Originally published in 1959, this the second Collins edition, with an additional, and telling, one-page preface describing Thesiger’s return to the region in 1977, and again in 1990. 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 black cloth, title gilt to the spine. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 40 plates, 8 of them double-page, 8 maps to the text, some full-page. A very good copy in price-clipped jacket.