Baghdad: The Times Press Ltd, 1932.
First edition. 12 plates (line drawings by E.N. Prescott). 132 pp. STARK'S FIRST BOOK. Original orange cloth, with paper labels to spine and upper board. Ownership inscription and further note (both in ink) to flyeaf. Very good plus. Howgego, S61; Robinson, Wayward Women, pp 28-30; Arcadian Library 15448. Item #303946
The scarce first book by one of the great twentieth century travellers, owned by a fellow resident of Baghdad, Edith Stewart. Born in Paris, brought up in Devon and Italy, Stark studied history at Bedford College, University of London, then trained as a nurse and learned Arabic at the School of Oriental Studies.
"In 1929 she moved to Baghdad, where she went slumming in Arab clothing and was an outsider among 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. She carries the past with her ... always teaching and learning at the same time. She is, quite simply, a classic."
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