A Pilgrimage to Nejd, The Cradle of the Arab Race. A visit to the court of the Arab Emir, and 'Our Persian Camaign'. BLUNT Lady Anne 1837-1917 Publisher: John Murray Publish Year: 1881 Publish Place: London: Albemarle Street Illustrator: Unknown Category: Miscellaneous, Foreign Travel, Antiquarian Book, History, Reference Book No: 007614 Status: For Sale Book Condition: Very Good Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall Jacket Condition: Binding: Hardcover Book Type: Unknown Edition: 1st Edition Inscription: Unknown £1,000.00 Add to Basket Ask a question Refer to a friend Additional information VG, 1st edition, 1 map, 31 illustrations. 2 volumes in the publishers gilt and ink pictorial green cloth. Spines, gilt & ink titles & tooling, edges bumped. Internally: Vol 1, half title, frontis, , (x-xxxi), , , , 2-27Arabia travel history Nejd TA-VBF-20223 pp, 17 illustrations, 1 map (coloured, with repaired tear). Vol 2, half title, frontis, , (viii-ix), , , , 2-283 pp, , (25) adverts (dated October, 1880), 14 illustrations. Both volumes, grey endpapers, bookseller label to fpds, small light water? stain to margin tp Vol 1, small bookseller label to epds (removed in v2), evidence of bookplate removal from eps. An excellent copy. (203*134 mm). The 'pilgrimage' describes a five-month journey undertaken by Blunt, in 1878, to the great central desert region of Arabia. That a woman should venture on such a perilous journey at all was unusual enough in the mid-nineteenth century, and the resulting narrative throws a refreshing and sensitive light on the people and places of those times. Her narrative contains all the romance of the desert and excels in the portraiture of its inhabitants. Yet also described are the awful hardships she faced in one of the world's harshest environments.