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Field Notes. Mesopotamia. February 1915. Catalogue No. M. 3
1916. First edition, one of 500 copies. With a folding heliozincographed map of ?Lower Mesopotamia?, dated 1914. Original limp tan buckram with wrap-around fastening tie, covers a little stained and dust-soiled, extremities of spine slightly worn. Small tear to p.107/108 (p2), rest of interior pages in excellent condition. A very good copy. [2], iv, 211, [1]blank pp. Simla, Government Monotype Press, (issued 19th of February) ?The political situation in Baghdad and Mesopotamia is intimately concerned with that in the Persian Gulf? (p.3). A rare manual, printed for the use of officers serving in the Mesopotamian Campaign of the First World War. It largely concerns lower Mesopotamia, but also contains valuable information on Eastern Arabia and the Persian Gulf. The first chapter is a history of the region, from the British expedition to Mohammerah in March 1857 to the start of WWI. After outlining how Britain won a monopoly over trade in the Gulf in the 19th century, it stresses the challenge posed to her superiority by Turkish and German advances. It then details the political relations between the Ottoman Empire and Mesopotamia, Kuwait, Al Hasa, and Najd. The following seven chapters ? geography, population, resources, military, maritime, administration and communications ? primarily focus on Mesopotamia, giving a highly detailed account of a landmass covering much of present-day Southern Iraq and part of the Khuzestan Province of Iran. There are also important sections on the strength of the Turkish army and navy. Four appendices follow the main text. Appendix A ?Note on t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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