Boston: The Living Age Company, 1914. First US edition. Softcover. The description of the ancient Syrian Post-Road appears complete over two issues of The Living Age magazine, Volume LXII, Nos. 3631 and 3632 (February 7 and 21, 1914).
This is the first US appearance of the work; it was published two months previously in Blackwood's Magazine for November and December, 1913.
These issues have been removed from a larger volume and lack their original wrappers; their spines have been professionally strengthened. Each issue bears the blindstamp of a public library on the first (Contents) page, else they are in very good condition. Protected in a custom marbled paper chemise, printed spine label.
Lady Bell's supposed travelogues are much more than that. She not only showed a keen sense of ancient Near Eastern architecture, but engaged the local people and their rulers wherever she went with her expert command of Arabic, both the language and the culture. And she wrote it all down. As a result she was in a perfect position to render valuable intelligence both before, during and after W.W.I to the British Arab Bureau. Very good. Item #19592