Freya Stark's first extensive travels through the Middle East, described in the second part of her autobiography

Stark, Freya. Beyond Euphrates. Autobiography 1928-1933.

London, John Murray, 1951.

8vo. XIII, (3), 341, (1 blank) pp. With a double-page map on green paper, 40 double-sided plates, a green ornament on the title-page and some decorations in the text. Green cloth with gold lettering on front cover and spine. With dust jacket designed by F. Quilter.


First edition of the second part of Freya Stark's autobiography, detailing her first extensive travels through the Middle East. Stark (1893-1993) was one of the first European travellers in certain parts of the Middle East, for example Southern Arabia. Apart from a four-volume autobiography, she has 21 other works to her name. Her autobiography and other works are illustrated with images of her own photographs she took of family and of the landscape and peoples during her travels. Her writing style was unusual for her time, since she wrote multifaceted works in a highly personal style, not only about her own life and travels but also about the geography, history, politics, and anthropology of the places she visited. In the present work Stark describes her experiences during the years 1928-1933.

Dust jacket is very slightly damaged with a small tear at the foot of the spine, restored with tape, edges are untrimmed, very slight browning throughout. Overall in very good condition.


Bergé, Vente Collection Lazard L'Orient et la Terre Sainte (2008), 404. Blackmer 1470. Howgego IV, S 61. Shapero, The Islamic World (2003), 457. Cf. Canton, From Cairo to Baghdad British travellers in Arabia, pp. 118-121; cf. article "Freya Stark" in Encyclopaedia Britannica.