New paperback book copy of The Desert and the Sown: Travels in Palestine and Syria by Gertrude Bell. Dover (2008) unabridged republication of he edition originally published by William Heinemann, London, 1907. 368 pages. 5-3/8 x 8-1/2 inches, 22 cm. Current list price 12.95. A magnificent account of personal discovery and political history, this intriguing narrative traces Gertrude Bell's 1905 sojourn through Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine. With an eye for vivid detail, the female Lawrence of Arabia offers intriguing images from her often dangerous wild travel through regions never seen by another foreign woman. 160 extraordinary photos illustrate camel caravans; ruins of castles and monasteries; local markets and bazaars; Damascus with its gardens, domes, and minarets; and more. But it is Bell's impressions and conversations with contacts and confidantes of varied cultures that will hold you captive. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!
Current events in the Middle East have revived interest in the extraordinary life and accomplishments of Gertrude Bell, "the female Lawrence of Arabia." A skilled archeologist, historian, and linguist, Bell wrote captivating, perceptive accounts of her Eastern travels. This intriguing narrative -- accompanied by 160 photos -- traces her 1905 sojourn in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.