The Marsh Arabs
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 lettered 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; cloth a little mottles as usual, edges of wrapper with minimal abrasures, fly-leaves with brown patches due to previous tape adhesion; still a very good copy.
First edition, second impression, signed by the author on title-page. 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.).

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