Cairo: Government Press and Survey of Egypt, 1919. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A significant "Collaborator's Copy" awarded by the editor of the book to an official of The Survey of Egypt, Mr. J.H.W. Rowntree, who is mentioned in the preface as "... actively concerned in the production of the maps." The official compliments slip is pasted onto the rear pastedown [notably upside down] and is signed in blue ink by the Military Editor, Lieut. Colonel H. Pirie-Gordon. Bound in three-quarter leather with maroon cloth over boards, title and decorations stamped in gilt onto spine, decorative endpapers, 4to, (11-5/8 inches tall), pp. [vi], -113, tissue-guarded frontispiece of Allenby and 56 detailed color maps with explanatory text verso. Includes two contempoary snapshots of supplies "... on the march proceeding to the line". Volume a touch concave with covers faded and worn, some mottling to cloth with rubs to leather at spine ends and top corners and a very occasional spot of soil or foxing to text, else clean and unmarked throughout. The two photos are gelatain silver snap shots c. 2-1/2 inches tall x 3-1/2 inches wide and show camels and donkeys being loaded and driven by Arabs and what appear to be British soldiers in one of the images. One verso reads in ink "Camels (Ships of the Desert) on the march proceeding to the line with fodder for horses & mules." the other [with the pile of round balls?] has the number "82" in pencil. Very Good. Item #2521
This book contains the order of battle and the campaign maps for the Near Eastern front of which Lawrence's Arab campaign was a part. Together with the reports in the Arab Bulletin and in The Times, represent his first published accounts of the Arab campaign. "Sherifian Co-operation in September" [facing plate 49-50] and "The Story of the Arab Movement" [facing plate 51-53] were compiled from Lawrence's notes, although not acknowledged. Ref. O'Brien A011. Lawrence is also mentioned by name within the text, opp. pl. 48 line 19 & opp. pl. 51 line 25.
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