A Pilgrimage to Nejd - Lady Anne Blunt

1881 - John Murray, London - First Edition
First edition of the second of Lady Blunt’s two classic travel accounts, in publisher’s original gilt pictorial cloth, and describing the journey that she and her husband, the poet Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, made in the winter of 1878–7, across the Nejd from Beirut, south into the Great Nefud, north to Baghdad and east to the Persian Gulf. Lady Anne was the first European woman to reach the Nejd and, together with her husband, they were the first Europeans to enter the Jebel Shammar in the Nejd. At Hail they met the Emir who received them courteously, having recently knifed his nephew and cut off the feet of his cousins, leaving them to bleed to death.

With over 30 black and white illustrations including fifteen wood-engraved plates, and large folding colour map.

‘To find out how the Bedouin lived, Lady Anne lived like one herself: she became a temporary nomad, riding the two thousand miles from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf for the most part in Arab dress, and without guides or the usual caravan. This was quite an innovation, and prompted Blunt to dub his wife ‘the first bona-fide tourist who has taken the Euphrates road'. - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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Travels in West Africa - Congo Fran - Mary Henrietta Kingsley

1897 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition
A near fine first edition, illustrated throughout, including 16 halftone plates, 2 lithographic plates, and numerous in-text photographs.

‘From fighting with crocodiles, to being caught in a tornado on the slopes of Mount Cameroon, all while wearing her habitual trailing skirts, high collars, and fur cap, the solo adventures of Victorian traveller Mary Kingsley (1862-1900), as narrated in her best selling book,
Travels in West Africa are nothing short of incredible.’

I have seen many wild animals in their native wilds, but never have I seen anything to equal gorillas going through the bush; it is a graceful, powerful, superbly perfect hand-trapeze performance. 
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Golf - Cecil Leitch

1922 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & - First American Edition issued same year as the First English Edition.
The golfing life and experiences of this very great English lady golfer’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch (nicknamed Cecil) was
the first superstar of women’s golf. In 1914 she won the first of her four British Ladies Amateurs, taking the title from Muriel Dodd. Her opportunity to possibly win several more was interrupted for five years during the First World War. She retired having won 12 national titles, five French Ladies Amateurs and one Canadian Women's Amateur.

With fifty illustrations, including photographic plate laid onto front covers, and full page black and white photographs.
 
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Listen! The Wind - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1939 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A lovely copy – in its striking original dust jacket – of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s beautifully written account of her and her husband’s 1933 flight in their single-engine Lockheed ‘Sirius’ from Africa to South America, as they survey 30,000 miles of coastal aviation routes across the Atlantic Ocean.

With a foreword, and map drawings by Charles Lindbergh.

Listen! The Wind was awarded the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1938.

The title comes from a line in British poet Humbert Wolfe’s poem ‘Autumn Resignation’ –
‘Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.’

When Anne Morrow married courageous, solo adventurer and aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1929, her life was destined never to be the same. Her flying education began soon after her wedding, and in 1930, thanks to the expert guidance of her husband, and her own ingenuity, Anne became the first woman to earn an American glider pilot’s license. Along with her skills as an aeronaut, she also became an accomplished navigator and radio operator.

In 1934, Anne became the first woman to be awarded the National Geographical Society’s Hubbard Gold Medal, presented with this accolade as recognition for her exploration, research, and discovery. Anne continued to fly as Charles’ co-pilot, travelling with him across Africa and South America, as well as on polar air routes from North America to Asia, and Europe. She was also his navigator on a trip across the US, flying from California to New York in just under 15 hours. At the time of the flight, Anne was seven months pregnant.

Along with her remarkable aerial adventures, Anne also went on to be a best-selling author, writing several travel memoirs and articles, as well as
‘Gift from the Sea’, a seminal work of inspirational, feminist literature.

References: Pace, ‘Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Champion of Flight and Women’s Concerns’
The New York Times 2001. Lindbergh Foundation, web. Gherman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Between the Sea and the Stars 2008. 
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Narrative of a Journey from Calcutta by Way of Egypt - Mrs. Charles Lushington

1829 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘‘Every evening in the desert, the Lushingtons and their party, which included Lord Elphinstone, late Governor of Bombay, would settle down to a light supper of ‘roast turkey, ham, fowls, mutton in various shapes, curry, rice and potatoes, damson tart and a pudding; madeira, claret, sherry, port and... beer; ... almonds and raisins, watermelons, pumplenose (grapefruit)... and a plum cake’. There were thrilling ‘mummy-openings’ to attend in Thebes, balls in Cairo, and soirées in Naples and Paris. In fact the experience, said Mrs Lushington, was decidedly not to be missed.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Judging from the frontispiece illustration, it seems the camels may have also benefited from the leftovers of the Lushington’s ‘light suppers’.

