London & New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1928. First edition Ex-library. Hardcover. Quarto. xv, 302 (2), 3 maps/plans, vii, 287 (1)pp., 5 maps/plans. Original green cloth with gilt lettering on covers and spines, Arabian on covers. Gilt top edges. Frontispiece with printed tissue guards in both volumes.
Eldon Rutter was one of the first Britons to visit Mecca and Medina, inspired by Burckhardt and Burton. After serving in the First World War Rutter found a post in Malaya where he learned Arabic and formerly converted to Islam. Rutter moved to Egypt “where he lived as a native until he felt so thoroughly at home in the language and well versed in the rites and traditions of Islam as to be confident of his ability to carry through the pilgrimage as a fully fledged” Muslim (Sir Percy Cox, Geographical Journal review). Considered one of the best accounts of Western travelers to the holy cities of Islam, Rutter's journey coincided with the Saudi conquest of Mecca by Ibn Saud and his allies in 1925.
Binding with light wear along edges, bumps at corners, minor chips. Usual library markings, barcode on front covers, stickers at tail of spine, library bookplates on inside front covers, pocket and index card on inside back covers, library stamps. Edges with light foxing. Very good condition. Item #47262