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First edition. Large octavo. Publisher’s original blue cloth, lettered gilt to spine. A near fine copy.


The first edition of the extraordinary Aubrey Herbert’s travels in the Near and Middle East.


This volume covers his early travels in the region, beginning in Turkey, moving to Yemen and the Persian Gulf, before covering Mesopotamia. The second half of the book focuses on Albania and the Balkans.


Herbert had an extraordinary, but short, career. He first travelled through the Middle East after leaving Balliol, before becoming professionally involved in the region as a soldier, an MP, a diplomat, and an intelligence officer. After the First World War he was largely responsible for the creation of the nation state of Albania, championing the rights of its people against other Balkan states.


He had endured problems with his sight since childhood, but in 1922 lost his sight completely. This turned his attention to writing the present volume, but he died before finishing its concluding chapter.


PROVENANCE: From the library of Algernon D. Boyle (1871-1949), a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Fourth Sea Lord, with his bookplate to front pastedown.

Ben Kendim

SKU: 144
  • Author

    Aubrey Herbert

  • Publisher

    London: Hutchinson & Co,

  • Date


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