BURY, G. Wyman. Arabia Infelix or the Turks in Yamen. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1915.
8vo. Original red cloth gilt, with the rarely seen dust-wrapper; pp. x, 213, frontispiece, plates after photographs, 3 colour maps; cloth a little marked, embrowning to endpapers, internally here and there a little spotted, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition. Wyman Bury was a scientist and explorer who, due to his looks and command of colloquial Arabic, was able to travel through the Western Aden Protectorate in a manner which earlier (and later) European travellers were unable to emulate. He was appointed Extra Assistant Resident in political charge of the escort of the British part of the Anglo-Turkish Boundary Commission in the Dhala area, but eventually fell from favour with the British. Not wanted in Aden, he succeeded in persuading the Ottoman authorities to allow him to continue scientific studies in their part of Yemen. Indeed, he carried out a great deal of valuable work there, particularly in ornithology, and many of his specimens and descriptions are still held by the British Museum. The present work, which was his second work after The Land of Uz on the Yemen, provides a valuable record of the territory. He visited, and reports on the Jewish communities of Yemen.