Arabian Days. An Autobiography.

Philby, H. St. John.

Book ID: 6065


8vo. xvi, 336 pp., half-title, frontispiece portrait, numerous b/w photographic plates, original blue cloth, lightly faded, title gilt on spine, gilt vignette portrait on front cover, index, browning to endpapers, otherwise copy in very good condition, Robert Hale Ltd, London, First edition, 1948.


Harry St. John Philby (1885-1960) British explorer, official, and author. He joined (1917) the British foreign service, was sent on a special mission to Arabia, and became the first European to visit the southern provinces of the Nejd; he crossed the Arabian Peninsular from Uquair to Jidda; and in 1932 he crossed the Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khal)i desert. No other European has identified himself so thoroughly with things Arabian. For some 30 years he was an adviser to King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. Dissatisfied with British policy in the Middle East, he resigned (1930) from the foreign service, became a Muslim, and took the name of Hajj Abdullah. In 1944 he wrote the first instalment of his autobiography, A Pilgrim in Arabia, followed by Arabian Days, a continuation and amplification of his reminiscences, covering the whole of his life and surveying the many peoples, places and problems of the Middle East on which he has had an outstanding influence.

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