Arabia Felix: Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia. With a Foreword …
Arabia Felix: Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia. With a Foreword …

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.

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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, dust-wrapper in red and black (price-clipped, stating 'Second Impression' inside front flap), tan top edge; pp. xxix, [3], 396, [2]; numerous photographic illustrations on plates, one large folding map; wrappers with flaws at head of spine and a little rubbed and darkened, lower cover of cloth a bit faded, penultimate text leaf with marginal tears to lower outer corner, due to fault of the binding machine; a clean and fresh copy.
First edition, first impression (despite the wrappers). 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. George Bernard Shaw had assisted TEL in doing so.
The lettering of the cloth binding and top edge indicate first impression. The known second impression wrappers have the added text in red stating that it is a new and cheaper edition on the front cover.
O'Brien A155.

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