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"...And Nothing Long".
London, Constable & Co., 1938. 8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, not price-clipped dust-wrapper, pp.vii, 327, fold-out map of the Transcaucasian Republic at the end; a fine copy; provenance: Duff Cooper's engraved bookplate, designed by Rex Whistler inside front cover, circular printed label 'Presented to the Library of the British Embassy Paris' stuck over upper margin of bookplate. First edition, in the rarely seen dust-wrapper, marked as second printing. More than just what the Daily Telegraph wrote, ' ... makes your flesh creep ... A fine story of a heroic muddle' (front flap of wrapper), this rare book contains the extraordinary narrative of Macdonell's long sojourn in Baku and the Caucasus as a trader, spy, and adventurer, who had been in charge of the Transcaucasian section in the Foreign Office. He reports on the Revolution, counter-Rrevolution, Armenia, geopolitical wranglings between Turkey, Russia and the Caucasian peoples. This first-hand-report is written with a sense of humour and humanity. The events in Azeberbaijan at the beginning of the 20th century made MacDonell, actually head of the Scottish Clan Donald, a pacifist, and very good travel writer. Provenance: Duff Cooper (1890-1954) was a British writer, bon-vivant, diplomat and, when he accquired this book, First Lord of the Admiralty. He resigned after the Munich agreement, because he would not support Neville Chamberlain's appeasement policy.
      [Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd.]
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