Morocco is a country that has been much invaded, much traveled though, and much written about in many languages. Positioned at the entrance to Africaâ€”or the entrance to Europeâ€”it has seen deep cultural cross-fertilization and the emergence of a very distinct culture at the threshold of two worlds. Its history is exciting and colorful; its ancient cities extraordinary in their preservation; and its people magnetic. It has drawn travelers and writers for many centuries, and continues to do so today, with the result that there exists a rich seam of description and sometimes quizzical (but generally very fond) appreciation, which Martin Rose, a long-time resident of the country, has been able to mine for this fascinating anthology.
A Morocco Anthology
Travel Writing through the Centuries
Edited byMartin Rose
5 April 2018
For sale worldwide
Grand Hotels of Egypt
In the Golden Age of Travel
In the Golden Age of TravelAndrew Humphreys
From the earliest resthouses serving travelers on the Overland Route between Britain and Bombay to the grand Edwardian palaces on the Nile that made Egypt the exotic alternative to wintering on the Riviera, the hotels of Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan were always about far more than just bed and board. As bridgeheads for African exploration, neutral territories for conducting diplomacy, headquarters for armies, providers of home comforts for writers, painters, scholars, and archaeologists in the field, and social hubs for an international elite, more of importance happened in Egyptâ€™s hotels than in any other setting. It was through the hotels that visitors from the westâ€”the earliest adventurers, then the travelers and, finally, the touristsâ€”experienced the Orient. This book tells the stories of Egyptâ€™s historic hotels (including the Cecil, Shepheardâ€™s, the Mena House, Gezira Palace, Semiramis, Winter Palace, and Cataract) and some of the people who stayed in them, from Amelia Edwards, Lucie Duff Gordon and Florence Nightingale to Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle, Winston Churchill, and TE Lawrence....read more
21 October 2015
274 illus., including 110 in color
A Cairo Anthology
Two Hundred Years of Travel Writing
Edited by Deborah Manley
Two Hundred Years of Travel WritingEdited by Deborah Manley
Cairo has long been recognized as one of the great cities of the world, and many travelers have recorded their descriptions of it over the centuriesâ€”from the early eye-witness account of Herodotus to the reflections of Sir Richard Burton, Florence Nightingale, and Mark Twain.
A Cairo Anthology gathers together the impressions of many of these writers: with them we experience the excitement of exploring the great city, through its crowded streets and colorful bazaars, we enter the hotels, hire donkeys, ascend to the historic Citadel, and look out across the Nile toward the Sphinx and the Pyramids, and we visit those vast monuments that are in reality always larger and more extraordinary than one can believe, and climb to their summits to gaze back at Cairo, the Mother of the World....read more
30 November 2013
27 b/w illus.
Cairoâ€™s Street Stories
Exploring the Cityâ€™s Statues, Squares, Bridges, Gardens, and Sidewalk CafĂ©s
Exploring the Cityâ€™s Statues, Squares, Bridges, Gardens, and Sidewalk CafĂ©sLesley Lababidi
In 1872, Ismail Pasha, the khedive of Egypt, was the first to adopt the European custom of positioning heroic statues on public display as a symbolic message of the continuing authority of the ruling Muhammad Ali dynasty to which he belonged, but it was not until the early twentieth century and the determination of sculptor Mahmoud Mukhtar that such public art gained general acceptance, and today statues stand, ride, or sit in the streets, squares, and gardens of Cairo. Each sculpture adds a piece to the jigsaw of history spanning personalities and events that shaped the city and wider Egypt from 1805 to 1970, and here Cairo-based author Lesley Lababidi provides a unique perspective on Egyptian history through looking at more than thirty statues and monumental sculptures and the stories behind them. Between statues, she explores Cairoâ€™s growth and its multidimensional identity, as manifested in the development and changing use of city space over the centuries, and examines the relationship of Cairoâ€™s modern denizens with the landscapes, districts, palaces, archaeological sites, cafĂ©s, bridges, and gardens of their great and maddening city, the Mother of the World. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and archival pictures, Cairoâ€™s Street Stories presents a unique and lively view of the history that fashioned the cityâ€™s streets and open spaces, and of the many and often unexpected uses to which its inventive inhabitants put them....read more
15 April 2008
Over 100 color illus.
Cairo Inside Out
Trevor Naylor Photographs by Doriana Dimitrova
Photographs by Doriana Dimitrova
Cairo is a city of splendor and spectacle, long celebrated as much for its warmth and bustling street life as for the legacy of its tumultuous past. Yet for the countless visitors who fall under its spell, the prolonged din of its crowds and traffic can seem overwhelming at times, tempting them out of the cityâ€™s open spaces into its shadow light, the cooler, quieter interiors of restaurants, homes, hotels, and terraces. Cairo Inside Out evokes the light and moods of this great metropolis with stunning photographs shot from the cityâ€™s indoor havens. We observe it through and from nostalgic haunts, such as CafĂ© Riche and the Windsor Hotel, and look out onto its great sightsâ€”the Nile, the Red Pyramid at Dahshur, Ibn Tulun mosqueâ€”from the most intimate urban interiors, homes, and watersides. For those who may have lived in Cairo, this is a reminder of a city that moves and yet remains wonderfully unchanged. For visitors and residents, this evocative collection, an unabashed homage to Cairoâ€™s persistent color and allure, will inspire them to visit those places once more....read more
15 February 2017
150 color photographs