STARK, Freya Letters. Edited by Lucy Moorehead and Caroline Moorehead. [London], Compton Russell/Michael Russell, 1974-1982.
8 volumes, 8vo. Original cloth in dust-wrappers with portrait of Stark to lower covers; maps to endpapers of some volumes; price-clipped; a near-fine set.
First edition. Stark is best known for her travels in the Middle East and Arabia, as related in her published works and the four volumes of autobiography. The present volumes collect many of her letters from the years 1914-1980, thus being the best collection of source material on her life. The correspondents include members of her family, Sir Sydney Cockerell, Lady Chomondeley, John Grey Murray, Stewart Perowne, Captain Vyvyan Holt, Lord and Lady Wavell, Sir Kinahan Cornwallis, Lionel Smith and others. Each volume contains an index at the rear listing both correspondents and the matters discussed. A treasure trove not only for Freya Stark readers, but as well for the historian of British Mandate Iraq and British Middle East politics during WWII. - This complete set will keep you busy until the end of the next lock-down.