The Cornhill Magazine.
No. 964, April 1945. Edited by Peter Quennell.London: John Murray, 1945 Stock Code: 127634
First Edition. A copy of the magazine from Freya Stark's personal library, containing an article by her entitled "Moving Pictures in Arabia". Illustrated by two pictures of Yemen, Stark tells an amusing account of her attempts to screen films with a travelling cinema in Yemen. She is particularly interested to note how Yemeni women reacted to this technology, commenting that "the ladies were entranced by the Ordinary Life in Edinburgh, and I would snap it back on its reel amid applause, thinking 'One can never tell'" (p. 273-4). The magazine includes the work of several other writers including a poem by John Betjeman and a strident article praising the leaders of the Yugoslavian Partisan refugee camp at El Shatt in Egypt during the war by Arthur Calder-Marshall.
Octavo. Original publisher's wrappers.
5 plates, 4 of which are double sided. One plate with photographs by Dr Hugh Scott recto: "Ibb: Minaret with roofed Gallery", verso: "San'a: The Arab City in the Afternoon Light".
Bookseller's ticket for Henry Sotheran and small bookplate "From the Library of Freya Stark" inside the front cover. Light chipping at the top of spine and at some extremities, tide mark around bottom of spine, the name "Freya Stark" circled in pencil, interior lightly browned, remains a very good copy.
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