MONFREID, Henry de. Hashish. London. Meuthen & Co., 1935.
8vo. Original dark blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. vii, , 284, 8, publisher's catalogue, portrait frontispiece, photographic plates, full-page map in the text; cloth a little marked, light spotting to text here and there; a good copy of a rare work.
Scarce first and only edition in English. De Monfreid was the son of the artist Daniel de Monfreid (a friend of the artist Paul Gaugin, whom Henry knew as a child), and he travelled the coasts of the Red Sea in the early part of the twentieth century in an Arab boutre, which he described as a sort of small fishing vessel, such as is used by the pearl fishers of the Red Sea. 'With untiring faith in his guiding star, he purchases a consignment in the mountains in Greece, and ships it by devious routes to Egypt. As a lesson in defying the lawhis methods are illuminating, and his descriptions of life on a native "boutre" are as gruesome as they are authentic' (blurb on lower wrapper).