Arabia Felix: Across the "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. With a foreword by Colonel T.E. Lawrence … Appendix by Sir Arthur Keith. Bertram Thomas.
Arabia Felix: Across the "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. With a foreword by Colonel T.E. Lawrence … Appendix by Sir Arthur Keith
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‘the finest thing in Arabian exploration’

Arabia Felix: Across the "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. With a foreword by Colonel T.E. Lawrence … Appendix by Sir Arthur Keith.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1932.

Reprinted, February 1932 (i.e., second printing, in month of original publication). Profusely illustrated; folding map in rear. xxix, 397 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. ‘the finest thing in Arabian exploration’. Original gold cloth. Fine copy in near fine dust jacket (faint soiling to spine panel of dust jacket). O'Brien A155 (note). Item #308267

In 1931, Bertram Thomas, British Agent at Muscat, successfully crossed the Empty Quarter, the great desert of south Arabia. On hearing of the feat, T.E. Lawrence wrote, “It remained the only unknown corner of the world, and it is the end of the history of exploration. Thomas did it by camel, at his own expense. … Its difficulty can best be put by my saying that no Arab, so far as we know, has ever crossed it”.
In February, 1932, Thomas published his account of the crossing, ARABIA FELIX, with a Foreword by T.E. Lawrence. In his foreword, Lawrence wrote, “Thomas let me read the draft, and I then did my best to comment usefully; once remarking that the tale was good enough for his journey — no faint judgment, set against what I think the finest thing in Arabian exploration.”.

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