Philby, Harry St John Bridger. The Queen of Sheba.

London, Melbourne and New York, Quartet Books, 1981.

4to. 141 pp., final blank page. With 8 coloured plates and numerous photographs (some in colour) in the text. Contemporary full cloth with giltstamped spine-title and illustrated dust jacket.


First edition. Lavishly illustrated posthumous edition of an unpublished manuscript "by the great Arabian traveller, scholar and writer, H. St John Philby [...] charting his explorations into the bewildering thickets of the story [of the Queen of Sheba]" (publisher's blurb). With an introduction by the British military officer, Arabist, explorer, historian and diplomat Gerald de Gaury (1897-1984).

Dutch newspaper clipping about the analysis of an Ethiopian DNA sample supposedly going back to the legendary Queen of Sheba is loosely inserted.

In mint condition.

OCLC 640352386.