A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race.
A Visit to the Court of the Arab Emir, and "Our Persian Campaign."London, John Murray, 1881 Stock Code: 138761
NotesFirst edition of the classic account of Lady Blunt's trip with her husband Wilfrid Scawen Blunt in Northern Arabia and the Nejd, "the highlands sacred to all Syrian Bedouins as their ancestral homeland" (Howgego). In Lady Blunt's copious journals "her scientific interests are manifest in the mass of aneroid readings, barometric pressures, and compass bearings", the journals were "written simply as a private daily record, and provide frank insights into every aspect of her life they also reveal a woman of remarkable courage and endurance She was one of very few women of her time to travel into the heart of the desert . Her artistic talent is evident in her sketches: whether of desert scenes, Arabs and their animals, town dwellings, or ruined forts, they were executed meticulously" (ODNB). She was also one of the first to record the petroglyphs at Jebel Shammar. These journals were introduced and "essentially rewritten" (Howgego) by Wilfrid, seen by Ali Behdad as typical of the practices of the time which required "a woman's representation of the exotic Other to be authorised by the male orientalist", with roles demarcated "between the woman as fieldworker and the man as analytical theorist" (Belated Traveller: Orientalism in the Era of Colonial Dissolution, pp.95-7).
2 volumes, octavo (198 x 123 mm). Contemporary dark blue half calf, richly gilt spines, pale and dark brown twin labels, Gold Vein pattern marbled sides and endpapers, top edge gilt.
Wood-engraved frontispiece to each and 12 similar plates by J. W. Whymper after Anne Blunt, numerous wood-engraved vignette tailpieces, coloured folding map at rear of vol. I.
Scattered foxing. A most attractive copy, complete with half-titles.
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