Freya Stark's Autobiography in four volumes
Traveller's Prelude, Beyond Euphrates 1928–1933, The Coast of Incense 1933–1939, and Dust in the Lion's Paw 1939–1946
1950—1961. First editions, first printings. Four volumes (complete). Hardbacks in dustwrapper. Each 23 × 15cm. 346pp, 341pp, 297pp, 287pp.
All four books have 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. Coast of Incence also has a note by Klyberg saying he visited Asolo and saw Freya Stark's home in 1992 where she still lived at the age of 98.
The autobiography of Dame Freya Madeline Stark (1893–1993), the Anglo-Italian explorer and travel writer. She wrote more than two dozen books on her travels in the Middle East and Afghanistan as well as several autobiographical works and essays. She was one of the first non-Arabs to travel through the southern Arabian Desert. Each book is illustrated with maps and photographs.
A good plus set, each book is in the first printing. All the dustwrappers are now in protective sleeves and have not been price-clipped. Vol 1: The dustwrapper is a bit tatty with small areas of loss to the spine and edges, light tanning to pages but binding secure. Vol 2: Light and occasional foxing, slight fading to the wrapper's spine otherwise very good. Vol 3: A small amount of loss to the wrapper at the spine ends, some light spotted foxing and tanning but again a very good copy. Vol 4: A very good dustwrapper, some spotted foxing to page edges and light foxing to text but remaining a very good copy.