Travel Account in Arabia, Abu Dhabi & Oman Across the Empty Quarter
Item Number: 14474
THESIGER, Wilfred. ARABIAN SANDS. London: Longman, 1960. 9" x 6." With 68 Photo Illustrations, 7 maps, Large map in pocket, 326pp.
Original Cloth Hardcover, in Dust Wrapper.
Second impression, first published in 1959, of a fascinating travel account in Arabia, Abu Dhabi & Oman across the Empty Quarter, which includes several maps of Arabia and a chapter on both Abu Dhabi and the Trucial Coast. Major Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger (1910-2003), also known as Mubarak bin London (Arabic for "the blessed one from London") was a British explorer and travel writer. During the Second World War, Thesigner fought in Abyssinia and in the Western Desert. All this was only a prelude to his great adventures which he so vividly describes in Arabian Sands. By dressing, eating, almost thinking like a native, Thesiger came as close to living the life of a Beduin Arab as a Westerner ever will. His descriptions of the fantastic privations they endure without complaint, of their strange customs, of their innate loyalty and generosity as well as their fierce fighting, from a magnificent picture of these little-known people and provide invaluable reference and source material. Arabian Sands is the story of a unique and remarkable adventure -one that no other man could have lived, one that can never happen again. Dust wrapper worn at edges with a small 1cm tear on top edge of verso, otherwise book in very good condition.