HASSANEIN BEY, A.M. The Lost Oases … Introduction by Sir Rennell Rodd. London, Thornton Butterworth Limited, .
8vo. Original cloth with illustrated dust-wrappers; pp. 316, portrait fron tispiece with tisue guard, map in colour, plaes after photographs; ther rarely seen wrappers with light fraying to marginas and a little loss to tail of spine; a little offsetting from endpapers, very light spotting internally, a very goos copy of an uncommon and important work.
First edition, presentation copy inscribed to Philip Nichols and signed by the author 'with many salams', dated 1926 on front fly leaf. This is a remarkable travelogue by a remarkable Egyptian. 'It tells the story of a truly epic journey of 2,200 miles by camel from the tiny Egyptian port of Sollum on the shores of the Mediterranean to Al Obeid in what was, in 1923, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. As leader of this remarkable seven-month expedition, which discovered the ‘lost’ oases of Jebel Arkenu ( known since 1892 through Arab sources) and Jebel Ouenat, Hassanein Bey was awarded the Founder’s Medal by the Royal Geographical Society in 1924. The director of the Desert Survey of Egypt hailed it as an almost unique achievement in the annals of geographic exploration’ (Justin Marozzi, in: Foxed Quartery on The Lost Oases, online).
Ahmad Mohammad Makhluf Hasanen al-Bulaki (1889-1946) was an Egyptian diplomat, politician, scientist and geographic explorer, who after this epic journey into the the Lybian desert down to the Sudan represented his country at the Olympic Games in Paris in 1924. In December 1922 he had set off from Sallum to discover the 'Lost Oases' of Jebel Uweinat and Jebel Arkenu, studying the Senussi, and their traditions, visiting Siwa and gathered an impressive amount of data, astronomic, ehtnographic, geographic, and archaeologic on this almost uncharted part of the Eastern Sahara.