MILLER, Janet. Camel-Bells of Baghdad. An Adventurous Journey to the City of the Arabian Nights, the Tower of Babel, the Garden of Eden, the Palace of Darius, the Bazaars of Teheran, and the Mountains and Deserts of Persia. Boston and New York, Hoghton Mifflin, 1934.
8vo. Original cloth with the rarely seen beautifully illustrated dust-wrapper, map endpapers; pp. viii, , 299, with frontispiece; light toning to endpapers; otherwise very good; ownership inscription to front fly-leaf.
First edition. The American traveller and medical doctor describes life in and around Baghdad. 'In Baghdad she equipped herself with a native costume, and set out to explore the city systematically. Her impressions are freshly and vividly recorded, and additional charm is lent to her narrative by skilful quotations from the writings of previous travellers. After visiting Babylon and Chaldea from Baghdad, she turned her back on Iraq and crossed the desert into Persia. Her study of Persia is on a larger scale, and this part of the book, in addition to descriptive passages as charming as those about Iraq, contains much that is to the point about the political development of the country' (contemporary review of the British edition in The Spectator, February 22, 1935, p. 48). The author has been written out of history. From the blurb on the lower flap of the wrapper we learn that she worked as a doctor in Belgian Congo, Japan and China, and that she 'is being proposed by the women of Japan and China for the Nobel prize for the person who shall have best promoted the fraternity of Nations'.