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Arabian Sands: Thesiger, Wilfred

Thesiger, Wilfred

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Item Description: Longmans, London, 1959. First edition. First edition. 46 plates, 8 maps to the text & folding map in pocket. xvi, 326 pp. 8vo. "I went to Southern Arabia only just in time." Rare signed copy in the dust jacket. Arabian Sands is Thesiger's first and most important work, recounting his crossing of the Empty Quarter under the aegis of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit in 1946-7. Although brief reports of the journey were published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society in the late 1940s, it was only through the efforts of his friend Graham Watson and the publisher Mark Longman that Thesiger was persuaded to write a book-length account.For a decade, Thesiger had longed to explore the Empty Quarter and seized the opportunity presented by Owen Bevan Lean to accompany the Anti-Locust unit. Thesiger crossed the empty quarter twice: first in 1946-7, on a 2000 mile journey that began and ended at Salala on the south coast. He set again almost immediately in 1947, departing Manwakh well in Yemen and visited at Liwa Oasis and then to Abu Dhabi town. This included a brief imprisonment in Saudi Arabia. Arabian Sands includes accounts of both these crossings and is illustrated with Thesiger's own dramatic photographs.Thesiger, who had a revulsion to modern life, immersed himself in the country, made friends with the Arabs and travelled on foot and by camel. He states boldly in the introduction to this work, whatever their results "[future explorers] will never know the spirit of the land nor the greatness of the Arabs." Arabian Sands was received enthusiastically in the press and Thesiger himself thought it "his finest book" (ODNB). The Daily Telegraph stated: "Following worthily in the tradition of Burton, Lawrence, Philby and Thomas, [Arabian Sands] is, very likely, the book about Arabia to end all books about Arabia." Indeed, St John Philby described Thesiger as "probably the greatest of all explorers" (Maitland, 380) and Sir John Glubb regarded him "the last, and certainly one of the greatest, of the British travellers among the Arabs" (ibid.). Alexander Maitland, Wilfred Thesiger: the Life of the Great Explorer (2006) Fine original cloth, spine gilt, in very good dj, headcap chipped, some minor shelfwear 46 plates, 8 maps to the text & folding map in pocket. xvi, 326 pp. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 301660

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Thesiger, Wilfred

Published by Longmans, Green and Co, London (1959)

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Item Description: Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1959. First edition of the author's masterpiece. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Wilfred Thesiger on the title page, with a contemporary signature. An excellent example in a near fine dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities. Map unopened in the inside pocket of the rear pastedown. Though educated at Eton and Oxford, Wilfred Thesiger was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life-"the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets." In the spirit of T. E. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels. His now-classic account is invaluable to understanding the modern Middle East. "Following worthily in the tradition of Burton, Lawrence, Philby and Thomas, [Arabian Sands] is, very likely, the book about Arabia to end all books about Arabia" (The Daily Telegraph, London). Bookseller Inventory # 24033

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THESIGER, Wilfred.

Published by New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1959 (1959)

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Item Description: New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1959, 1959. Octavo. Original blue cloth-backed boards, title to the spine, and abstracted sand dune device to the front board in gilt and white. With the dust jacket. Endpapers typically toned, pale toning to the margins, else very good in clipped, slightly rubbed, minor edge chips and splits, old tape repair at the head of the spine. Frontispiece and 46 plates, 8 maps to the text, some full-page, folding map mounted on the rear pastedown. First US edition, same year as the UK first. This copy signed on the title page. This was Thesiger's first book and "and, in his opinion, his finest" (ODNB) "During the years that I was in Arabia I never thought that I would write a book about my travels Seven years after leaving Arabia I showed some photographs I had taken to Graham Watson and he strongly urged me to write a book about the desert. This I refused to do The following day Graham Watson came to see me again, and this time he brought Mark Longman with him. After much argument the two of them persuaded me to try to write this book. Now that I have finished it I am grateful to them, for the effort to remember every detail has brought back vividly into my mind the Bedu amongst whom I travelled, and the vast empty land across which I rode on camels for ten thousand miles" (Introduction). Bookseller Inventory # 100851

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Arabian Sands (Signed By The Author): Thesiger, Wilfred

