New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1879. First American edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , 8-445,  (including a  pp of publisher's advertising, for Harper's Catalog) pp. Original navy cloth with gold lettering on the spine; front board is decorated by a Bedouin riding a camel while wielding a spear, all stamped in gilt. Illustrated by the author. Illustrations include a frontispiece, a fold-out colored map, a fold-out chart of the genealogy of Arabian horse breeds, and eleven wood-engraved plates. Illustrations detail the historical landmarks Blunt encountered on her travels (including scenes from Palmyra), and their interactions with the local peoples of the region. Edited, with a preface and some account of the Arabs and their horses by W.S.B. Oxford DNB, "Blunt [née King], Anne Isabella Noel, suo jure Baroness Wentworth". Lady Anne Blunt, the Baroness of Wentworth, was an accomplished linguist, musician, and horse-breeder. She was taught drawing by John Ruskin. The granddaughter of Lord Byron, Lady Anne Blunt was one of few women to travel into the heart of the Arabian Desert. A fascinating record of a Victorian woman's journey into the desert, and her quest to change the world of horse-breeding. Very Good. Item #00008688
A Very Good book with two contemporary owner's names, minor wear to the extremities, and a hairline crack to the rear hinge. Overall the cloth and pages are quite clean.