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Arabia Felix: Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia. With a Foreword by T.E. Lawrence and Appendix by Sir Arthur Keith.

THOMAS Bertram (1932.)

£200.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. With profuse plates and text illustrations, a large folding coloured map of the Rub' al Khali, a full-page map and a full-page chart in the text. Large 8vo. Original pale brown buckram, a very good copy without dustwrapper. xxix,397pp. Jonathan Cape, London,

Bertram Thomas (1892-1950) English explorer and Arabist, was the first documented westerner to cross the Rub' al Khali (Empty Quarter). 

Following service in Mesopotamia in WWI, he began a career as a civil servant in the Persian Gulf. He was appointed Finance Minister and Wazir to Taimur bin Feisal, Sultan of Muscat and Oman. He had a lifelong passion for exploration, and this is the account of his 1930-31 journey across the Rub' al Khali, with vivd descriptions of the region's inhabitants, culture and natural history.

Wilfred Thesiger found that he was remembered twenty years later by the Bedouin of the region as an "honourable, brave, and tolerant man."

Stock Code: 227554