The Sand Kings of Oman being the experiences of an R.A.F

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.

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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.,, [1947].

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'.
O'Brien F0811.

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