THOMAS, Bertram. Arabia Felix: Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia. With a Foreword by Colonel T.E. Lawrence (T.E.S.) and an Appendix by Sir Arthur Keith. London, Jonathan Cape, 1932.
8vo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. xxix, , 396, ; numerous photographic illustrations on plates, one large folding map; very light discoloration to cloth; otherwise a clean and fresh copy, together with a Middle-Eastern Christmas card produced in 1947, written and signed by Bertram Thomas to Lieutenant Commander (RN, D.S.C., retired) George Frederick Dickens, as well as two portrait photographies of Thomas (repaired tears).
First edition, first impression. A classic account that describes Thomas' crossing of the 'Empty Quarter' from Salala on the southern coast of modern Oman to Qatar in the north. Thomas himself writes that in this work he endeavours 'to set forth as a straightforward narrative the things I saw and heard, and the experiences that befell me'. This is to understate one of the most exciting and readable twentieth-century travelogues by 'the compleat Arabian traveller enshrined', as T.E. Lawrence describes Thomas in his foreword to the work. The book contains Thomas' photos of Sheikh Abdullah, Mohamed bin Abdul-Latif bin Mani', and his brother Saleh bin Abdul-Latif bin Mani' and one of the earliest photos of Qatar Royal family. - From the library of a friend of Thomas and highly decorated member of the Royal Navy.