STARK, Freya. The Coast of Incense. Autobiography 1933-1939.

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STARK, Freya. The Coast of Incense. Autobiography 1933-1939. London, John Murray, 1953.

8vo. Original green buckram, author's signature on gilt on upper cover, spine lettered in gilt, wrappers not price-clipped; pp. xv, 287; title printed in green and black with vignette by Reynolds Stone, map printed on green paper after H.W. Hawes, 20 leaves of photographic illustrations, illustrations in the text, wood-engraved tailpieces by Stone; one tiny marginal flaw to wrappers, name on front fly-leaf, a few light spots here and ther only; otherwise very good copy.
First edition, in the superior binding. The third title in Stark's four-volume autobiography covers her years in Southern Arabia, notably the Hadhramaut, Iraq, and Greece and Syria: 'this book travels mostly in South Arabia, whose distant, severe and unimaginable beauty lives in my heart, so that I have been glad to write about it once more, and to paint, while doing so, as honest a portrait of myself as I can' (p. xiii).

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