ANDREW, William. Euphrates Valley Route to India, in Connection with the Central Asian and Egyptian Questions. Lecture delivered at the National Club on the 16th June, 1882 … Second Edition, with Map and Appendix. London, W. H. Allen, 1882.
Tall 8vo. Original terracotta cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, boards ornamented in blind, yellow endpapers; pp. 95, , 20, folding colour-printed map of Egypt, fold-out map of Eurasia; covers a little worn, one map with repaired tear along fold; otherwise a very good copy of a scarce work.
First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on title in 1883. This rare work, actually a first edition of the entirely re-written and updated (in the light of the Suez Canal) 1857 Memoir on the Euphrates Valley Route to India. Andrew lectures on the economic and strategic importance of establishing rail and telegraph lines between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, with the ultimate goal of linking England and India. On the last 20 pages are advertisements for books on Indian geopolitics, communications and railways, most of them rather rare. On the title-verso is a short note by Lesseps of 1857, arguing for the Euphrates Valley railway, as possible and necessary as the Suez Canal. Sir William Patrick Andrew (1807-1887) was director of the East Indian Railway and founder of the Scinde, Punjab and Delhi Railway. 'The great scheme of Sir William Andrew's life was the Euphrates Valley Railway; and though he failed in recommending this project, the impetus he gave to railway communication in India may be estimated from the fact that in 1848, before a mile of railway was open, the external trade of India was £25,000,000; in 1883, with 10,000 miles of railway the external trade was £147,837,920. He never ceased, from 1856 to the day of his death, to urge the advantage of the Euphrates Valley line as an alternative to that of the Red Sea. In 1879 Sir W. Andrew was chairman of the Stafford House Committee for promoting the construction of a railway from the Persian Gulf to Constantinople and the Mediterranean. Sir W. Andrew to the last took an interest in everything relating to the East and he was a Fellow of many scientific societies' (Obituary in The Engineer).