London: John Murray, 1881.
Second edition. 2 volumes, 8vo, pp. xxxi, 273; ix, 283, illustrated with engravings, folding map. Publisher's decorated cloth; chipped at spine ends, mild spine slant to both volumes, light foxing throughout; good. 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 bred. In 1877-78 they hired horses and camels and traveled through Mesopotamia and Persia, and the following year they explored the Arabian desert. T. The latter journey—described in this work with considerable detail on natural history, social conditions, and politics—was one of the first made by Europeans to northern Arabia. It corrected errors in earlier accounts and became one of the standard texts on the area. Speake I: 112; Robinson p. 6.
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