BROCKBANK, Oliver. Diary of a Journey through the Sinai Peninsula and Arabia in 1914.

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BROCKBANK, Oliver. Diary of a Journey through the Sinai Peninsula and Arabia in 1914. N.p. [Privately printed], n.d. [?1915].

8vo. Original red buckram, lettered in gilt to upper cover; pp. 78; plates printed in sepia from photographs, one folding map showing the author's route; apart from rubbing and marking to cloth and repair to map, a good copy, printed on high-quality wove paper, two additional original photos of what has to be the author, on camelback, mounted onto paste-downs.
First edition. None of the bibliographies, nor the British Library are able to offer information concerning the date and publication of this work. It records Brockbank's journey from Suez along the west coast of the Sinai peninsular to Mounts Sinai and Katherine, then east along the Gulf of Akaba to Akaba itself, then north via the Wilderness of Zin and Petra to Kerak, Jerusalem and finishing at Masada. In spite of the title, the author does not strictly speaking enter the interior of the Arabian peninsula; however, he and his companion spent five weeks of travel crossing 400 miles on camel and 700 miles on horseback. This was the last journey by a Western civilian in the area before the the First World War. All we were able to find out about the traveller, photographer and author is that he was in Brumana (Lebanon) in 1908, and that he originated from Manchester, where he founded a brick church, or working class chapel, Ivy Church in Didsbury.
Not in any of the standard bibliographies; COPAC locates copies in Manchester, in the British Library, at Oxford and Exeter University only.

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