Sheba’s Daughters Being a Record of Travel in Southern Arabia.

Philby, H. St. John.

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Book ID: 1684


8vo. xix, 485 pp., frontispiece, 47 b/w plates hors text, 1 folding map, contemporary cloth in worn d/w, appendix, index, dampstain to cloth & d/w at spine but not affecting the pages, foxing to endpapers, otherwise copy inside clean & in very good condition, Methuen & Co., London, first edition, 1939.


The account of a journey made by the author, Ibn Saud’s official adviser, from Central Arabia to the Indian Ocean. His starting point was the King’s camp at ‘Ashaira on the Mecca to Riyadh road. Philby was the first European to enter Abha, the capital of Najran, the frontier district between the Wahhabis and the Yemenites, and the second to visit Shabwa, although he was the first to explore the ruins where he discovered the great temple of Astarte.

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