Travels in Arabia Deserta – Charles M. Doughty (1921) (2 vols)


Travels in Arabia Deserta – Charles M. Doughty (1921) (2 vols)


Title: Travels in Arabia Deserta

Author: Charles M. Doughty

Publisher: Philip Lee Warner, and Jonathan Cape, 1921. Third edition.

Condition: Hardcover, decorative cloth. 2 vols, complete. Fair. A good copy with some wear, complete with a large foldout map in the rear pocket. Vol 1, 621pp., Vol. 2, 690pp. App 9″ by 6″. A heavy set, overseas shipping will cost extra.

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Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888) is a travel book by Charles Montagu Doughty (1843–1926), an English poet, writer, and traveller. Doughty had travelled in the Middle East and spent some time living with the Bedouins during the 1870s. Rory Stewart describes the book as “a unique chronicle of a piece of history that has been lost”.

About Doughty (from Wikipedia):

Charles Montagu Doughty (19 August 1843 – 20 January 1926) was an English poet, writer, explorer, adventurer and traveller born in Theberton Hall near Saxmundham, Suffolk and educated at private schools in Laleham and Elstree, and at a school for the Royal Navy, Portsmouth. He was a student at King’s College London, eventually graduating from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1864.

He is best known for his 1888 travel book Travels in Arabia Deserta, a work in two volumes that, although it had little immediate influence upon its publication, slowly became a kind of touchstone of ambitious travel writing, one valued as much for its language as for its content. T. E. Lawrence rediscovered the book and caused it to be republished in the 1920s, contributing an admiring introduction of his own. Since then, the book has gone in and out of print.