[BARING, Evelyn, 1st Earl of Cromer, ascribed to]. Letters from an Egyptian to an English Politician upon the Affairs of Egypt. With an Introduction by John M. Robertson, M. P. London, George Routledge and Sons, 1908.
8vo. Original green ribbed cloth, lettered in gilt; pp. xiii, 177; cloth a little marked, offsetting from endpapers, otherwise a very clean and fresh copy, contemporary Cairo bookseller's label inside front cover.
Uncommon first edition of these letters critical of British control and the influence of other Europeans over Egyptian society, written by the 'British administrator and diplomat whose 24-year rule in Egypt as British agent and consul general (1883–1907) profoundly influenced Egypt’s development as a modern state' (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The Earl of Cromer was definitely an Imperialist, but he saw the detrimental effect of the Anglo-Egyptian elite looking down on the Egyptians; he describes corrupt practices in business and the justice system thriving under the British. There was no consensus between the rulers and most of their subjects, with the exception of the profiteers of the system. The editor was a rationalist free thinker and radical liberal M.P. for Tyneside.
The book has been ascribed to the Earl of Cromer by several good libraries; however, I could find no proof for that. The editor writes in the preface that these letters 'by our Egyptian monitor' are written by 'no extremist, no vendor of what our imperialistic journals blusterously term sedition, but an intelligent and temperate observer with his wits sharpened by that love of country which Britons bring to bear on their own problems not upon those of Egypt' (pp. iii-vii).