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Pearls Arms and Hashish by  Ida Treat Henri De Monfried - First - 1930 - from Acme Book Shop and Biblio.com

Pearls Arms and Hashish : Adventures of a Red Sea Smuggler

by Henri De Monfried, Ida Treat

Condition: Very Good


Nobleman, writer, adventurer and inspiration for the swashbuckling gun runner in the Adventures of Tintin, Henri de Monfried lived by his own account 'a rich, restless, magnificent life' as one of the great travellers of his or any age. Infamous as well as famous, his name is inextricably linked to the Red Sea and the raffish ports between Suez and Aden in the early years of the twentieth century. This is a compelling account of how de Monfried seeks his fortune by becoming a collector and merchant of the fabled Gulf pearls, then is drawn into the shadowy world of arms trading, slavery, smuggling and drugs. Hashish was the drug of choice, and de Monfried writes of sailing to Suez with illegal cargos, dodging blockades and pirates.

No dust jacket. A true first edition. Twenty-one plates of photographs. Clean, tight, square, and unmarked. Gilt letters, brown cloth, letters on spine faded. Corners tiny wear and tears, see our image. The colophon on the copyright page is proof that it's a first.

  • Bookseller: Acme Book Shop US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 418
  • Title: Pearls Arms and Hashish
  • Author: Henri De Monfried, Ida Treat
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Coward-McCann
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1930
  • Bookseller catalogs: First Editions; Vintage;


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