STARK, Freya. Beyond Euphrates. Autobiography 1928-1933.

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STARK, Freya. Beyond Euphrates. Autobiography 1928-1933. London, John Murray, [1951].

8vo. Original green buckram, spine lettered in gilt, Stark's signature blocked in gilt on the upper board, top edges green, others uncut, dustwrapper after Frank Quilter, retaining price; pp. xiii, [3], 341; one double-page map after H.W. Hawes printed on heavy green stock, 20 plates with photographic illustrations printed recto-and-verso, wood-engraved title-vignette and decorations by Reynolds Stone; small marginal flaw to wrappers, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition. The second volume of Stark's autobiography, describing her first journey to the East in 1928, interlude in Canada, and further travels in Persia, making adventurous journeys, providing the War Office with information used in its mapping of Persia, and submitting reports to The Times'. When she returned to London in 1933, it was 'to receive accolades as a female traveller. She was awarded the Back grant from the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and was the first woman to receive the Burton medal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Her account of her journeys, The Valleys of the Assassins (1934), was an immediate success, and known for its elegant prose, lively wit, and observations of people' (ODNB).