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(IRAN.) WALLIS, H. J.
Some Silhouettes in Persia.
Lahore: Printed at the "Civil and Military Gazette" Press,, 1926. Caricatures of some Small Players in the Great Game Octavo, 57pp. Original pale blue printed boards, green cloth spine. Light wear to extremities, minor cockling of paper on front board, sight bump to top fore-corner of letterpress. A very good copy. First and sole edition, rare, an online search of institutional libraries locating one only, at University of Texas at Austin. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "With the Compliments of the Author"; pencilled ownership inscription of "J. G. Watt" on facing pastedown. Anglo-Russian rivalry in Persia in the 20s centred on Meshed centre of "veteran intelligence officer" Sir Wilfrid Mellson's "vast network of spies" (Hopkirk, Setting the East Ablaze, p. 2). Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Jocelyn Kennedy Wallis served with the Manchester Regiment and the Connaught Rangers, before transferring to the 20th Deccan Horse (Hart's Army List 1906), promoted to major by 1917; created OBE in the 1923 Birthday Honours. In 1921-22 he was military attaché and then consul at Meshed (modern day Mashhad), in the north-eastern corner of Iran near the border with Turkmenistan, at a time when "Anglo-Soviet rivalries in eastern Iran... gave a new dimension to the Great Game" (Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh, Small Players in the Great Game: the settlement of Iran's eastern borderlands and the creation of Afghanistan, 2004, p. 117). Some Silhouettes in Persia - originally published in the Journal of the Indian Army Service Corps - is an engaging series of reflec … [Click Below for Full Description]
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