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You’ve heard of Lawrence of Arabia, but have you heard of Carl Raswan?

the arab and his horse
Raswan’s account of life among the Beduin.

One of the things I love about being in the business of antiquarian books is the varied and continuous education I receive as I research materials I acquire or consider acquiring.

Recently, I came across one Carl Raswan, an expert in Arabian horse pedigree and perhaps an under-appreciated advocate for tolerance and understanding between the western world and beduin culture.

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Crazy. That’s what falling over the edge of the world do.

El Libro de las Profecías by Colón.
El Libro de las Profecías by Colón.

Let’s say you set off from home, leaving everything you know and love behind, knowing you’re probably not coming back. You sell all of your stuff, find a home for dog, give away all of your books (insisting that they are just on loan, of course), kiss your family and – off you go…

… to sail over the edge of the world.

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