Thesiger, Wilfred

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Item Description: Longmans (UK), 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. The First UK Printing published by Longmans (UK) in 1959. The BOOK is in near FINE condition. Light pushing to the spine ends. Mild toning to the spine. The usual light offsetting and spotting to the prelims and rear end papers. Text-block lightly toned. Christmas gift inscription to the front end paper. The recipient being Robin Hodgkin, the noted Educationalist and Mountaineer. Pages remain clean. Map present and complete in the rear end pocket as called for. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. Mild edge-wear with some creasing and rubbing along the folds and edges in places. Slight dulling of the red titling to the spine but much better than usually encountered. Light soiling to the rear panel. The wrapper looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been Signed without dedication to the title page by the author. This was Thesiger's first book and 'and, in his opinion, his finest' (ODNB). Scarce with such attributes. Ashtonrarebooks welcomes direct contact. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1477319839819

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Arabian Sands: THESIGER, Wilfred

THESIGER, Wilfred

Published by (London): Longmans, (1959) (1959)

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Item Description: (London): Longmans, (1959), 1959. First edition. 8vo. xvi, 326 pp. Publisher's sand cloth, gilt and black lettered to spine, dust jacket, not price clipped, signed by the author on the title page. Frontispiece and 68 photographic illustrations, 8 maps plus a folding map in a pocket at the end. The jacket spine slightly faded and with a little wear at the head, else very good. The author spent 5 years exploring the Empty Quarter, from 1945-50, and was the first to twice cross the desert. "The crowning touches have placed on this exploratory activity in Arabia by Wilfred Thesiger who is probably the greatest of all the explorers." (St. John Philby). Bookseller Inventory # 28166

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Wilfred Thesiger

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Item Description: E P DUTTON & COMPANY INC. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Rare Books>Exploration and Travel Writing. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01111000022726001. Bookseller Inventory # 01111000022726001

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Thesiger, Wilfred

Published by London: Longmans (1959)

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Item Description: London: Longmans, 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps (including one in a pocket inside the rear cover). Thesiger was the last and probably the greatest of all the English explorers who traveled through the Middle East and this is his best book. He rejected his English upbringing and lived fearlessly among the Bedouins who occupied the desert, dressing as they did, eating what they did and traveling either afoot or with the aid of animals. Other than the natives, he is the only one known to have twice crossed the notorious Empty Quarter which constitutes the most forbidden part of the Arabian desert. Corners slightly bumped, else a fine copy in dust jacket of this momentous book. Bookseller Inventory # 0017

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THESIGER, Wilfred.

Published by London: Collins, 1990 (1990)

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Item Description: London: Collins, 1990, 1990. Octavo. Original black cloth, title gilt to the spine. With the dust jacket. A very good copy in price-clipped jacket. Frontispiece and 40 plates, 8 of them double-page, 8 maps to the text, some full-page. Originally published in 1959, this the second Collins edition, with an additional, and telling, one-page preface describing Thesiger's return to the region in 1977, and again in 1990. This copy signed on the title page. This was Thesiger's first book and "and, in his opinion, his finest" (ODNB) "During the years that I was in Arabia I never thought that I would write a book about my travels Seven years after leaving Arabia I showed some photographs I had taken to Graham Watson and he strongly urged me to write a book about the desert. This I refused to do The following day Graham Watson came to see me again, and this time he brought Mark Longman with him. After much argument the two of them persuaded me to try to write this book. Now that I have finished it I am grateful to them, for the effort to remember every detail has brought back vividly into my mind the Bedu amongst whom I travelled, and the vast empty land across which I rode on camels for ten thousand miles" (Introduction). Bookseller Inventory # 79061

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Arabian Sands [Signed by Alexander Maitland +: Thesiger, Wilfred Patrick

Thesiger, Wilfred Patrick [1910-2003] Alexander Maitland

Published by Published by Motivate Publishing, London First Thus Edition . London 2010. (2010)

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Item Description: Published by Motivate Publishing, London First Thus Edition . London 2010., 2010. This special Centenary Edition hard back binding in publisher's original black cloth covers, gilt title and author lettering to the spine and to the upper panel, with additional photographs and a fold out map, marks the 50th Anniversary of the book's launch and the 100th Anniversary of Wilfred Thesiger's birth. Quarto 10'' x 7''. Contains 311 printed pages of text with monochrome photographs throughout, large fold out map to the rear. Fine condition book in Fine condition dust wrapper, unused new book. SIGNED message by Alexander Maitland to the half-title page 'To William, Wilfred's friend, from Alex, With very best wishes, 22nd June, 2011. Separately enclosed are two double-sided SIGNED letters from Alexander Maitland to William, and one from his wife, Margaret. Dust wrapper supplied in archive acetate film protection, it does not adhere to the book or to the dust wrapper. Member of the P.B.F.A. ISBN 9781860632839 SAUDI ARABIA. Bookseller Inventory # 76535

