Handbook of Yemen.


£1250.00  [First Edition]

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

First edition, lacking the folding map. Small 8vo. Later yellow cloth, 'YEMEN' in ms. to spine, with original front board and front wrapper loosely inserted. Interior complete and wonderfully fresh. pp. [i]-vi, [1]-161, [4], 162-167, [1]blank. Cairo. Government Press.

A rare and excellently compiled handbook on Yemen, which lies to south-west of the Arabian Peninsula. Here with the signature of C. Wilson on the upper cover.

Col. Cyril Wilson was a British resident in Jiddah Arabia during the Arab revolt and one time immediate superior to Lawrence, praised for his honesty in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. At an early stage in their professional relationship Wilson certainly held rather different views of his subordinate, particularly with regard both to Lawrence's adoption of Arab dress, of which Wilson strongly disapproved and his irritating tendency to pontificate on subjects outside his expertise. Later they became friends and Wilson much admired Lawrence's achievements. Lawrence was to send him copy of the Oxford Mail edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. There is a colour portrait of Wilson in the 1926 edition.

As already stated, the handbook is very hard to come by: COPAC locates just five holdings (Durham, Edinburgh, Oxford, SOAS and the Imperial War Museum). OCLC adds just one more, the only to be found outside the UK, at the US Army Military Institute. It should be noted that all of these are with the folding map, which is missing from our copy.


Stock Code: 198948

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