HELFRITZ, Hans. Land Without Shade. New York, Robert McBride, .
8vo. Original cloth in the rarely seen dust-wrapper (possibly designed by Augusta Rathbone); pp. 286 [2, pictorial sketch map]; photogravure plates; light fraying to wrappers, spine a little dusted; else a very good copy of a scarce title.
First US edition. In 1931-2, Helfritz made two journeys in Southern Arabia, the first to and from Makalla on the Hadhramaut coast, the second from Makalla into the interior and then westwards to Hodeida. His photographs of this region were among the first to appear in Europe. This book was written by a German modernist composer, musicologist, traveller, writer and photographer. Helfritz had visited Yemen three times between 1931 and 1935, and the result, the present book, is his most important work as travel writer. At the outbreak of the Second World War Helfritz happened to be in Latin America, which he chose as exile, because the new masters of Germany would have prosecuted him for his homosexuality.