Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates. Edited, with a Preface and Some Account of the Arabs and Their Horses by W. S. B. - 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.
  Lady Anne Blunt (1837-1917) The daughter of William King and Ada Lovelace, Lady Blunt went on to live an extraordinary life. The diaries and notes that Anne wrote reveal their travels across the deserts contain well-written critique and characterisation. Her notes were used in her daughter Judith’s diary, ‘The Authentic Arabian Horse’, in 1945. The equestrian Lady certainly had a good eye for confirmation and has proven to be an avid breeder during their pilgrimage across the Middle East. In 1882, they opened a second stable, the Shaykh ‘Ubayd, in 1882 just outside Cairo. By now, she was fluent in Arabic and the culture had a profound impact on her. She happily accepted the foreign customs and would often dress in middle eastern clothing, much to her husband’s disagreement.’

References:
The Vintage News [web]. Robinson, Wayward Women 6.

Octavo volumes (20.5 x 14 cm). pp. [2] xvii [3] 346; [2] vii [3] 283 [1] [33 pages of publisher’s ads dated May, 1878, but incorrectly bound in, starting with pages 17-32, followed by 1-16]. Folding colour map to last page of volume I.
  Bound in later red morocco over original scarlet cloth boards, black morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, front panels with gilt vignette and black decorations, decorated in blind to rear panels.   Condition: Near fine, some wear to corners, light foxing to first and last few pages.   Ref: 108766   Price: HK$ 7,500