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Survey of International Affairs 1920 - 1926
London: Oxford University Press, under the auspices of the British Institute of International Affairs, 1926-8 - 4 volumes in 5, octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to the spines. Slightly rubbed, sunned at the spines, and some splitting at the spine edge of 1925 volume II, light marginal browning, overall very good. 22 folding and 2 full-page maps in all. First editions. An interesting run of the BIIA's annual volumes, offering a comprehensive survey of the global political situation in the immediate aftermath of the First World War. Compiled by Toynbee in his capacity as Research Professor of International History at the London School of Economics, and Director of Studies at the British Institute of International Affairs in London. During the war Toynbee had worked for the Political Intelligence Department of the British Foreign Office, and served as a delegate to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919. This set from the library of Brig.-Gen. Sir Gilbert Clayton - BIIA invoice in volume I - wartime head of the Arab Bureau, described by T.E. Lawrence as "the perfect leader for such a band of wild men as we were. He was calm, detached, clear-sighted, of unconscious courage in assuming responsibility. He gave an open run to his subordinates. His own views were general, like his knowledge: and he worked by influence rather than by loud direction. It was not easy to descry his influence. He was like water, or permeating oil, creeping silently and insistently through everything. It was not possible to say where Clayton was and was not, and how much really belonged to him. He never visibly led; but his ideas were abreast of those who did" (Seven Pillars of Wisdom, p.36). Volume I, 1925 comprises Toynbee's crucial study "The Islamic World since the Peace Settlement". A very nicely provenanced group. Clayton died in 1929, aged just 54, while playing polo in Baghdad; "Clayton's premature death cut short a distinguished career of great promise. In the multilateral and multifaceted arena of Near-Eastern politics Clayton, a skilled Arabist, succeeded through tact, loyalty, keen observation, and deft management of information and personalities While colleagues and subordinates such as T. E. Lawrence achieved world-wide fame, the confidential nature of Clayton's successive offices necessarily obscured the importance of his achievements which have only recently attracted more attention from historians" (ODNB). [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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