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The Short Cut to India:
Edinburgh & London William Blackwood and Sons,, 1909. The record of a journey along the route of the Baghdad Railway. Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spine, front cover lettered in white with black silhouette map, red coated endpapers. Monochrome frontispiece, 90 illustrations from photographs on 47 plates, large folding map at end. Ownership inscription on front pastedown of "W. O. Gilchrist 1909", most probably William Oswald Gilchrist (1843-1920), the Scottish-born "captain of early Australian industry" (The Sydney Morning Herald obituary). Spine toned, touch of foxing to fore-edge and internally, a few leaves at end with marginal splash marks. A very good copy, with the preliminary and terminal advertisement leaves. First edition. A well-illustrated account of "the author's experiences travelling by train from Constantinople to the Persian Gulf just before the Young Turks Revolution" (Ghani). David Fraser was a Scottish journalist and special correspondent for The Times ; he was the author of The Marches of Hindustan (1907) and Persia and Turkey in Revolt (1910). The Baghdad Railway, German financed and intended to link Berlin and Baghdad, was incomplete at the outbreak of the Great War and is often cited as one of the "hidden causes" of that conflict. James Canton gives a useful abridgement of Fraser's journey in From Cairo to Baghdad: British Travellers in Arabia (2011).
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