FIENNES, Sir Ranulph, Bt. Atlantis of the Sands. The Search for the Lost City of Ubar. London, Bloomsbury, 1992.
4to. Original black boards, spine lettered in gilt, photographic endpapers, dustwrapper; pp. 192; 32 plates of colour and monochrome illustrations, 4 full-page maps after Neil Hyslop; a very good copy.
First edition. 'Fiennes began his long search for the lost city of Ubar - described by Lawrence of Arabia as 'the Atlantis of the Sands' - when, after expulsion from the SAS, he was fighting Communists in Oman in 1968 [...] With help from space technology, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and old Bedu acquaintances from his anti-communist-fighting days, Fiennes and his international team followed historical clues that involved Ptolemy, Marco Polo and the Queen of Sheba. A fascinating trail through jungles, subterranean tunnels and the hottest deserts on earth finally led, in 1991, to the discovery of Ubar, the Atlantis of the Sands (dustwrapper blurb).