FORDER, Archibald. Ventures among the Arabs in Desert, Tent and Town. Thirteen Years of Pioneer Missionary Life with the Ishmaelites of Moab, Edom and Arabia. New York, Gospel Publishing House, 1909.
8vo. Original illustrated cloth; pp. x, 292, plates after photographs, folding map at rear; cloth a little marked, otherwise very good.
Very rare first edition. Archibald Forder (1863-1934) had been a missionary in the Levant for 13 years, 'with the Ishmaelites of Moab, Edom and Arabia' as he says on the title-page. Unlike most other books by missionaries he is almost exclusively concerned with details of the material culture, from crafts and technology to food and agriculture. 'Forder had a deep affection for Arab peoples, especially the Bedouin tribes among whom he itinerated widely' (Missiology Blog). This is a narrative of Forder's journey from Moab into the desert and Northern Arabia via Druze country and Bashan, with some spectacular pictorial material of everyday life.