Riding to the Tigris

Freya Stark's horseback trek in Turkey, signed by H A N Barlow, who filmed her in India in 1945


Freya Stark


John Murray, London, 1959
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Printing Details

First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 23.5 × 15.5cm, 114pp.

This copy has two previous owner's signatures. The first is Henry Arthur Northey Barlow (as H.A.N. Barlow), a Colonial Administrator who filmed Freya Stark when she visited Indore Residency (Madhya Pradesh) for a short film entitled "India—A Residency" (see the BFI library). He later became part of the Secretariat in Lusaka in Zambia. The second is C J Klyberg. He became the Bishop of Fulham but was the Dean of Lusaka before ordination to the episcopate.

This is the author's story of a horseback trek across the high Turkish plateau and on to the Tigris River. She travelled alone (except for muleteers, provided by the Turkish government). Her travels also included chance companions, a young schoolmaster and his violin, a jester with his mad son, and an occasional police escort. Illustrated with the author's photos.


The book is in good plus condition, with light and occasional foxing to the pages. The dustwrapper is dusty to the top edge but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.



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