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Bent, Theodore, and Bent, Mrs Theodore [Mabel Virginia Anna Bent].
Southern Arabia.
Publisher: Smith, Elder, and Co., London;
Date of Publication: 1900
Stock Code: 9601
FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp. x, [2], 455, [1]. 24 plates as called for, plus frontispiece portrait of Theodore Bent with tissue guard; 6 maps in colour, of which 5 fold-out. Navy half-calf with gilt titles to tan label to spine, and gilt floral motifs and fillets to spine, with marbled paper-covered boards; all edges sprinkled red. Spine tips and corners rubbed; endpapers a little stained from binding, with 2 cm closed tear to fore-edge ffep. Scattered light foxing, mainly to textblock edge and endpapers; single plate stained to margin; no annotation or inscriptions. A Very Good copy.
James Theodore Bent (1852-1897) was an English explorer and archaeologist; following his marriage in 1877 to Mabel Hall-Dare, the couple made annual journeys together, with both keeping diaries and notebooks and Mabel taking photographs.“His wife (d. 1929) was herself an intrepid traveller who accompanied her husband on most of his explorations. After his death she published, as Mrs Theodore Bent, accounts of their Arabian journeys in the Geographical Journal (12, 1898, 41–63) and, with her husband as co-author, Southern Arabia in 1900. Her important and early photographs enliven both works.“ ODNB. Their destinations included the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Persia, South Africa and Arabia, and this volume describes their last journey together, as he died from malarial fever just days after their return. Mabel gives their detailed impressions of the regions and their people in a vivid first-hand account based upon the notebooks which they kept on their travels. The Natural History Museum holds collections of their shells and insects, some of which are named “Bentii” after the couple who discovered them.
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