London: Readers Union Limited, 1941.
Hardcover. Near fine. Early reprint. viii, 327, (1), with illustrations from photographs, index, map printed on front and rear pastedowns. Spine lightly toned, else a fine copy, lacking the dust jacket. Freya Stark (1893-1993) had a lifelong fascination with the Orient and became one of the early twentieth century's most articulate and acclaimed writers on the Arab world. In 1935, she traveled to the Hadhramaut, in remote southern Arabia (now Yemen), where only a handful of Western explorers had previously ventured, none as far or as widely as she went. This book recounts the winter she spent on an archaeological dig there, while also observing and recording the daily lives of the people, with whom she soon became fast friends.