London: John Murray, 1879.
First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Edited, with a Preface and Some Account of the Arabs and their Horses by W.S.B. 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xvii, 346 and vii, 283, illustrated with engravings, colored folding map. Bound in contemporary three-quarter leather and marbled boards. Spines with raised bands, gilt rules, leather labels. Some scuffing to the leather, but in the whole a very attractive, clean set, with the bookplate of Sir George Stephen Bart on each front pastedown Lady Anne Blunt (granddaughter of Lord Byron) and her husband Wilfred traveled extensively in the Near East, often without guides and in Arab dress. They mastered written and spoken Arabic and became enamored of Bedouin culture and Arabian horses, which they bought and bred. In 1877-78 they hired horses and camels and traveled through Mesopotamia and Persia (described in this book), and the following year they explored the Arabian desert (described in Blunt's next work, A Pilgrimage to Nejd, published in 1881). Speake I: 112; Robinson p. 6.