TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA, With a New Preface by the Author, Introduction by T. E. Lawrence, Fellow... TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA, With a New Preface by the Author, Introduction by T. E. Lawrence, Fellow...

TRAVELS IN ARABIA DESERTA, With a New Preface by the Author, Introduction by T. E. Lawrence, Fellow of All Souls, and All Original Maps, Plans and Cuts

Lawrence, T. E.] Doughty Charles M

Published by London Philip Lee Warner, for the Medici Society Ltd. and Jonathan Cape 1921, 1921
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2 volumes. First edition with the introduction by T. E. Lawrence and the First book published by Jonathan Cape. Of the edition there were only 300 copies offered for sale, 100 in the United States and 200 in the United Kingdom, of 500 printed. Portrait frontispiece in the first volume, maps, plans, and collotype plates from the original 1888 edition, including some of which are folding. There is the large, cloth-backed folding map originally slipped into a pocket at the inside of the rear cover of Volume I and now bound in at the rear. This map is rare and is generally missing as most copies of the map were sold separately. 8vo, in very fine contemporary full burgundy crushed morocco, the spines with raised bands and lettering in gilt, gilt tooled turn-in featuring both a frame of gilt vines and gilt dentelles in Greek key, board edges gilt ruled, marbled endpapers and t.e.g. The endpapers with the manuscript ownership notation of Capt. C. Evelyn Benson, director of Lloyd's Bank, Burgh House. Burgh House indicates these gentleman's bindings to have been accomplished between 1925 and 1933. Later engraved ex-libris of Francis J. Hammond. xxxv, 623; xiv, 690 pp. Includes appendix in Volume I and index and glossary in Volume II. A fine and truly handsome set, just the very lightest evidence of age to the binding edges, the text appearing nearly pristine and mint as most of Volume II remains unopened. RARE, AND THE COPY OF AN IMPORTANT GENTLEMAN. THE HIGHLY IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION WITH T.E. LAWRENCE’S INTRODUCTION. Published in the same format as the first edition, this important printing is the first with T. E. Lawrence's introduction. ARABIA DESERTA is perhaps one of the best-known, but least-read, classics of exploration and travel, due to what some have considered the opacity of Doughty's prose; but one man's opacity is another man's magnificence, and few writers of any genre have worked such magic or mischief on the English language as Doughty. He disapproved of Victorian style, and mingled his own with Chaucerian and Elizabethan English and Arabic. But whatever the style, the result is perhaps the finest book on Arabia ever written. We will let another Arabist, Lawrence, speak on Doughty's behalf: "I have talked the book over with many travelers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughtly's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said." (-from the Introduction). Lawrence studied the book for ten years and grew to consider it ‘a book not like other books, but something particular, a bible of its kind.The more one learns of Arabia the more one finds in ARABIA DESERTA. The more one travels there, the greater respect one has for the insight, judgement and artistry of the author. The book is called ‘Doughty’ pure and simple, for it is a classic’. Bookseller Inventory # 25402

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Publisher: London Philip Lee Warner, for the Medici Society Ltd. and Jonathan Cape 1921

Publication Date: 1921

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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