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SYKES, Christopher.
Wassmuss.
London: Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1936. capable of being ruthless, his credentials for fomenting trouble could hardly have been bettered" - a German proponent of the Great Game Octavo. Original cream cloth, spine lettered in green, top edge green. With he typographic jacket, printed in black and green. Map endpapers, 12 photographic plates including frontispiece, of which 7 by Robert Byron. Very pale toning with the occasional tiny spot of foxing to the text-block, else very good indeed in unclipped jacket, just a touch tanned at the spine and edges of the turn-ins, small patch of pinkish colour transfer from another book at the lower tip of the front panel, head of spine crumpled, no loss. First edition, first impression, an uncommon book, particularly so in the jacket Wilhelm Wassmuss arrived in Bushehr in 1909 as German vice-consul; "The British had little doubt that he was really an intelligence officer Â… a striking looking man, who spoke fluent Persian and Arabic, he had travelled widely among the tribes of southern Persia, with some of whose chiefs he was on the closest terms. Physically tough, and capable of being ruthless, his credentials for fomenting trouble could hardly have been bettered"(Hopkirk, On Secret Service East of Constantinople, p.63). In the years leading up to war he enjoyed great success in encouraging tribal revolts against the British in the region. When war began, Sir Percy Cox was appointed chief political officer with the Indian Expeditionary Force, masterminding the army's political relations with Mesopotamia, and encouraging the resistanc … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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