Diary of a Journey through the Sinai Peninsula and Arabia in 1914. [Probably the author’s own copy with underlining, replacement-suggestions of paragraphs and annotations with penciled manuscript-corrections throughout the book and additions in red ink / Also two additional photographs of the journey mounted onto the front and rear pastedown].
London, Private, 1916, 14 cm x 21 cm. 78 pages. 16 sepia plates and external fold-out map. Original Hardcover. Cloth bound with gilt debossed lettering to cover. Deckled egdes. Good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Only slightly foxed. Map detached from binding.
Brockbank was born into a wealthy Mancunian Quaker steel family in 1870, and was educated at Cambridge. He made several trips to the Middle East in search of the “Holy Land” of the scriptures, on this occasion spending “exactly five weeks and a day under canvas in the Desert of the Exodus and Arabia, and during the time covered 400 miles on camel and 700 miles on horseback”, from Port Said to Jerusalem. Despite Brockbank’s evangelicalism – he founded a working-class chapel, Ivy Cottage, at Didsbury in 1893 which still thrives today – his diary-form narrative is more chattily descriptive than preachy, and is much enhanced by the plates from the author’s own photographs. An interesting and well-produced privately-published travel journal.