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"In Unknown Arabia, An Expedition to An Unexplored: Bahrain, Hufuf, Jabrin, OQair" First Edition, Includes Qatar, Hasa Oasis, and Trucial Oman

Category: travel
Item Number: 14475
Price: $850

Robert Ernest Cheesman

CHEESMAN, Robert Ernest. In Unknown Arabia, of an expedition to an unexplored tract of Eastern Arabia: Bahrain, Hufuf, Jabrin, OQair. London, Macmillian & Co., 1926. With 67 photo illustrations, 3 maps, including one large folding map of Arabia, 447pp. First edition travel account of a previous unexplored tract of Eastern Arabia with large folding map of Arabia that illustrates Qatar and Trucial Oman. Major Robert Ernest Cheesman, was a military officer, explorer and ornithologist. In 1923, during a journey into the Arabian Peninsula, Cheesman collected over 300 specimens from the Hasa oasis. He is credited with discovering Cheesman's Gerbil (Gerbillus cheesmani) that inhabits the Arabian Peninsula. Cheesman was the first man to map the Arabian coast from the Gulf of Salwa to Uqair. In 1924 he fixed the position of Hofuf and identified the site of ancient Gerrha. He presented his findings to Ibn Sa'ud at his court in Hofuf. Library binding copy with small sticker on front end-paper,edges rubbed, some light foxing, pencil annotations [71], small tear to bottom edge of pp 40, 42, 2 inch seperation along centerfold of folding map near edge and margins. Otherwise book complete with large folding coloured map, in good condition.

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