First US edition, same year as the UK first. This copy signed on the title page. This was Thesiger’s first book and “and, in his opinion, his finest” (ODNB) “During the years that I was in Arabia I never thought that I would write a book about my travels … Seven years after leaving Arabia I showed some photographs I had taken to Graham Watson and he strongly urged me to write a book about the desert. This I refused to do … The following day Graham Watson came to see me again, and this time he brought Mark Longman with him. After much argument the two of them persuaded me to try to write this book. Now that I have finished it I am grateful to them, for the effort to remember every detail has brought back vividly into my mind the Bedu amongst whom I travelled, and the vast empty land across which I rode on camels for ten thousand miles” (Introduction).
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Octavo. Original blue cloth-backed boards, title to the spine, and abstracted sand dune device to the front board in gilt and white. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 46 plates, 8 maps to the text, some full-page, folding map mounted on the rear pastedown. Endpapers typically toned, pale toning to the margins, else very good in clipped, slightly rubbed, minor edge chips and splits, old tape repair at the head of the spine.