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STARK, Freya.

Baghdad Sketches.

London, John Murray, 1937 Stock Code: 140971

From the library of Arabist Gerald de Gaury

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First UK edition, expanded from the Baghdad Times edition of 1932 and with the addition of a selection of the author's superb photographs. This copy from the library of Arabist Gerald de Gaury, his book plate to the front pastedown, and John Murray compliments slip "Sent at Miss Stark's instructions" mounted on the front free endpaper beneath ownership inscription of H. de Gaury, most likely his mother Hilda, a few pencilled marks in the margins. An important figure in British diplomacy in the Arab world, de Gaury was a close friend Stark, who thanks him here as her host in a piece on Kuwait. A series of sketches intended "to give a picture of daily life" in the city where Stark had moved in 1929, and where "she went slumming in Arab clothing and was an outsider among priggish British expatriates. She gained acceptance after adventurous journeys to Lurestan and the Alamut district of Mazandaran, and the War Office made maps from her observations... In 1933 Stark returned to London to receive accolades as a female traveller. She was awarded the Back grant from the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and was the first woman to receive the Burton medal of the Royal Asiatic Society" (ODNB).

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Octavo. Original blue-green cloth, titles gilt to spine, Stark's facsimile signature gilt to front board. With the dust jacket.


Frontispiece and 50 other plates from Stark's photographs, 10 line-drawn sketches to the text by E. N. Prescott, double-page map.


A little rubbed, corners bumped, mild lean, free endpapers spotted, overall very good.


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