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John Murray, London, 1937. Hardback. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A very good bright and clean copy of the first edition. Internally clean and sound with numerous b/w plates as issued. In original green cloth with gilt signature to front board. personal copy of Gerald De Gaury with his signature dated April 1942 and his bookplate. Also John Murray's compliment slip with note "sent on Miss Stark's instructions " 269pp.
In 1929 Stark moved to Baghdad, where she went slumming in Arab clothing and was an outsider among the priggish British expatriates" (ODNB). During this time she made two journeys into the mountains of western Iran. The first took her to Luristan, which lies between Harsin and Khorramabad. Her second trip was to Ilam and the Kabirkuh mountains. The War Office made maps based on the information she brought back and her profile in the expat community rose as a result. In her authoritative work on female travellers, Jane Robinson sums up Stark's career, "In all her journeys she has been able to distill and communicate a rich philosophy of travel and to illustrate the art of travelling in time as well as place.
Author Freya Stark
Publisher John Murray
Condition Very Good