The Life of Charles M. Doughty.

Hogarth, David George.

Book ID: 250


8vo. viii, [2], 216 pp, frontis portrait of Doughty, 1 folding map, b/w plates hors text, contemporary brown cloth, slightly rubbed round edges, copy inside clean & in very good condition, Doubleday, Doran & Co. Inc., New York, 1929.


Charles Montagu Doughty (1843-1926), the British Orientalist , published ” Travels in Arabia Deserta” in 1888, the year of Lawrence’s birth. Lawrence first read it, when planning his tour in Syria in 1909. David Hogarth (182-1927), keeper of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, suggested to Lawrence to contact Doughty for advice. Lawrence renewed his acquaintance with Doughty after the war commissioning a portrait of him by Kennington. In 1921, Lawrence arranged for a new edition of ” Travels in Arabia Deserta” to be published and contributed an introduction. This publication was to assist Doughty who was living in Straitened circumstances. Lawrence had discussed with Hogarth the possibility of reprinting this classic of travel literature as early as 1916, using the government Press in Cairo.
It was Hogarth who arranged for Lawrence to join the dig at Carchemish , and to acquire antiquities for the Ashmolean. Lawrence came to look upon Hogarth as his mentor.

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