Travels in Arabia Deserta. With a new preface by the Author. 2 vols

By: DOUGHTY, C.M

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1923. London (1923). Royal 8vo. Orig. full buckram. Spines gilt. Top edges gilt. With frontispieces, maps, plans, and illustrations some of which are folding, and one of which is in end-pocket of Vol.1. Some pencil annots., front inner hinge on Vol. 1 sprung, but nonetheless an excellent complete set of this classic work. Rare. NOTE: First published in 1888, this classic of travel is one of the greatest books of the 19th century. Written in Elizabethan English, it was refused by four publishers, but when it appeared its importance was recognised by scholars. "The unique value of his journey, 1876-8, began with its second stage, when, alone, with small funds, and stubbornly proclaiming himself an Englishman and a Christian, Doughty had to endure not only the fatigue and privation of desert life, but also, in a measure spared to those travellers who have enjoyed powerful support or gone in disguise as Moslems, the suspician and occasionally the violence of the Arab society to which he had entrusted himself. In these circumstances of difficulty he gathered a vast amount of new information about the geography and geology of North-Western Arabia, being the first to record accurately the true direction of the great watercourses of Wadi Hamd and Wadier-Rumma. Of still greater value was the understanding which he gained of Arab character and the conditions of Nomad Life. In these respects his contributions to Western knowledge of Arabic was, taken as a whole, the greatest which had yet been made, and the acuteness and the wisdom of his observations made him the acknowledged master of all later travellers.

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