The Heart of Arabia. A Record of Travel and Exploration
The Heart of Arabia. A Record of Travel and Exploration

PHILBY, H. St. J.B. The Heart of Arabia. A Record of Travel and Exploration.

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PHILBY, H. St. J.B. The Heart of Arabia. A Record of Travel and Exploration. London, Constable and Company Ltd., 1922.

Two volumes, 8vo. Original green cloth; spine ruled and lettered in gilt; gilt rules on spine continued across boards in blind; outer and lower edges uncut; a few unopened pages; pp. xxiii, 386; vii, 354; a multitude of photographic plates including a frontispiece, one plan in volume I, two folding colour maps at the end of volume II; minimal rubbing, light bubbling and marks to boards and spines; gift inscription to front fly-fleaf of volume I Provenance: 'Presented by E.C. Candler Esq., Priory 1919-22,' to the Repton School Library; their bookplates to paste-downs; a few library stamps; a little foxing in places; a few marks to endpapers; a good set.
First edition of Philby's most difficult to find titles, and one of the most important travel books on Central Arabia, written by a friend of Ibn Saud. Philby explored the lands between the Persian Gulf and Jeddah on the red sea, took very good photos and notes on the geography and the people he encountered. The resulting maps are the best of the period, including one of southern Nejd, with routes between Riyadh and Wadi Dawasir.
Gift inscription possibly from Edmund Candler, himself educated at Repton School. Candler was an English journalist and writer, who published a variety of works on travels in South Asia, and one on the Mesopotamian campaign.

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