THE LOST OASES Being a narrative account of the author's explorations into the more remote parts of the Libyan Desert and his rediscovery of two lost oases,
by Hassanein Bey, Ahmed Mohammed
New York: Century Co. Very Good-. 1925. First American Edition. Hardcover. 363 pages; Former owner's name on ffep. otherwise clean and tight in original gray-lavendar cloth binding with image of an Arab on horseback with an oasis in the background. Binding is faded at spine with chipping at head of spine. Illustrated with many, many b&w photographs (including the frontispiece) and a full page map. Ahmed Hassanein was one of the most influential figures in Egyptian politics as the Chief of the Diwan and Chamberlain to Farouk, the king of Egypt from 1936 to 1952. Ahmed Hassanein (then only Effendi in title) crossed a region defended by the fierce and puritanical Senussis. Hassanein's first journey was to the Kufra, the Senussi's oasis capital. The journey nearly came to grief owing to the inability of his companion, Rosita Forbes, to read a compass correctly. Forbes claims in her book The Secret of the Sahara: Kufara (1921) that she had been the inspiration and leader of the exhibition, though this claim has been challenged.In December 1922, Hassanein began a new scientific expedition from Sallum. He recorded bearings and measures of distances, took photos, samples, wrote his journal, and interacted with his men to learn more about their traditions and places and natural phenomena. His success was ensured when he saw Kufra his destination in the horizon to correct its position for the first time on maps. The climax of his expedition was the discovery of unknown water sources that opened new Sahara routes from Kufra to Sudanic Africa. The water sources or 'The Lost Oases' are Jebel Uweinat and Jebel Arkenu: the former was not even known to the Senussis he visited in Kufra. The latter was known since 1892 through Arab sources. He is still remembered today for the significant rock art he photographed on this journey.In September 1924, his famous report was published in the National Geographic Magazine with 47 photos and a map. His book 'The Lost Oasis' has followed a year later in English and subsequently in Arabic and German. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. . (Inventory #: 39182)
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