A handsomely bound copy of Sarah Lushington’s entertaining and informative account of her journey from Calcutta to Europe, with notes on route, itinerary, and the necessities of travel for ladies intending to brave the ‘Overland Route’ from India to England.

With chapters detailing many of Mrs Lushington’s experiences in Bombay, Luxor, Cairo, the Nile, Syracuse, Naples, and Rome, among others, and featuring an engraved frontispiece of ‘The Tukhte Rowan in the Desert’.
 
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Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is Not - Florence Nightingale

Circa 1860-64 - Harrison, London - Early Edition
‘Every woman, or at least almost every woman, in England has, at one time or another in her life, charge of the personal health of somebody, whether child or invalid, – in other words, every woman is a nurse.’

One of the earliest editions of Florence Nightingale’s seminal work on nursing – the first of its kind ever to be published – which sets out her principles of care for the sick and injured, with advice and practices under chapters entitled ‘Observations of the Sick’, ‘Personal Cleanliness’, ‘Bed and Bedding’, ‘Cleanliness of Rooms’, ‘Taking Food’, ‘Ventilation and Warming’, and ‘Health in Houses’.

‘The book was the first of its kind ever to be written. It appeared at a time when the simple rules of health were only beginning to be known, when its topics were of vital importance not only for the well-being and recovery of patients, when hospitals were riddled with infection, when nurses were still mainly regarded as ignorant, uneducated persons. The book has, inevitably, its place in the history of nursing, for it was written by the founder of modern nursing’ – Joan Quixley, head of the
Nightingale School of Nursing, 1974. 
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Traveller s Prelude, Beyond Euphrates, The Coast of Incense, Dust in the Lion's Paw - Freya Stark

1950 - John Murray, London - First Editions
A complete and finely bound four volume first edition set of the autobiographies by the ‘Grande Old Lady’ of travellers, the intrepid and pioneering Freya Stark (1893-1993).

Dame Freya Stark’s “figure has become the image for an archetypal British eccentric abroad – comfortable and regal, colourfully draped, and invariably topped with an elaborate titfer, perhaps astride a camel (’always so obliging’) or bobbing up-river on an inflated goatskin waving serenely to passers-by – but there is a far more serious side to her career. In all her journeys she has been able to distil and communicate a rich philosophy of travel and to illustrate the art of travelling in time as well as place. She carries the past with her, whether discovering long-buried fortresses in the Valley of the Assassins in Luristan, or tracing the footsteps of the ancient incense traders of Arabia, always teaching and learning at the same time. She is, quite simply, a classic.” - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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Among the Kara-Korum Glaciers in 1925 - Jenny Visser-Hooft, PH. C. Visser

1926 - Edward Arnold &, London - First Edition
The second Dutch expedition to the Karakoram, by Jenny Visser-Hooft (1888-1939) a respected Dutch explorer and mountaineer, variously Honorary Member of the Royal Netherlands Geographical Society and the Ducth Alpine Club, and Vice-President of the Ladies’ Alpine Club in London. Together with her husband Dr. Philip Visser (1882-1955), a distinguished Dutch diplomat and mountain explorer who unravelled many Karakoram glacier puzzles.

After the war the Visser-Hoofts moved to Stockholm, and a grand total of four expeditions to the Karakoram Glaciers soon followed, during which time the couple became first-hand experts on ‘one of the most difficult fields of exploration on earth’; that great, inaccessible watershed between the Hindu Kush and the Hunza Valley. Jenny took charge of botany and general planning, relishing the long marches through hazardous scrac and rotten ice or along blady, unknown mountain ridges, and by the 1930’s the Visser-Hoofts and that other climbing partnership the Workmans had effectively filled in most of the blank spaces on the Karakoram map’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women.

First edition, illustrated with 25 full page photographic plates one single page map an done folding map to the rear.
 
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