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THESIGER, Wilfred.

Desert Borderlands of Oman.

[and:] PHILBY, Harry St John Bridger. Motor Tracks and Sabaean Inscriptions in Najd. [in The Geographical Journal, Vol. CXVI Nos. 4-6, December 1950].

Published: London: The Royal Geographical Society, 1950

Stock code: 109566

Price: £95

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First editions. Thesiger set out from Abu Dhabi in November 1948 and rode inland to Muwayqih, which became his base of operations for more than a year. “From here he made three major journeys into the northeast of the Rub’ al Khali and the country lying to the west and southwest of the mountains of Oman” (Howgego), his travels taking him westwards to the Liwa Oasis before heading south to the southern coast opposite Masirah Island, Oman, via routes previously unexplored by Europeans. The journey would contribute significantly to his major work, Arabian Sands (1959). Philby reports on the first Sabaean inscriptions found in the Najd proper. They reveal that “certain Sabaean kings of the early fifth century … had penetrated into central Arabia as far as the Duwadami district” (p. 212). Some of these kings were then unknown from other inscriptions; Philby surmises that one of them “must have been the immediate predecessor of the infamous Dhu Nuas of Najran fame” (p. 214).

Octavo. Original blue printed light card wraps. Thesiger: 4 plates from the author’s own photographs; sketch map (1 : 4,752,000). Philby with sketch map, no scale. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Neither piece in Macro or Gay. Howgego IV T14 for Thesiger and P31 for Philby.

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