Ithica, New York; (1952): Published for the Middle East Institute by Cornell University Press. First Edition. Octavo. Item #028969
xvi, 771 pages, errata slip laid in, illustrated and with a large folding map in rear pocket of Qizan (Jizan). Until the 1930's, the highlands of the southwest corner of Saudi Arabia were among the world's least remaining lands not fully explored or charted. H. St. J. Philby made these journeys first in 1832 and later in 1936-37. His descriptions of the marketplace, the Amir holding court, and his detailed visit to the magnificent royal desert encampment brought to life a world that had been hidden from the West. His travels took him to the beautifully carpeted and decorated home of the Amirs as well as to the brush huts of the poor natives. His conversion to Islam, his taking of two wives, and his visit to Mecca are all described with great care. Bound in green cloth centrally stamped in gilt depicting a palm tree with two crossed swords, spine lettering gilt, A lovely copy, near fine in very good pictorial dust jacket with a few closed tears and chip to rear panel at corner, light rubbing, spine darkened. No names or bookplates.