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Persian Pictures – Gertrude Bell – First Edition 1928

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We have described this book as a First edition more strictly a First of Type. Persian Pictures had been published anonymously by Bentley, London in 1896. It seems impossible to find and this first printing published by Ernest Benn, London in 1928 is generally regarded as the first and a scarce volume.

Octavo, 198 pages, original green cloth covered boards. Gift inscription on end papers, otherwise a very good copy.

Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) an extraordinary woman. First Class in History Oxford, through connections she wanted to spend time in the Middle east and went to Tehran in the 1890’s. From then she spent a large part of her life in the Middle and Near east. Archaeologist, traveller, writer, political influencer … she worked with T.E. Lawrence for a time at the Arab Bureau in Cairo. She participated in the whole dividing up at the Paris Conference after WWI.

Ironically, she didn’t think much of her writing, the reason for the original anonymous publication. Historical reviewer and her adoring admirers thought quite differently. Before this edition her “Letters” had become monumentally popular, akin to those of Lawrence. Her death in 1926 must have triggered this open revisit.

Contains an interesting Preface by Sir Denison Ross which sets the scene very well.

Valuable sought-after Persian views by Gertrude Bell


Price: $80.00

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