The first part of Freya Stark’s autobiography, spanning the years until her early thirties (1893-1927), immediately before embarking on her travels. The author was one of the first non-Arabs to journey through the southern Arabian Desert, in the 1930s. – The present copy is a reprint of the first edition; it was published in 1951, merely months after its first appearance in September 1950. Even though Stark’s uniquely personal writing style was considered unusual at the time, her books proved very popular. Stark was of Italian and British descent; she was born in Paris and grew up in several places throughout Europe. – Freya Stark’s autobiography includes three additional works: Beyond Euphrates (1951), The
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A 1950 First Edition hardcover copy with a green cover and clipped dust jacket and gilt lettering. There is some foxing and toning throughout but the text and black and white diagrams are clean and legible. There is a blue ink inscription on the front page and double-page map on blue-green paper, double-sided plates, a green ornament on the title page, a small woodcut of Asolo on p. 336, and some small decorations in the text and the dust jacket designed by F. Quilter. The dust cover has some rubbing and toning and tearing to the edges.
Rare in the first edition.
Published by John Murray, London.
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