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Arabian Sands by Thesiger Wilfred - Signed First Edition - 1959 - from Rachel Smith Books (SKU: Nov002)

Arabian Sands

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Arabian Sands

by Thesiger Wilfred

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  • hardcover
  • Signed
  • First
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Arabian Sands, by Wilfred Thesiger.
Longman, London, 1959, first edition with Dust Jacket. A very attractive signed copy of his very popular account of his explorations in Arabia. "The book covers the five years ending in 1950 which, with the exception of brief interruptions only, Thesiger spent in and around the Empty Quarter, the half million square miles of one of the cruelest deserts of the world.", (from back jacket).
This copy is signed on the title page by Thesiger. The folding map of the Empty Quarter is in the rear pocket and except for my inspection it appears to have never been opened. The condition of the book is near Fine with the detractions limited to some tape residue on the front end paper that probably held a newspaper clipping, and a previous owner's signature on the same endpaper. There is no fading to the dust jacket or the book. The dust jacket would rate a VG+ and is not price clipped. There is some shelf wear in several places but no tears or nicks.


"First published in Great Britain by Longmans, Green 1959, first published in the United States of America by E.P. Dutton 1959"--T.p. verso. "Reprinted with a second preface 1991"--T.p. verso. Includes index. "Gift, April 2007"


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Rachel Smith Books US (US)
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Arabian Sands
Thesiger Wilfred
Cream colored boards with letters on spine in gilt
Book condition
Used - Very Good+
Jacket condition
Very Good
first edition, first impression
Place of Publication
Date Published
8 vo.
Arabia, Thesiger
8 vo.

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