ALLEN, W. E. D., and Paul MURATOFF. Caucasian Battlefields. A History of the Wars on the Turco-Caucasian Border 1828-1921. Cambridge, CUP, 1953.
8vo. Original blue buckram, spine lettered and ornamented in gilt, dust-wrappers (price-clipped and a few flaws); pp. xxi, 614, frontispiece, seven plates, numerous maps in the text, 8 folding maps, a near-fine copy of a scarce work.
First edition. 'The most complete and authoritative study of this subject available in the English language' (Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, XIX, 1, p. 206). Allen was a businessman, philosopher, adventurer, historian and linguist. His collection of books on the Caucasus is the best in the Western World and held at Indiana. He is the only person to have walked the entire Soviet-Turkish border. Paul Muratoff is an undeservedly forgotten cultural historian, playwright and brilliant writer.