The Earlier Letters Of Gertrude Bell.

BELL, GERTRUDE. RICHMOND, ELSA, EDITED BY.

£20.00

Publisher

Ernest Benn, 154 Fleet Street.

Place

London

Date

1937

Synopsis

Collected and edited by elsa richmond.

Item Description

Large 8vo. 9.5 x 6.5 inches. ix + [i] + 347 pp. Bound in original green cloth, gilt. Extremities worn at edges, rear flyleaves a little stained and occasional foxing in text; otherwise a very good copy. Boots Library label on front board and copy purchase reservation slip tipped in at end. Illustrated by 8 pages of photographic plates, including frontispiece. Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was a remarkable woman in many fields. Probably most remembered now for her books she was also a formidable letter writer, as shown here, a scholar, poet, historian, archaeologist, mountaineer, traveller and explorer, gardener, naturalist, and distinguished servant of the State, serving as political officer and Oriental Secretary in Mesopotamia. It was Gertrude Bell, who with T. E. Lawrence and Sir Percy Cox played a key role in the creation of what was to become the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq. She became the most famous contemporary English figure in the Middle East until deposed by the legend of Lawrence of Arabia. Her earlier letters cover her childhood, University education and visits to Bucharest and Persia until 1892 and were collected and published by Elsa Richmond to supplement the two volumes of Letters published in 1927.

[Stock No. 27575]

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