CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM, Robert Bontine. Mogreb-El-Acksa. A Journey in Morocco. London, Heinemann, 1898.
8vo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover in Arabic in gilt; pp. xi, 313, sketch map and photogravure portrait of the author with tissue guard, binding a little faded, otherwise very good.
First edition of a fine book production, printed on thick vélin paper. The author was a Scottish radical Soialist and founder of the National Party of Scotland. 'After his early years in Central and South America, Cunninghame Graham had continued to travel adventurously abroad. In 1894 he prospected unsuccessfully for gold in Spain, and in 1897 he travelled into the Atlas Mountains of Morocco disguised as a sheikh or sharif. The latter journey might have been a fiasco, for he was arrested and held captive by the kaid of Kintafi, but it was redeemed by what is probably his finest travel book, Mogreb-el-Acksa (1898). This provided the basis for Shaw's Captain Brassbound's Conversion; and Cunninghame Graham himself was the model, Shaw avowed, for the dashing and impetuous Sergius Saranoff in Arms and the Man' (ODNB)..