BAGNOLD, Ralph Alger. Libyan Sands. Travel in a Dead World. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1935.
8vo. Original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. 351, frontispiece map, four folding maps to throw clear, plates after photographs, cloth a bit spotted with slight fading to spine, light spotting internally here and there; otherwise good.
Rare first edition of this account of thosands of miles of motoring in the Western Desert, a visit to Siwa and speculations about Zerzura, with excursions to Petra and Jerash. Bagnold, who is described by DNB as a soldier ad geomorphologist '1926 he was posted to Egypt, and it was here that he developed his taste for desert exploration by motor car, using Model-T and Model-A Fords. In 1928 he served in India, and was mentioned in dispatches in Waziristan, but he then returned to the less exciting world of Catterick garrison in 1931. Finding life dull, he embarked on a 3700 mile expedition into the eastern Sahara, for which he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's founder's medal in 1934' (ibid.).