Syria: An Historical Appreciation – Robin Fedden (1956)


Syria: An Historical Appreciation – Robin Fedden (1956)


Title: Syria: An Historical Appreciation

Author: Robin Fedden

Publisher: Robert Hale, 1956. 

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Good. Sunning to cover, slight tanning to edges and endpapers. With numerous black-and-white photographs. 223pp., app 9″ by 6″.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Three Towns
  3. Phoenician Coast
  4. The Roman Peace
  5. A River and Byzantium
  6. Bedouin and Desert Palaces
  7. Crusader Castles
  8. Turks, Travellers and the Mountain
  9. The Contemporary Scene
  10. Books
  11. Appendix: On Travel in Syria

About the author (from Wikipedia):

Henry Robin Romilly Fedden, CBE, (1908–1977) was an English writer, diplomat and mountaineer. He was the son of artist Romilly Fedden and novelist Katherine Waldo Douglas.

Raised mostly in Chantemesle, France, Fedden went to Cambridge University to read English. He served as a diplomat in Athens and taught English Literature at Cairo University. He was one of the Cairo poets, and co-edited the literary journal Personal Landscape with Lawrence Durrell and Bernard Spencer. After World War II, he worked for the National Trust, rising to the post of Deputy Director-General. He retired in 1973.

He had a wide variety of interests, which were reflected in the books he wrote. The best known of these are The Enchanted Mountains and Chantemesle. He also wrote several guidebooks for the National Trust. He was a dedicated mountaineer, a pursuit he took up in his late thirties.

He was married to Renee Fedden; they had two daughters. He died in 1977.