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Under Persian Skies: A Record of Travel by the Old Caravan Routes of Western Persia.
London: H. F. & G. Witherby, 1928 - Octavo. Original blue finely textured cloth, titles and vignette to spine in gilt, decorative panel to front board in blind, partly unopened, bottom edge untrimmed. With the dust jacket. Head of spine gently pulled, slightly marked on rear board but an excellent copy in the striking dust jacket, with some wear to extremities and a touch soiled on the rear panel. Photographic frontispiece with tissue guard, 39 similar plates, folding map in colour. First edition, first impression. Publisher's copy with their bookplate to front pastedown. Hermann Norden was born in Emden, Germany in 1870 and migrated to the USA at the age of sixteen to work with his uncle, who was a cotton trader in New York City (Schröder, www.ostfriesischelandschaft.de, online). By 1911, he had amassed such a fortune that he was able to embark on an astounding series of voyages; the lands he explored may well have been known to the West - indeed, were European colonies - but how many could claim to have been to both Lake Tana and Phnom Penh? Several books, all published between 1923 and his death in London eight years later, stand as the record of an intrepid career in which Norden always sailed out alone and relied solely on local guides he would encounter at his destination. By 1922. he was already held in sufficient esteem in academic circles to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In a 1927 photograph he is seen standing next to Albert Einstein, Max Planck and other members of the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences. The present work is the fruit of the the author's immersion in Persian culture Chapters are overlaid with passages demonstrating an impressive knowledge of Iranian history and its Shi'ite faith; in refreshing contrast to the tenor of his contemporaries, one can detect the broad liberal sympathies informing a generally ethnographic style. A fine addition to any collection, especially those with a particular focus on the Middle East, and exceedingly uncommon in this condition with the dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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