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Sons of Sindbad
London: Hodder & Stoughton Limited,, 1940. An Account of Sailing with the Arabs in their Dhows, in the Red Sea, round the Coasts of Arabia, and to Zanzibar and Tanganyika; Pearling in the Persian Gulf; and the life of the Shipmasters and the Mariners of Kuwait. Large octavo. Original blue boards, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and 35 other photographic plates, maps in red and black to the free endpapers. A little spotting to top edge of text block. Otherwise an excellent copy in the toned jacket, short closed tears to head of panels. First edition, first impression, of what is probably Villiers's finest book. A record of "A journey of 10,000 odd miles along the Arabian and African coasts in dhows, this work contains wonderful stories of feats of seamanship, carried out without the aid of navigation instruments. Perhaps the most graphic chapter is the one entitled Delta of Misery, an account of a visit to the Rufiji Delta. To the ordinary, the journey could only have been one of extreme discomfort, but it had its compensation for Villiers, who has here given us a remarkable story of sailing with 'a group of skirted mariners, illiterate and fanatic, but seamen to the backbone'" (Scottish Geographical Journal, 57, 1941).
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