WAVELL, A. J. B. A Modern Pilgrim in Mecca and a Siege in Sanaa. London, John Constable, 1912.
8vo. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt; pp. viii, , 343, 7 plates after photographs (one is a map), large folding map of Arabia in black and blue at rear; light wear to extremities, a little spotted; othewise a good copy of rare work.
First edition. Wavell spoke Swahili and he travelled to Mecca in 1908 disguised as a native of Zanzibar in the company of a Swahili and an Arab from Aleppo who had lived for some time in Berlin. He had joined other pilgrims in Damascus and travelled to Medina on the Hedjaz Railway. He continued his journey to Yemen, travelled secretly to Sanaa, where he took a house, and was present during the siege of January to March 1911 when the Yemenis sought to drive out the Turks.