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KOESTLER, Arthur. The Thirteenth Tribe: the Khazar empire and it's heritage.

London. Hutchinson, 1976. First edition.
8vo. 255pp, [1]. With a black and white photo frontispiece. Original publisher's black cloth, lettered in gilt, pictorial dustwrapper. Very minor shelf-wear, spine panel of wrapper sunned. Bookplate of R. J. Dickinson to FEP, one leaf creased, else internally clean and crisp.
The first edition of Hungarian British author and journalist Arthur Koestler's (1905-1983) controversial history in which he advances the thesis that Ashkenazi Jews are not descended from the historical Israelites of antiquity, but from Khazars, a semi-nomadic Turkic people who established a major commercial empire across the majority of Eastern Europe.
£ 50.00 Antiquates Ref: 22205