ALLFREE, P.S. Warlords of Oman. London, Robert Hale, .
8vo. Original boards with illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. 190, , sketch maps, plates after photographs, extremities of the wrapper a bit rubbed, light offsetting from endpapers, some of the paper-stock a bit darkened; a very good copy.
Very rare first edition.~b~ Allfree had spent a year and a half as political officer among the Bedouins of the south-eastern Rub' al-Khali, the 'Empty Quarter'. In this book he describes his participation in the campaign against a rebellion in the mysterious Green Mountains. 'The publication of Warlords of Oman~i~ in 1967 coincided with the first export of oil from Oman and the beginning of momentous change in a country that had been virtually closed to the outside world' (advertisement for a 2008 re-edition).