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A history of Arabia Felix or Yemen, from the commencement of the Christian era to the present time including an account of the British settlement of Aden

Author Sir Robert Lambert Playfair (1828-1899)
Title A history of Arabia Felix or Yemen, from the commencement of the Christian era to the present time including an account of the British settlement of Aden
Imprint Bombay: Printed for the Government at the Education Society's Press, Byculla
Date of Publication 1859
Language English
Notes Sir Robert Lambert Playfair (1828-1899), colonial administrator and author, was born at St Andrews, Fife. He was the grandson of James Playfair, principal of the University of St Andrews, and the third son of George Playfair (1782-1846), chief inspector-general of hospitals in Bengal. After studying at St Andrews University and at Addiscombe College, he entered the Royal (Madras) Artillery in 1846. Between 1848 and May 1862, Playfair was involved in a various official duties in the Middle East: from November 1848 to May 1850 he was in a quasi-political mission to Syria; from March 1852 until September 1853 he served as assistant executive engineer at Aden; and from 1854 to 1862 he served as the assistant to the first political resident in Aden. Playfair was a qualified interpreter of Arabic, and used his time at Aden to research the history of that part of the Arabian Peninsula. In his 'History of Arabia Felix, or, Yemen ...' (1859), Playfair concentrates on an historical overview of Yemen from the Christian era onwards as he felt that the history of Arabia anterior to Christianity had already been extensively covered. In his preface, Playfair stresses that his goal was to produce a generalist history which could function as both a ready reference, and also as a starting point for more detailed work by future historians.
Shelfmark RB.m.650
Reference Sources DNB
Acquired on 16/05/07
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