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Arabian Sands.: Thesiger (Wilfred)

Thesiger (Wilfred)

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Item Description: Longmans, 1959. FIRST EDITION, monochrome frontispiece photograph, 68 monochrome photographic plates, 9 maps (includes a colour folding map in rear pocket), pp. 326, 8vo, original khaki boards, backstrip lettered in black and gilt, top edge a trifle dustsoiled and two spots of dried adhesive to flyleaf, dustjacket with the backstrip panel unfaded, very good. Thesiger's enthralling account of five years spent travelling with the Bedu in the Empty Quarter. The author's first and, in his opinion, his finest book. It is unusual to find a copy in an unfaded dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 59070

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Thesiger, Wilfred

Published by E.P. Dutton, New York (1959)

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Item Description: E.P. Dutton, New York, 1959. First American Edition. First American Edition. Illustrated with photographs and maps (one fold-out at the end). xvi, 326pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Pubished in the same year as the first English edition. Arabian Sands is Thesiger's first and most important work, recounting his crossing of the Empty Quarter under the aegis of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit in 1946-7. Although brief accounts of his travels were published in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society in the late 1940s, this is his first appearance in print in book form. Blue cloth backed boards. About fine in chipped dust jacket Illustrated with photographs and maps (one fold-out at the end). xvi, 326pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 300046

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Wilfred THESIGER

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Item Description: Longmans, [1959], 1959. 8vo., First Edition, with frontispiece, 68 plates on 46, 3 maps in the text and a large folding map in red and black in pocket at end, top lightly dust-soiled; beige cloth, gilt back, backstrip faintly browned at extreme head and tail, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped, mildly browned dustwrapper. The author's first and most celebrated book, chronicling his years of travel after WWII 'without European companions and living as an Arab'. SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. Bookseller Inventory # 25859

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WILFRED THESIGER

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Item Description: Longman Publishing Group. FIRST edition of this landmark authors first book. A very good copy in a very good d/w. This copy has the map in it's pocket and it is in fine condition. There is some foxing to the top of the text block and some grubbiness to the other two edges but the pages are clean and bright. The d/w is unclipped and has minor loss to the spine ends and minor foxing but is nice and bright and is protected in a mylar cover. Scans available if required. Bookseller Inventory # 3897194

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Thesiger, Wilfred

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Item Description: Longmans, London, 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: fair. Hardcover. Cream cloth with gilt lettering on spine. Lean to spine, head and tail creased. Boards stained, extremities rubbed. Previous owner's name in ink on ffep. Endpapers discolored. Dust jacket creased, faded and stained with chips and tears. Folded map at rear. Bookseller Inventory # 2494

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Thesiger, Wilfred

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Item Description: Fairmount Books Ltd Remainders. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 0002170051 2000 Harper Collins (UK) hard cover - 1st Thus full number line - minor tanning to page edge - otherwise a fine clean like new collectible now in mylar cover - enjoy. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1007067

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Thesiger, Wilfred

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Item Description: Penguin Classics. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Fine. 0141442077 2000 Harper Collins (UK) hard cover - 1st Thus full number line - minor tanning to page edge - otherwise a fine clean like new collectible now in mylar cover - enjoy. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1007068

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Thesiger, Wilfred

Published by E.P.Dutton and Co. Inc, New York: (1959)

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Item Description: E.P.Dutton and Co. Inc, New York:, 1959. hardcover. First Edition. 8vo 9"x 5 3/4". blue denim cloth w/ blue paper boards; "sand dune" decoration printed in white & gilt on front, white & gilt lettering on spine; 326 pgs w/ numerous photos, maps & index; two-tone folded map, "The Empty Quarter", attached at back; photo-illus dust jacket, price-clipped, w/ author photo at back. fine copy in fine dust jacket w/ just trace of rubbing to top front edge near spine; map also fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1417

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Wilfred Thesiger

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Item Description: Motivate Publishing, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111860632831

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Wilfred Thesiger

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Item Description: Motivate Publishing, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j. Bookseller Inventory # 1860632831D

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Wilfred Thesiger

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Item Description: Motivate Publishing, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P021860632831

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Thesiger, Wilfred

Published by The Viking Press (1984)

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Item Description: The Viking Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110670130052

