BLUNT, Lady Anne. A Pilgrimage to Nejd, the Cradle of the Arab Race. A Visit to the Court of the Arab Emir, and our "Persian Campaign" … Second Edition. London, Murray,1881.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary school-prize (Albert Memorial College, Farnham; bookplate) binding of dark purple polished calf, spines with raised bands; pp. xxxiv, 273; xii, 283, large colour-printed folding map, 14 plates, illustrations in the text; binding a bit faded, a little wear to heads and tails of spines; repair to map; internally very clean and fresh.
Lady Anne Blunt, grand-daughter of Byron, daughter of Ada Lovelace, together with her wealthy husband began travelling in the Middle East in 1878, before settling at an estate outside Cairo in 1882. Accompanied by a descendant of an ancient family of Nejd which had fled to Syria 100 years earlier, the Blunts crossed and explored the great Nejd desert. They met the Emir, Muhammed ibn Rashid, who received them courteously, having recently knifed his nephew and cut off the feet of his cousins, leaving them to bleed to death.
Ghani p. 43.