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BENT, Theodore & Mrs Theodore.

Southern Arabia. Soudan and Socotra.

Published: London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1900

Stock code: 95175

Price: £2,000

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First edition, later issue. Uncommon, particularly so in such sharp condition. Bent and his wife surveyed in the Arabian peninsula extensively between 1893 and his death in 1897, adding “much to European knowledge of the Hadhramaut country, the mountainous area backing the Gulf of Aden … In November 1896 he traversed Socotra and explored the little-known country within 50 miles of Aden. His last journey was through parts of southern Arabia in 1897” (ODNB). This account of those last explorations – divided into sections on Southern Arabia, Muscat, the Hadhramaut, Dhorat and the Gara Mountains, the Eastern Soudan, the Mahri Island of Sokotra, Beled Fadhli and Beled Yafei. – was edited by his wife, “herself an intrepid traveller”, and is much enhanced by “her important and early photographs”.

Octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to the spine, device in blind to the upper board. Photogravure portrait frontispiece and 25 half-tone plates, 6 coloured maps, 5 of them folding. Spine a little sunned, pale toning, a scatter of foxing to the fore-edge, else an unusually well-preserved copy.

Bibliography: Macro 524

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