Royal Geographical Journal – Vol CXIII – 1949 – Thesiger/Philby


The June 1949 edition of the Royal Geographical Journal, published in London by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). Contains two important works on the Arabian Peninsula:

A Further Journey Across the Empty Quarter by Wilfred Thesiger

Thesiger recounts his extraordinary travels through the western and northern Rub’a al Khali, or Empty Quarter. This is the first printed account of his journey, and predates Arabian Sands (1959) by ten years.

27 pages plus B&W photo plates and a stunning fold-out colour map of the Empty Quarter.

Two Notes from Central Arabia – Harry St John Bridger Philby

An eight-page account of Philby’s travels in the Jebel Tuwaiq region of Arabia, accompanied by a fold-out map. Describes the pools of Aflaj and the Qariya ruins, from his excursion in travels in 1918 and in 1948.

The journal is an original copy with blue wrappers, containing all ads, and rarely found in such good condition. Minor wear to top and bottom extremities of spine.

A superb addition to a serious library on Arabian travel and exploration.