STARK, Freya. Letters from Syria. London, Travel Book Club, .
8vo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt, dust-wrapper, map paste-down; pp. x, 194, map, plates after photographs by the author and her travelling companion Venetia Buddicom; wrapper with wear, a little spotted due to paper stock, a rather good copy.
Later edition (first, 1942) of one of Freya Stark's rarest titles. We believe that the war effort kept the printruns of this title rather small. These letters, dating from the late 1920s, report of Ms Stark's settlement in Brummana in the mountains east of Beirut, where she immersed herself in the local community and perfected her Arabic, not only the speaking of, but the thinking in Arabic as well. She then stayed with a houshold in Damascus, before later setting out with her guide Najm, his small nephew and three donkeys travelling though the rough Jebel Druse country and to Bosra in the the Hauran in Southern Syria, or Transjordania.