THESIGER Wilfred (1959.)
£1250.00 [First Edition]
Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.
First edition. Large folding map in rear pocket, with further maps within the text and 68 photographic images on 56 plates. 8vo. Original cream cloth, a very fine copy in the original dustwrapper. xvii, 326pp. London, Longmans,
Signed by Thesiger on the title-page. A very good copy of Thesiger's first and most important work, illustrated with his own photographs.
A remarkable account of five years (1945-50) spent in and around the Empty Quarter, a vast sand desert in Southern Arabia. Under the aegis of the Anti-Locust Unit, he crossed it twice and records his time at Salala, Manwakh, Liwa Oasis and Abu Dhabi. In his introduction, Thesiger notes that he went there "only just in time", before the introduction of the car, wireless communication and foreign prospectors. Of the new travelers and researchers he opines that "They will bring back results far more interesting than mine, but they will never know the spirit of the land nor the greatness of the Arabs."
With ownership inscription of Leslie Housdon, Aylesbury November 18th 1959 and small date stamp to front free endpaper.
Stock Code: 227583