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NARRATIVE OF A YEAR’S JOURNEY THROUGH CENTRAL AND EASTERN ARABIA (1862-63).
Palgrave, William Gifford.

NARRATIVE OF A YEAR’S JOURNEY THROUGH CENTRAL AND EASTERN ARABIA (1862-63).

Macmillan and Co. 1865.
2nd Ed. 2 vols. xiii + 466pp. + [ii]. publ. adverts. + [iii] + 398pp. + 22pp. publ adverts. Port. frontis., folding map, 4 folding plans. Some light browning, bookplates removed from pastedowns, original gilt lettered cloth with gilt ruling and gilt vignettes to upper boards, rebacked with original spines laid down, corners sl. rubbed. William Gifford Palgrave (1826–1888), traveller and diplomatist. ODNB ‘... Palgrave now undertook an adventurous journey across central Arabia, which he accomplished in 1862 and 1863, thereby becoming the first westerner to cross Arabia by an approximately diagonal route (from the north-west to the south-east). Travelling among the Wahabbis, he was in considerable danger, should he be detected as a European. Once, at Ha’il, he was recognized as having been seen at Damascus, and at Riyadh he was suspected and accused of being an English spy, but his skill at disguise, coupled with his presence of mind and good fortune, secured his safety. Palgrave returned to Europe in late 1863 and wrote [the above work], a classic of Arabian travel literature, though its veracity has been attacked by several distinguished orientalists ...’
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