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Thesiger, Wilfred

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Item Description: Longmans, Green & Co., London, 1959. Hard Cover. Book Condition: VG. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. First Edition. VG/VG. 8vo. original cream textured paper boards gilt (a little rubbed & bumped) in dustwrapper (edges rubbed with wear to extremities, fade to titling on spine, a little loose fitting); pp. xvi, 326, with 68 plates + a colour folding map in rear pocket & 8 text maps. A very good copy of Thesiger's most celebrated book. Bookseller Inventory # 015097

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Thesiger, Wilfred

Published by William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London (1983)

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Item Description: William Collins Sons & Co Ltd, London, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Jacket photograph by the author, design by Alan Peacock (illustrator). Reprint. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. First published in 1959 'Arabian Sands' has never been out of print. This is a reprint edition of 1983. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE PAGE 'Wilfred Thesiger, To Thomas'. Some very slight edge wear to top and bottom of jacket and spine, not price clipped (£14.95), no other inscriptions, internally clean tight and square, overall a vg++ copy, looks hardly read. 347pp, foldout map, lavishly illustrated with photos by the author. Wilfred Thesiger's (1910-2003), classic account of his travels across the Arabian Empty Quarter in the periods between 1945 and 1950, attempting to capture the lives of the Bedu People and other inhabitants of the Arabian peninsula. The book largely reflects on the changes and large scale development that took place after the Second World War and the subsequent gradual erosion of traditional Bedouin ways of life that had previously existed unaltered for thousands of years. Very scarce signed, photos on request. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 004447

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Thesiger, Wilfred

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Arabian Sands (First Printing): Thesiger, Wilfred

Thesiger, Wilfred

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Item Description: Longmans, 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, first impression. Very Good+: firmly bound in sharp beige cloth, slightly toned to the extreme top and bottom edges; gently pushed to the heel of the spine; bright gilt; tanning and faint, sporadic spotting to the edge of the page block; a couple of small marks to the ffep, else internally bright, crisp and clean; pristine map held in a pocket to the rfep (pocket has a 1cm closed edge-tear). The unclipped dustwrapper (35/- net stated) is Very Good minus: rubbed to the spine tips and corners, with a short (1.2cm) closed tear to the head of the spine; fading to the red title type to the spine and a small surface abrasion to the head of the spine; toning to the rear flap fold and a handful of tiny spots to the rear panel; presented in a removable, archival-quality Brodart protective cover. All orders are sent very carefully wrapped in bubble wrap and sturdy cardboard. Bookseller Inventory # A168

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Arabian Sands.: WILFRED THESIGER

WILFRED THESIGER

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Item Description: Longmans, London, 1959. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First Edition, first printing. 8vo. 326pp. Cream boards lettered in black and gold at spine. With a frontispiece and nearly seventy photographs taken by the author, plus nine maps including one multi-panel folding example housed in a rear pocket. Tip of one corner knocked and with just a touch of spotting to top edge and free endpapers. A very good copy in non-price-clipped dust wrapper, a little chafed and nicked at extremities, dust soiled at rear panel, and edgeworn at tips of corners and spine ends with two or three tiny slivers of loss and a little internal repair. The author's first book - a justly celebrated account of his five year travels in and around the 'Empty Quarter'. Bookseller Inventory # ARC91397

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Wilfred Thesiger

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Item Description: The Viking Press, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0670130052

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Wilfred Thesiger

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Item Description: E. P. Dutton, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. We ship International with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! j. Bookseller Inventory # XH01PBM6C8D

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Thesiger, Wilfred:

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Item Description: London: Longmans, 1959. First edition. HB. Cloth and dustjacket. 326pp. With 68 b&w photos in plates & 9 maps, one in pocket at back. Travelling in various desert regions but mainly the Empty Quarter in Arabia, covering five years to 1950. Very Good in Very Good jacket, now in clear sleeve. Minor bumping to cover corners, light browning & spotting to closed edges. Jacket has red colour faded out on spine lettering, spotting and light marks to back, and lightly rubbed edges with creases and nicks. Bookseller Inventory # 25741

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Thesiger, Wilfred

Published by Penguin Books, London (1991)

ISBN 10: 0141442077 ISBN 13: 9780141442075

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Item Description: Penguin Books, London, 1991. Soft Cover. Book Condition: VG. Reprinted with a Second Preface. 8vo. original printed paper wraps (wraps faded, slightly rubbed & creased, tanning to paperstock); pp. 348 (last blank), [4 (pubs. advts.)], with 16 plates + 8 maps. A very good copy. Flatsigned to title page 'Wilfred Thesiger'. In the new preface Thesiger reconciles with the inevitable changes to the region following his departure in 1950. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 007210

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