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Lady Anne Blunt Journals and Correspondence Edited by Rosemary Archer and James Fleming

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Edited by Rosemary Archer and James Fleming

Lady Anne Blunt began her journals at the age of 10 and filled 213 diaries at the time of her death in 1917 at the age of 80. This book is the result of tireless research and reading of her journals by Rosemary Archer and James Fleming and others and provides a fascinating account of her family and friends, her travels in Arabia, Persia, India, Russia, circumstances of her wretched marriage, her only child, Lady Wentworth, the studs at Crabbet and Sheykh Obeyd, horses she saw and her comments on them.

The life of Lady Anne Blunt was amazing, she and husband ,Wilfrid, made 2 extensive trips into the desert to procure pure Arabian Horses for their Newbuilding Stud in England. This was a perilous journey-full of difficulties, illness and hardships. During these trips Lady Anne kept her journal and even drew and painted her watercolors. Her life with Wilfrid was not an easy one and she finally chose to remain at her Sheykh Obeyd in Egypt until her passing. What is not as well known as the fact that she had left directions in her Will that stipulated that her journals could not be published until a stated number of year after her death.

The last part of this book is the Correspondence between other Arabian horse breeders- which includes: The Noble Horse of Sanguscko-famed Polish Stud with notes and comments on Arabs sold by Blunts to Sangusko; Miss Etheldred Dillon with some intresting comments on El Emir; Huntington and Ramsdell-comments on 'misguided' attempts to promote Miss Dillion's horses; Spencer Borden-comments and letter about the purchase of Arabs from Lady Anne to import to USA; Homer Davenport-his correspondence with Lady Anne.

Last comes--Notes; Bibliography; Glossary of Arabic Words; Appendices-Origin of the Strain of Dahman Jejib; Lady Anne Blunt's review of the Thoroughbred Horse; the Line of Succession from Mohamemed Ali, Viceroy of Egypt. General Index, Index of Horses

This is a hard bound book, published by Alexander Herriot, London, England, 1986 and is a 1st. Edition. Book is illustrated with full page and one double page color plate showing the watercolors done by Lady Anne Blunt. Book is New with dust jacket over 525 pages and includes a fold out map of the Blunts Arabian travels.