Wanderings in Arabia ... Being an Abridgement of Travels in Arabia Deserta

DOUGHTY, Charles Montagu. Wanderings in Arabia ... Being an Abridgement of "Travels in Arabia Deserta". [Edited by Edward Garnett.]

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DOUGHTY, Charles Montagu. Wanderings in Arabia ... Being an Abridgement of "Travels in Arabia Deserta". [Edited by Edward Garnett.] London, Duckworth, [1939].

8vo. Original green cloth, dust-wrapper; pp. xviii, 607; frontispiece and one folding map by Emery Walker; extremities very slightly rubbed, spine very slightly darkened, otherwise a very good copy.
One-volume edition (reprint of the 1927 edition) of Wanderings in Arabia~B~. Doughty's masterpiece Travels in Arabia Deserta - 'an unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia' (ODNB) - was first published in 1888, and William Morris had introduced it to Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, who in turn had passed it on to Garnett in 1902 (cf. M.S. Howard Jonathan Cape, Publisher (London: 1971), p. 30). Garnett's abridgement was first published in two volumes in 1908, and was responsible for bringing the work to the attention of a non-specialist readership and thus ensuring its lasting fame. This two-volume edition had been reprinted in 1908, 1913, and 1923, and the present, one-volume edition was possibly produced as a complement to the one-volume (and first trade) edition of Travels in Arabia Deserta with an introduction by T.E. Lawrence that Jonathan Cape had published in 1926.

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