A Most Sought After Arabian Travel Narrative of the early 20th Century
Item Number: 14479
Bent, Theodore. Exploration of the Frankincense Country, Southern Arabia. (The Geographical Journal, Vol. VL. No. 2) London: Royal Geographical Society, 1895. 26 pages, including a full-page sketch map amd a few in-text sketch illustrations, plus a fold-out colour map, measuring approximately 7 x 14 inches (18cm x 36cm). In original blue wrappers- as issued.
This is a captivating report of an ambitious expedition to the little-known regions of Southern Arabia, beyond the arid rock-bound coast, to the home of the old frankincense trade, through the Plain of Dhofar and into the Gara mountain range. Bent and his wife, Mabel, made seven journeys in all around the southern part of the Arabian peninsula, including Oman and Dhufar, from 1893 to the end of his life. He gathered an enormous amount of geographical and other information on the Hadramut region, which they photographed extensively, but tried in vain for three successive years to penetrate the Mahri districts. In 1896 he traversed the island of Socotra in the Gulf of Aden and the year after made further explorations around Aden itself. The above account was compiled by his wife after his death, almost immediately on their return, and has become one of the most sought after and rarest of early twentieth century Arabian exploration narratives. This report includes a large Fold-out Colour Map and Pre-Dates the all-important book on early 20th Century Arabian exploration, entitled "Southern Arabia", by Thoedore Bent, published in 1900. Some light foxing to front cover, otherwise this is a complete issue. In overall good condition.