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Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates - Lady Anne Blunt, Wilfred Scawen Blunt

1879 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘Fortunately we are too old travellers to be easily impressed by tales of lions and robbers, even supported, as they were in this instance, by the authority of special correspondents of The Times.’

A beautifully bound two volume set of Lady Blunt’s intrepid excursion to the Euphrates, Nejd and the Nafud desert. Based primarily on her journals and letters, and edited by her husband, this is a testament to the beauty and culture found in the heart of Central Arabia, accompanied with thirteen illustrations which include maps, equestrian diagrams, traditional Beduin ballads, and the author’s own sketches.

‘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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A Summer Amongst the Bocages and the Vines - Louisa Stuart Costello

1840 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
‘Normandy is allowed to be one of the most beautiful and moist cultivated parts of France; a fact which no one can feel any inclination to dispute, who, leaving the clean and lively port of Southampton, takes his passage in summer weather to Havre, and lands at that bustling town, amidst the screaming of innumerable parrots and the noise and clamour of French commissionaires.

Costello’s charming narrative of her ‘continental summer tour’ in France, featuring four full-page lithographs, including frontispieces, and numerous in text wood engravings. Beginning in Havre, Costello’s journey takes her through Normandy, Brittany, Nantes, the Loire, Paris and Rouen.

‘Well informed, easy to read, and cheerfully inviting, her books did the early days of tourism a great service by recommending simple itineraries with plenty of historical and topographical interest. It wasn’t long before Mr. Cook’s clients were bustling all over France and beyond, armed with Miss Costello’s good advice’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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These Were The Hours - Nancy Cunard, Hugh Ford

1969 - Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville - First Edition
A fine, bright copy of celebrated muse, poet, and activist Nancy Cunard’s memoir of her years as founder and publisher of The Hours Press.

Heir to a shipping fortune, Cunard played tennis with Hemingway, and received house calls from James Joyce; Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Ezra Pound, and Louis Aragon were among her lovers; and William Carlos Williams kept a photograph of her in his study. Here, Cunard – a true patron to the avant-garde Paris community – reminisces about her short-lived but hugely influential publishing house, with chapters on her collaborations with George Moore, Norman Douglas, Richard Aldington, Robert Graves, Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, and Havelock Ellis, among others.

Edited and with a foreword by Hugh Ford, and featuring eleven full page illustrations.
 
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My Journey to Lhasa - Alexandra David-Neel

1927 - Harper & Brothers, New York and London - First Edition published simultaneously with the London Edition
A bright first edition in the scarce dust jacket, by the explorer, shamaness, and full-blown eccentric, Alexandra David-Neel, one of the most extraordinary pioneers of her generation. Illustrated throughout with photographs.

Mrs. David-Neel went to Lhasa simply because she was not allowed to, and because it was her spiritual home... this was the Frenchwoman’s justification for stealing through the winter plains and mountains of Tibet towards the sacred capital Lhasa in 1923.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Her expedition to the sacred city forced her over the mountains and through the harshest winter storms the Tibetan climate had to offer, before eventually managing to enter the city disguised as a male beggar. Accompanied throughout by her trusted sidekick, and eventually adopted son, Yongden, David-Neel covers every topic from spiritualism, geography, politics, to ‘how-to-guides’ on tasks such as temperature manipulation and levitation. An inspiration to many, and one of the most fascinating female travel writers of all time, David-Neel’s work is a testament to the power of determination and endurance.
 
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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
 
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In the Land of Misfortune - Lady Florence Dixie

1882 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
Illustrated with sixteen plates engraved from sketches by Major Fraser and Captain C. F. C. Beresford.

Born Lady Florence Douglas, sister to the 9th Marquess of Queensbury who endorsed the eponymous rules of boxing, Lady Dixie (1855-1905) packed in a varied career. In this book she recounts her adventures in Africa as the first official woman war correspondent, covering the aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu War and the First Boer War for the
Morning Post.

Prior to this she travelled to Patagonia and corrected Charles Darwin's contention in his Journal of Researches that the Tuco-tuco was nocturnal after observing it active during the daytime. Back in Britain she was a keen proponent of women's suffrage and women's association football, her crusades became increasingly bizarre with age (including a campaign for total parity of dress for men and women), so that
The Times in its obituary rather sadly concluding that Lady Florence Dixie would be best remembered as a ‘somewhat peculiar woman’. 
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The Fun Of It - Amelia Earhart

1932 - Brewer, New York - First Edition
‘Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.’

A lovely copy of Earhart’s biography, accompanied with an audio recording of highlights from her first solo Transatlantic flight in May 1932. Profusely illustrated with photographs chronicling Earhart’s childhood to her later career, the book delves into Miss Amelia’s motivations, and the challenges she faced prior to her success, as she struggled to prove herself within highly male dominated arena.

The work also delves into the fascinating and complex history of aviation, with Earhart examining the careers of titans such as the Wright Brothers, Eleanor Smith, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Harriet Quinby, and Ruth Nichols.
 
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The Trouble I’ve Seen - Martha Gellhorn, H. G. Wells (preface)

1936 - Putnam, London - First Edition
‘The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.’

An attractive copy of Martha Gellhorn’s first work of fiction, with a preface by H. G. Wells. This brilliant collection reveals four tender, yet unflinching, portraits of men and women whose lives are devastated through poverty, forced migration, and war. Enraged by the inequality and ruin she witnessed throughout her career as a foreign correspondent, Gellhorn fought to bring these issues into the spotlight, and her work in both fiction and journalism was met with critical acclaim. Although it has been over eighty years since ‘
The Trouble I’ve Seen’ was first published, the messages and themes within it remain as prevalent today as they were in the 1930’s.  
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