ADMIRALTY WAR STAFF INTELLIGENCE DIVISION. Handbook of Mesopotamia. Volume I. General. Second Edition. [London], Admiralty War Staff, Intelligence Division, November, 1918.
8vo. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; pp. 556; a very good and clean copy.
Second, considerably enlarged edition (the first edition of 1916 had 360 pages). After Townshend's catastrophic defeat at Kut in April 1916 the Mesopotamia Commission of Inquiry was set up, and the Admiralty was convinced that only good intelligence about the available infastructure, man and animal power, as well as mineral and agricultural resources in still Ottoman Iraq was vital for a possible advance into these territories. These handbooks correct existing sources of information and maps, and analyze the country's physical and economic geography. Interesting in this considerably enlarged second edition is the much extended section on Oil and Bitumen. 'In the southern and central parts of this area there are extensive belts of country where the presence of oil is known or suspected' (p. 59).
COPAC lists only three complete sets in British Libraries, at UCL, Nottingham University, and in the British Museum.