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The Silver Crescent - Somerset DE CHAIR - 1943. 
London: The Golden Cockerel Press 1943 - Description: London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1943. Single volume quarto. Full blue morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, titles gilt to spines, gilt edge-roll, single fillet gilt to the turn-ins, top edges gilt, the others uncut. In the white linen slipcase as issued. Spine sunned, board edges chipped and worn to the board in places, but overall very good. Photogravure portrait frontispiece and numerous similar illustrations to the text, the majority full-page, maps to the endpapers. First edition, signed edition limited of 300 copies of which just 30 were in the full binding as here, copy 9 of 30. Silver Crescent is signed at the rear of the volume. Somerset de Chair was Intelligence Officer with "Kingcol", a Flying Column of less than 1,500 men under the Command of Brigadier General Kingstone. This tiny force was sent from Palestine to Baghdad to deal with the effects of the "Golden Square" coup amongst pro-Nazi Iraqi Military Officers. Despite the air support extended to the Iraqis by the German and Italian air forces, the operation was a complete success, Baghdad falling on 30th May 1941, the books cover this and subsequent operations in Syria. Reviewed in the Spectator on the issue of the composite trade edition in 1944 as "a fascinating and well-told story in the tradition of T. E. Lawrence, and one worthy to take its place in the history of British soldiers' heroic campaigns in the Near East". Condition Report Externally Spine good condition sun faded slightly with the odd small nick to the leather see photos. Joints very good condition solid and strong. Corners fair to good condition worn through to the board and bumped. Boards good condition nice patina. Page edges very good condition. Slipcase slightly grubby and bumped to the corners. See above and photos. Internally Hinges very good condition solid. Front paste down very good condition maps. Front end paper very good condition maps. Title very good condition clean. Pages good condition. Binding good condition, solid. See photos Publisher: see above. Publication Date: 1943 Binding: Hardback [Attributes: Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
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