DOUGHTY, Charles M. Wanderings in Arabia ... being an Abridgement of "Travels in Arabia Deserta". Arranged with Introduction by Edward Garnett. London, Duckworth & Co., 1908.
8vo. 2 vols. Publisher's original green cloth, lettered in gilt to spine, top edges gilt; pp. xx, 309; x, 297; photogravure frontispiece of Doughty to vol. I, wood-engraved frontispiece to vol. II, 1 double-page map; some chipping to head and tail of spines, foxing at front and rear of each volume; this is a rare inscribed copy presented by the author to G.G. Coulton, signed to that effect on the half title of volume I.
First abridged edition. Doughty's Travels in Arabia Deserta was first published in 1888, but abridged by Garnett in the present form. A covering letter from Ruth Robbins contains important information regarding the book's provenance: 'it bears Doughty's own inscription, as he personally gave it to the well-known medieval scholar, Prof. G.G. Coulton of Cambridge. Coulton and Doughty met in Eastbourne, and apparently got on very well together (Doughty did not like meeting people on the whole). They spent many hours in conversation, I have been told, and this gift book was the result.' - Both the first and this edition have become extremely hard to find.