RASWAN, Carl R. Black Tents of Arabia (My Life Among the Bedouins). London, Paternoster Libray, .
8vo. Original green cloth, lettered in black, illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. 256; portrait frontispiece and one leaf of horse portraits, light wear to edges of wrappers, else a very good copy of a rare title, Gillian Hutchinson's contemporary bookplate with horse-portraits inside front cover.
Scarce second British edition of a major work discussing Arab horses and camels, among ethnographic observations. A minor incident had resulted in the author becoming a blood brother of Amir Fuaz, a member of the Ruala Bedouins, one of the largest Bedouin tribes. His experiences during numerous visits to the tribe in the years following the First World War are recounted in the present work. Inhabiting the region of northern Arabia, the Ruala prove to be fierce hosts, and Raswan records instances of skirmishes between marauding bands, alongside enjoyment of pursuits such as falconry.
Carl Reinhard Raswan (1893-1966), born Carl Reinhard Schmidt was the scholar of Arabian bloodlines. He also published the Raswan Index, an extensive compilation of Arabian horse pedigrees and strain information. He advocated tolerance and understanding of Bedouin ways of life and culture in Arabia. Raswan's life in Arabia and the US is definitely worth a full-length biography.