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A Journey Into Rub' Al Khali, This Report Predates His 1931 Book Arabia Felix

Category: travel
Item Number: 14565
Price: $550

Bertram Thomas

Thomas, Bertram. A Journey Into Rub' Al Khali. London: Royal Geographical Society, 1931. 37 pages. plus photographic plates and a large fold-out colour map. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is Thomas' riveting preliminary report on his explorations in Arabia, pre-dating his all-important book titled, 'Arabia Felix; Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia,' published later in 1931. The author's narrative of a historic camel journey across the Great Southern Desert, Rub al Khali, is a detailed and pioneering exploration with considerable detail on the tribes, their customs, life, geography, and with appendices on anthropology, zoology, list of flora, list of camel brands, list of Arab chants. Thomas was the Financial Advisor and Wazir to His Highness the Sultan of Muscat and Oman. He performed two remarkable journeys over territory hitherto completely unknown. The first was along the Southeastern Borderlands of the Rub 'al Khali from near Ras al Had to Dhufar, the second from Dhufar for a distance of some two hundred miles inland. A complete issue in very good condition.

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