London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1959. [Arabian Travel] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (23 x 16cm), pp.xvi; 326; . Thoroughly illustrated with the author's photographs. Map of the "Empty Quarter" folded in pocket at rear. In publisher's cream cloth with gilt titles to spine. With original pictorial dust-jacket. A very good copy of the book, in a used jacket with a few chips to extremities, some soiling and discolour to spine and rear panel, price clipped. An inexpensive copy of the first edition. Rightly declared a classic of Arabian travel literature, this book is the most important work by Thesiger, also known as Mubarak bin London ("blessed one from London"), a former officer of the SAS and Sudan Defence Force. It tells the story of his five-year exploration by foot or camel of the 'Empty Quarter', a brutally inhospitable wasteland and at a half million square miles, the largest sand desert in the world. Item #56285
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