Travels in Arabia Deserta Two Volumes. Charles Montagu Doughty.

Travels in Arabia Deserta Two Volumes

Hardcover, London: Jonathan Cape and the Medici Society, 1923. Third Edition. Very Good. 2 Volumes. Volume 1: Frontispiece portrait of the author wearing western clothing, 16 full page illustrations, 50 illustrations in the text, 6 fold out illustrations, 1 large fold out color map. Volume 2: Frontispiece portrait of the author in Arab clothing, 2 full page illustrations, 15 illustrations in the text, index & glossary of Arabic words. Both volumes bound in publisher's red cloth with gold spine titles and gilded top page edges. Spines a bit sun faded. Binding a little cracked in volume 1, but sound. Spines bumped. All illustrations and large fold out map bright. Doughty (1843-1926) was an English explorer, poet and travel writer who was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Founder's Medal in 1912. This is his masterpiece and it's one of the most important travel books of the Victorian era. Doughty traveled in the Persian Gulf in 1875 and throughout the Arabian desert in 1876-1878. It took him nearly 10 years to write this very detailed book about his extensive and dangerous desert travels. The work is written in a flowery, extravagantly descriptive style modeled on the language of the King James Bible. The style made the book largely inaccessible to the general public, but not to the leading Arabists of the day. Both Richard Francis Burton and T. E. Lawrence greatly appreciated Doughty's accomplishment, even though the very Christian Doughty despised Burton for converting to Islam before his own Arabian travels. Lawrence of Arabia was instrumental in getting this title republished in the 1920s. Ships same or next business day. Two volume set - priority and international mail will require substantial extra charges. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. [Item #77970]

Price: $100.00

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