"Travels in Arabia Deserta" is considered to be one of the finest books ever written on Arabia, admired for the beauty of its prose and valued as being one of the most important 19th century portraits of Arabia and its people. Embarking on an adventure that had not been attempted by even the most intrepid explorers of the day, Charles Doughty travelled for nearly two years through the desert interior of the great Arabian Peninsula.Openly proclaiming himself a Christian and an Englishman, Doughty wandered through the desert, living with and as a bedouin, experiencing and recording a way of life that has now disappeared forever. His account - published here in paperback for the first time is a truly indispensable classic of travel literature on the Middle East. First published in two volumes in 1888, this authorised single-volume abridgement by Edward Garnett, the noted Bloomsbury author, was re-discovered by TE Lawrence in the 1920s and with his enthusiastic support became recognised as the milestone of travel literature that it truly is.
Charles Doughty (1843-1926) was a poet, writer and one of the greatest of all Western travellers in Arabia. He was the author of several acclaimed books, most famously 'Travels in Arabia Deserta'. In 1912 he was awarded the Founder's Gold Medal by the Royal Geographical Society.