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COBBOLD, Lady Evelyn.

Pilgrimage to Mecca.

Availability: In stock

Published: London John Murray, 1934

Stock Code: 128475

£1,250
signed
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Olive a friend of the authoress - 1934". The recipient was likely Olive Zeytoun Howell, a fellow convert who worshipped alongside Cobbold at the Woking Mosque. Cobbold travelled extensively in the Middle East during her childhood, where "she learnt to speak Arabic and delighted in escaping her governess to visit local mosques with her Algerian friends" (ODNB). She converted to Islam in around 1914, having continued to travel and study in the region. In 1933, at the age of 65, she became the first British Muslim woman to make the hajj; "she travelled in style, hiring a chauffeured car and receiving special attention through introductions from Harry St John Bridger Philby. Her hajj diary, published by Murray's in 1934, received a mixed reception because it combined travelogue with a bold treatise on Islam and Muslim history for Western, non-Muslim readers" (ODNB). The work is "a valuable record of the hajj: for once, a woman's view from the inside out... the picture she gives of the experience is unelaborate and revealing, and detailed enough to serve as a guidebook as well as a travel account" (Robinson, p. 41). An uncommon work; Copac lists copies in only eleven British institutions.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

Illustrations

Frontispiece and 12 other plates, full-page map.

Condition

Light indentations to spine, endpapers toned, else a very good copy.

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