INNES**, HAMMOND:: The Doomed Oasis - A Novel of Arabia

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INNES**, HAMMOND: : The Doomed Oasis - A Novel of Arabia



UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.VG+/VG.No owner inscptn, and no price-clip to dw/dj.Bright,clean,colour pictorial artwork illustrated front+spine of dw/dj with capitalised,white-lettered author name and pale orange-lettered title; slightly darkened spine/backstrip with similarly coloured+lettered author+title as front panel and publisher's capitalised,black-lettered name to foot of same,rear panel with author's b/w portrait photograph.Negligible shelf-wear, bumping,creasing to edges and corners - no major tears or splits present.Head+foot of spine/ backstrip with minimal bumping and reciproacl creases,and miniscule chipping.Top+fore-edges lightly aged and with very minimal blemishes but reasonably clean; contents bright,tight,clean,solid and sound - virtually pristine - no dog-ear reading creases to any pages' corner tips to any pages'corners,appears unread other than my own collation.Publisher's bright,crisp,clean,sharp-cornered,original plain black cloth boards with bright,crisp,blocked gilt-lettered spine/backstrip and immaculate plain white endpapers.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,13 -320pp [paginated] includes Pts I-III,6 numbered chapters in Pt II; plus [unpaginated] half-title +title pages,a dedication,an epigram (Walter de la Mare),aContents list/table,and individual Pts separator pages. A novel of Arabia by British writer Hammond Innes.It is the story of two men and their fight to save an oasis from the encroaching sands of the Empty Quarter.Colonel Whitaker is a legendary desert figure obsessed by oil; his natural son David is a tough from Cardiff docks who is wnted by the police and who escapes to Arabia to become a geologist.The great desert of the Empty Quarter and the tragic friction thta develops between father and son dominate the book. The story is told by a Cardiff lawyer whose duties as executor take him - and the reader - to the Persian Gulf,into a world of sand and heat and desert politics where oil fans the flames of Bedouin feuds and watch-towers stand lone sentinels against armed raiders.Here hyenas pick the bones of men and camels dead in battle and the shifting sands cover everything as the wretched inhabitants flee a waterless osasis. Hammond's story climax,with its account of the drawn-out agony of a young man trading his life for the sake of a gesture,for the only thing he'd ever believed in,is one of the best things he has ever written. Please contact seller,becaunse of the weight/ value of this item,for correct,insured shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page! N.B. ALL buyers please note,that stocks' actual shipping/P+p costs are adjusted and any difference is refunded,after order's receipt and before the order's despatch,especially if the item(s) are offered either P+p included/FREE. ** N.B. US/Canada customers please be aware: Standard AIRMAIL postage from UK to these destinations can now cost more than the price of any inexpensive book! If speed is not of the essence,then Economy rate is recommended - at approx. anything from a 1/3rd to 1/2 of the standard US AIR quote/rate - sometimes arriving sooner than the 42 days - but not always. **

UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.

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