SASSOON, Philip. The Third Route. London, Heinemann, .
8vo. Original pale blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover ornamented and lettered in gilt, colour-printed pictorial map endpapers designed by Rex Whistler; pp. viii, 291, folding map and plates after photographs; cloth a little darkened, even light toning to paper; otherwise very good.
First edition, half-title inscribed by Philip to Lady Helen [Asquith?]. A wonderful account of Sassoon's air travel by flying boat to British air stations in Egypt, the Sudan, the Emirate of Transjordan, Iraq, including Erbil, Samarra, Baghdad and Mosul, India, and Malta. 'He was at the heart of British decision-making during the First World War, involved in the Irish peace agreement, Air Force minister and private secretary to Prime Minister Lloyd George. But history tends to remember him as a great host. Dignitaries flocked to be guests at the mansions he built in Kent and Barnet. Charlie Chaplin said that his palace in Port Lympne was “something out of the Arabian Nights. Among other regular visitors were Lawrence of Arabia, Bernard Shaw, Arthur Balfour, Anthony Eden, Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton, Winston Churchill. Edward VIII and Mrs. Simpson were close to him during the abdication crisis. Inevitably, his vast influence attracted antisemitism: Virginia Woolf described him as an “underbred Whitechapel Jew” although he was born the son of Aline, the daughter of Baron Gustave de Rothschild in the most affluent house in Paris (The Amazing Philip Sassoon, London Central Synagogue, online).