being a record of travel in Southern Arabia. With an appendix on the rock inscriptions by A. F. L. Beeston.London : 1939 Stock Code: 59530
NotesFirst edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To G. L. Bates with the author's thanks and good wishes. H. St. J. B. Philby, 1/5/39." George Latimer Bates was an eminent ornithologist, naturalist, and author of the Handbook of Birds of West Africa. Bates had spent some 25 years in West Africa supporting himself by supplying specimens to the Natural History Museum. After the publication of his book he began to assist the Museum in cataloguing the bird samples being sent back from Arabia by Philby. Following an invitation from Philby, Bates taught himself Arabic and went out to join him in 1934, partly to assist in collecting specimens, but also to carry out research for a book on the birds of Arabia. Although he contributed several papers on regional species to Ibis, the book was never published, but after his death in 1940 the manuscript was used by Meinertzhagen in the production of Birds of Arabia. Philby presentation copies are decidedly uncommon.
"The world's leading authority on the history and geography of Arabia describes the latter part of a nine-month journey he recently made from Saudi Arabia overland to Aden, the first on record by a European" (Foreign Affairs, January, 1940).
Large octavo. Original green cloth, title gilt to spine together with Athena's owl.
Frontispiece and 46 other plates, folding map at the rear.
Boards severely mottled as usual, spotting to endpapers and occasionally to the text, about very good. A few marginal notes in Bates's hand.
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