Edited with an introduction by E. van Donzel. The work contains a short biography of Princess Salme / Emily Ruete and of her son Rudolph Said Ruete, a new English translation of her Memoirs, and and English version of her other writings, unpublished so far: Letters Home, Sequels to the memoirs, and Syrian Customs and Usages.
Van Donzel was head of the Oosters Instiuut in Leiden. The founder of the Oosters instituut was the famous Arabist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. Snouck was a personal friend of Emily and they corresponded for many years. Also daughter Rosaly and son Rudolph corresponded with Snouck. The children of Emily left books, manuscripts, photos and paintings to the Oosters Instituut. Also the book and manuscript collection of sonRudolph, that related largely to Oman and Zanzibar, was left to the Oosters isntituut. The material in the Said Ruete was the most important source for the book by van Donzel.