Hardcover first edition - First US printing. Posthumous publication (selected and edited by her stepmother) of many of Bell's letters covering her entire adult life - "The letters published here, from the time she was twenty until the end of her life, show such an amazing range of many-sided ability that they may seem to those who read them to present a picture worth recording at every stage. Scholar, poet, historian, archeologist, art critic, mountaineer, explorer, gardener, naturalist, distinguished servant of the State, Gertrude was all of these, and was recognized by experts as an expert in them all." Her life was extraordinary: she was the first woman to ever take a 'first' in Modern History at Oxford (and did it in 2 years rather than the usual 3), learned Farsi and Arabic in her youth, and she began travelling very early - to Romania at 22, to Persia at age 23, but it was the deserts of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) that claimed her strongest love - she was instrumental in drawing the lines of 'modern' Iraq and establishing the dynasty of Faisal bin Hussein. She also founded what would later become the Baghdad Archaeological Museum, and, against European opposition, she insisted that excavated antiquities should remain in their country of origin, thereby ensuring that her museum would retain a collection of Iraq's antiquities. While she wrote several books about her travels, and has been the subject of other books, these letters are still the best introduction to her and her life. Illustrated with many photographs, folding map at the rear of volume 2. Volume One: xiii, 402 plus map. Volume Two: vii, 405-791 including index. Very good minus condition in sturdy blue-gray cloth - lettering on spine rubbed and faded, but contents near fine. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: THE LETTERS OF GERTRUDE BELL (2 volume set).
Publisher: New York: Boni & Liveright, n.d. (c 1927)
Book Description Boni and Liveright 0, New York, New York. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. n/a (illustrator). First Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 30109