Wilfred Thesiger – The Marsh Arabs (1964)


Thesiger’s account of living in the river marshlands of southern Iraq in the mid-1950s.

“From my recollections, helped by my diaries, I have tried to give a picture of the marshes and of the people who live there. Recent political upheavals in Iraq have closed this area to visitors. Soon the marshes will probably be drained; when this happens, a way of life that has lasted for thousands of years will disappear”.

Green cloth with original unclipped dust jacket. Small chip to top front cover, previous owner’s name on front endpaper.  Features 32 plates with 109 B&W photos in total showing people, landmarks, landscapes and animals from the region. Also includes three maps.

First edition, first impression, published by Longmans in 1964.