Arabian Sands Wilfred Thesiger Folio Society 2009


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Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

The southern deserts of Saudi Arabia are so immense, desolate and inhospitable they are known in Arabic as ‘ Rub al Khali’ – ‘the Empty Quarter’. This dune filled abyss of nearly half a million square miles was, for Wifrred Thesiger, ‘the final, unattainable challenge’. Between 1945 and 1950, he made two epic treks on foot and camel – over 10,000 miles in all – in which his life was in constant danger. Hunted as a Christian, arrested and imprisoned, and almost permanently on the edge of starvation, Thesiger nonetheless believed these to be the happiest years of his life. No Westener has written so movingly of the beauty of the Arabian sands, and of the noble companionship of the Bedu.


  • Folio Society Second Printing
  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 2009
  • Quarter Brown Cloth Hardback, 327 pp
  • Photographs by the author in black & white
  • Size 240 x 160mm, 1.2kg

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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Weight 1.2 kg


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