THESIGER, Sir Wilfred Patrick. Visions of a Nomad. London William Collins Son & Co. Ltd., 1987.
4to. Original brown boards, spine lettered in gilt, dustwrapper illustrated with photographs by Thesiger, not price-clipped; pp. 224; frontispiece and text illustrations, many double- or full-page, after Thesiger, double-page map; lower endpapers with on brown spot, otjherwise a very good copy, with bookplate inside front cover.
First edition, second issue. A remarkable collection of Thesiger's photographs, selected by him from the many pictures taken during his travels. The work is prefaced by an introduction recounting Thesiger's life and travels and the circumstances in which the photographs were taken, and is divided into four sections: the first is drawn from photographs taken in the course of various travels; the second is of images of Africa; the third of the Arab World; the fourth of Asia (each of the last three is prefaced by its own introduction). 'I have never taken a colour photograph, nor have I ever felt the urge to do so. This may be due in part to my preference for drawings rather than paintings, my appreciation of line rather than colour. I am, however, convinced that black and white photography affords a wider and more interesting scope than colour, which by its very nature aims to reproduce exactly what is seen by the photographer [...] because of its accuracy, colour photography lends itself ideally to animals, birds or ceremonial occasions, for example. With black and white film, on the other hand, each subject offers its own variety of possibilities, according to the use made by the photographer of light and shade. This is particularly the case with portraits, which are my chief interest. Indeed, I believe that the majority of the photographs in this book have a quality that would have been lost in colour' (p. 10).
P.N. Grover, Bibliography of Works by Sir Wilfred Thesiger, p. 271.