BALDENSPERGER, Philip J. Woman in the East. London, Palestine Exploration Fund, April, 1899 - July, 1901.
The entire text stretching over five issues of the Quarterly Statement of the Palestine Exploration Fund, 8vo. Original wrappers with wood-engraved illustrations on the front; pp. 132-160; 171-190; 66-90; 167-184; 252-273; near-fine.
Extremely rare first and only edition of an in-depth study of life, conditions, material culture, folklore and belief systems of the women of Palestine. 'As I was born in Jerusalem, and grew up in the country, living partly in towns, partly in villages and amongst the Badawin, the greater part of these observations are taken from memories extending more than 20 years back. In fact, without my mother - in the towns at least, where men are never admitted to the women's apartments - I could never have seen the interior of the houses; and among the other classes the facts have been gathered during a number of years by picking up grains, as it were, here and there' (Introduction).
This work never appeared as book and is contained in issues for April 1899, April 1900, January 1901, April 1901, and July 1901 of the Quarterly Statement.