O'SHEA, Raymond. The Sand Kings of Oman being the experiences of an R.A.F. Officer in the little known Regions of Trucial Oman Arabia. London, Methuen & Co. Ltd.,, .
8vo. Original cloth in dust-wrapper; pp. xix, 209; 16 illustrations from photographs, one sketch map, map front endpapers; some fraying to extremities of wrapper with some loss to head and tail of spine and to lower wrapper, rubbing to head and tail of spine, internally clean, a good copy.
Scarce first edition. O'Shea's fascinating account of his posting to an Omani coastal fort during WWII relates details of the local Arabs and of their pearl-fishing industry, gazelle hunting and falconry, tribal wars and the like. It also tells of his journey into the Rub-al-Khali desert - the Empty Quarter - a few years before Wilfrid Thesiger's own travels in the area. His reminiscences include his meetings with T.E. Lawrence (listed 8 times in the index) - 'I think few people realise that it was one of Colonel Lawrence's ambitions to visit the Rub-alKhali'.