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Ben Kendim. A Record of Eastern Travel.
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HERBERT, Aubrey.

Ben Kendim. A Record of Eastern Travel.

Edited by Desmond MacCarthy.

Published: London: Hutchinson & Co., 1924

Stock code: 92342

Price: £225

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First edition, surprisingly uncommon in commerce. Posthumously published account of travels through Yemen, Persian Gulf, Mesopotamia, Albania and Turkey. “Travel was to him not only the adventure of youth; it was the determining influence in his political life.” (from the editorial note.) Herbert, an eminent Balkanist and advocate of Albanian independence, spent his war in intelligence, with the intelligence bureau at Cairo (later the Arab Bureau), at Gallipoli, where “eyebrows were sometimes raised at his unremittingly pro-Turkish stance” (ODNB), Mesopotamia, Salonika, and Italy. Herbert’s Arabian adventures began with a trip to Sanaa with fellow MP Leland Buxton in 1905; “at that date hardly any Englishman had been to Sanaa, and it still had the mystery, if not the glory, that belonged to it when the Queen of Sheba held her court upon its mountains”. They continued to the Persian Gulf while Herbert was recovering from typhoid, having become convinced that it “offered admirable qualifications for recuperation” – Bahrein; Ojair; Al-Hasa. An unusually nice copy.

Octavo. original blue cloth, title gilt to spine, blind panel to the upper board. 6 full-page maps. Cloth a little spotted, free endpapers slightly browned, foxing to edges and prelims, but remains a bright, tight copy.

Bibliography: Not in Macro; see Bidwell, Travellers in Arabia p.174.

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