 9780500970690 | December 2015 424 pages | 350+ colour illustrations | 9 in × 11.2 in × 1.7 in This is the sixth volume in Thames & Hudson’s series exploring the treasures of The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait. …

Further Donation from the Collection of Sir Roger Stevens

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The Trust has recently received another generous donation to add to its collection of books on Iran, owned previously by Sir Roger Stevens (1906-1980), former British ambassador to Iran. Sir Roger went to Iran in 1954 as Britain’s first ambassador after a two year break —the result of nationalization of the oil industry— and played a key role in rebuilding diplomatic relations. Although he served there for only four years, his enthusiasm for the people, art and history of Iran never left him. His main work was The Land of …