The Thesiger Collection

The Thesiger Collection
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This collection includes two of Sir Wilfred Thesiger's many literary and photographic works, Arabian Sands and Crossing the Sands.

The books describe the journeys Thesiger made from 1945 to 1950 in and around the Empty Quarter, the half-million square miles of one of the cruellest deserts in the world. Before him, no other traveller, apart from the Bedu who lived there, had dared to cross those empty wastes more than once. Thesiger's experience and knowledge of the Arabian Sands, its people, its tribal warfare and ancient history, its daily life and landscape, are unique and will remain so, for the world he describes has since altered beyond recognition. Crossing the Sands delivers Thesiger's written and visual record of this strenous exploration in a stunning coffee-table book.

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About the Author

Sir Wilfred Thesiger was born in 1910 at the British Legation in Addis Ababa, and spent his early years in Abyssinia. He was educated at Eton and Oxford. In the Second World War, serving under Orde Wingate in Abyssinia, he was awarded a DSO. He later served with the SOE in Syria and the SAS in the Western Desert. Thesiger's journeys won him the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Lawrence of Arabia Medal of the Royal Central Asian Society and the Burton Memorial Medal of the Royal Asiatic Society. His writing won him the Heinemann Award, Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature, and an Honorary D.Litt from the University of Bath. In 1968 Thesiger was made CBE. He is an Honorary Fellow of both the British Academy and Magdalen College, Oxford, and was honoured with a KBE in 1995. For more than twenty years until 1994, he lived mostly with the pastoral Samburu at Maralal in northern Kenya. He died in Surrey, England, in August 2003.

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Author NameSir Wilfred Thesiger
Height310 mm and 235 mm
Width240 mm and 155 mm
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