Arabian Locust Hunter (G. F. Walford)

Arabian Locust Hunter (G. F. Walford) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Travel Middle East section. priced at just £4.00!

London: The Adventurers Club, 1964, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps;

From the cover: Since ancient times Desert Locusts have swarmed over millions of square miles of Africa and Asia, eating thousands of tons of food daily and leaving a trail of poverty and famine. It is only recently that modern transport and insecticides have made it possible to attack these pests with some hope of success.

Arabian Locust Hunter is one Englishmans graphic, personal account of his experiences as a participant in the battle. Frustrated by the limitations of life in an office in Nairobi, he broke his fetters and almost by accident obtained a post with Desert Locust Control. He was sent off to Saudi Arabia, issued with transport, rations, and assorted Arabs, and, without previous knowledge or experience, was told to find and kill locusts.

The method was to feed bait mixed with insecticide to the young hoppers, before they developed wings and escaped. The problems were to find the breeding grounds and then to get labour and supplies to them, and to keep the vehicles functioning.

Life was often difficult, but never dull. His first team comprised a bad-tempered Hadhramaut driver; an ex-gaolbird; a one-eyed, dirty Yemenite servant; and a repulsive armed guide. Their work took them to Waddi Sirhan in North Arabia, where the guide deserted; to the humid Red Sea coast; to the mountains of the Hijaz. Travelling thousands of miles, battling with transport breakdowns and officials, meeting Arab legionaries, emirs, chain-gang prisoners, and nomads, he had a wonderful opportunity of seeing much of present-day Arabia, as well as observing the remains of her ancient cultures.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 176 pages. 8½” x 5¾”.

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