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THESIGER, Wilfred.

Arabian Sands.

London: Longmans, Green and Co. Ltd, 1959 Stock Code: 130541
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Focuses on the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula between 1945 and 1950

First edition. 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. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in terracotta morocco, raised bands, titles to spine gilt, dark green endpapers, gilt edges.


Frontispiece and 46 plates, 8 maps to the text, some full-page, with folding map in a pocket at the back.


The occasional minor blemish, an excellent copy in a fine binding.


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