The Marsh Arabs

THESIGER, Sir Wilfred Patrick. The Marsh Arabs.

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THESIGER, Sir Wilfred Patrick. The Marsh Arabs. London, Longmans, Green and Co Ltd, 1964.

8vo. Original green cloth, spine in black and gilt, dustwrapper (price-clipped); pp. [xiv], 242; monochrome photographic frontispiece and 32 plates bearing 109 photographic illustrations recto-and-verso after Thesiger, one double-page and two full-page maps after K.C. Jordan in the text; one of best preserved copies we had for a while; provenance: contemporary bookplate John and Margaret Streeter inside front cover.
First edition. The Marsh Arabs was Thesiger's second book, and is based on his experiences between 1950 and 1958, when he lived amongst the Marsh Arabs of Iraq for eight years, 'sharing the communal life of the villages and travelling by canoe throughout the marshes' (Alexander Maitland, ODNB); its publication in 1964 - extensively illustrated with Thesiger's own photographs - 'confirmed Thesiger's reputation as a writer and a photographer' (loc. cit.).
The Australian collectors Streeter sold their art collection at auction in Melbourne in 1981.