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BELL Gertrude
The Arab War. Confidential Information for General Headquarters from Gertrude Bell, being Despatches Reprinted from the Secret ?Arab Bulletin?.
1940. First Edition (number 67 of 500 copies). 8vo. Contemporary quarter Niger. Spine gilt and slightly faded. 51, i pp. Golden Cockerel Press, London, After graduating in Modern History from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 1892, Gertrude Bell engaged in a period of world travel that led to her first experiences of Arabia. With the commencement of the Great War she returned to England and worked in a special branch of the Red Cross, before being called to Egypt to join a team (including T. E. Lawrence) that was engaged in planning the Arab revolt and the creation of the Arab Bureau in Cairo. In 1916, she left Cairo and was employed as an Assistant Political Officer in Baghdad. It was there that she proved to be instrumental in establishing the national state of Mesopotamia (now known as Iraq) and instating Faisal as king. She continued to live in Baghdad until dying quite suddenly in 1926 (at the age of 57); leaving behind a legacy of remarkable service and the Baghdad Antiquities Museum, which she founded in that last year of her life. This book collects previously unpublished reports, written by Bell, that she sent to the Arab Bureau from Iraq. They afford a record of her continued communication with the Bureau and evidence of what Bell considered to be salient subjects and events from her side of the Arab world. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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