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Thesiger, Wilfred
The Marsh Arabs
London: Longmans, 1964. First edition. [xii], 242 pp. Profusely illustrated with maps and photographs by the author. 8vo. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. A rare signed copy in lovely condition. The Marsh Arabs is an account of Thesiger's time in the marshes of southern Iraq where he lived from the end of 1951 until June 1958. He writes in the introduction: "From my recollections, helped by my diaries, I have tried to give a picture of the Marshes and of the people who live there. Recent political upheavals in Iraq have closed this area to visitors. Soon the Marshes will probably be drained; when this happens, a way of life that has lasted for thousands of years will disappear." After the enthusiastic reception of Arabian Sands, this second work "confirmed Thesiger's reputation as a writer and a photographer ... [He was celebrated for] the manner in which he travelled, the enduring relationships he forged among tribes in remote, seldom visited areas, and the way he captured for posterity fast disappearing ways of life. By the time of his death he was widely acknowledged as among the greatest of twentieth-century explorers" (ODNB). A near fine copy in original green cloth, gilt, with a fine price-clipped dust jacket.
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller [USA]

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