TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA...With a New Preface by the Author, and All Original Maps, Plans and Cuts

(London: Jonathan Cape, 1923).

ONE OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF TRAVEL EVER WRITTEN IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. ARABIA DESERTA is perhaps one of the best-known classics of exploration and travel. Few writers of any genre have worked such magic or mischief on the English language as Doughty. He disapproved of Victorian style, and mingled his own with Chaucerian and Elizabethan English and Arabic. This edition reverts back to the format of the now extremely scarce and valuable first edition.
Doughty's beautifully florid account of his journeys through the land of Allah. Perhaps the most important of all historical travels to Arabia, Doughty set the tone for all who were to follow. T.E. Lawrence held these volumes in the highest esteem and considered them one of the greatest books of exploratory travel ever to have been written. They served him for years as a model and bible of Arabist studies and intellectual endeavour. Item #25395

2 volumes. First of the edition, formated as the first of 1888, first in the rose cloth, with a new preface by Doughty. Portrait frontispiece, numerous folding plans and maps in text, large color folding map in rear pocket. 8vo, rose cloth lettered in gilt on spines. xxvi, 623; xiv, 690 pp. A very good copy, the text clean and very bright and all plates in good order as is the folding map, the hinges are firm and strong and the binding unworn, the gilt is bright but the rose cloth exhibits the spine mellowing nearly always found on this edition.

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