Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000. Illustrated with photographs taken by Gertrude Bell. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 4to. xv,(1),258pp. Blue cloth, gilt spine titles, deep red endpapers. Illustrated with photographs as well as a full page map of Bell's journey through the Syrian Desert: Damascus, Ziza, Druze tribes, Howaitat tribes, Hayyil (where she was prevented from leaving for a while), Najaf, Baghdad.
At last the 1913-1914 diaries have been published, remarkably edited by Rosemary O'Brien, who is somewhat of a Bell devotee. This particular journey of Gertrude Bell by itself earned her professional recognition from the Royal Geographical Society,. More, it solidified her reputation as a canny political analyst of Arabia just at the beginning of the War. And, finally, here, for the first time, are excerpts from the love letters between Bell and Charles H. M. Doughty-Wylie, the married British officer for whom she kept her diary.
This copy inscribed on the title page by O'Brien to her "dear friends, The Harfords" Fine / Fine. Item #19734