New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879.
First American Edition. Hardcover. Near fine. Edited, with a Preface and Some Account of the Arabs and their Horses by W.S.B. 445 pp, (complete in one volume), illustrated with engravings, colored folding map, folding chart giving the pedigree of Arabian thoroughbred stock. Reading copy only. Publisher's blue cloth binding is well worn, with corners rubbed through and partial splitting of the cloth along the joints. Hinges wobbly, two small clippings about Anne Blunt glued in, some light dampstaining. 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.