By Sir Wilfred Thesiger
Sir Wilfred Thesiger is considered to be the last of the
great explorers; he is also one of the finest living travel writers. His memorable
adventures with travelling companions bin Kabina and bin Ghabaisha have provided
inspiration to readers who can only imagine his remarkable exploits. An outstanding
photographer, Thesiger is unique amongst travel writers of the past having had
the opportunity to take photographs which do more than complement his formidable
achievements. Those familiar with Arabian Sands will see for the first time,
in this book, Thesigers classic prose lavishly illustrated by many of
his finest photographs.
Wilfred Thesiger spent his early childhood in Abyssinia, a country utterly remote
from the modern world. As a schoolboy in England, Thesiger had resented cars
and aeroplanes, realising that they would diminish the world and rob it of its
While he was serving in the Sudan, Thesiger spent his
three months leave in 1938 travelling with camels and two Zaghawa tribesmen
across the Sahara to the Tibesti Mountains. This journey was the prelude to
his later journeys in Arabia described in Crossing the Sands.
Thesiger has always regarded his five years with the Bedu
in Arabia as the most important and rewarding years of his life.
This edition contains the same colour map which appeared in the first edition
of Arabian Sands in 1959.
ISBN# : 1 86063 028 6
184 pages, hardback