BELL, Gertrude. The Arab War. Confidential Information for General Headquarters from Gertrude Bell. Being Despatches reprinted from the secret "Arab Bulletin". Introd….

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BELL, Gertrude. The Arab War. Confidential Information for General Headquarters from Gertrude Bell. Being Despatches reprinted from the secret "Arab Bulletin". Introduction by Sir Kinahan Cornwallis K.C.M.G. C.B.E. D.S.O. Director of the Arab Bureau 1916-1920. [London], Golden Cockerel Press, 1940.

4to. Original green quarter 'Niger' over cream cloth boards, lettered in gilt to spine, in the rarely seen original cardboard slip-case; pp. 52; spine a little faded, as usual, occasional spotting internally; a good copy with the fine contemporary bookplate of W.J. Merson inside front cover.
Limited edition, number 393 of 500 numbered copies. With the onset of war in 1914, Bell, an acknowledged authority on the Arabs, was invited to join Colonel Clayton, T.E. Lawrence and David Hogarth in Cairo to plan an Arab revolt. On becoming a member of Sir Percy Cox's staff in Basra, she sent intelligence reports to the Arab Bureau in Cairo which appeared in its secret intelligence summary, the Arab Bulletin. A selection of them are here published for general readership for the first time. They include observations on the government of Turkish Arabia, notes on the tribal authority of Sheikhs in the occupied territories, reports of tribal fights and other matters in the Shamiyah, Muscat and Hail, and chapters on Ibn Saud and Ismail Bey.
Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press 147.
Provenance: William James Merson (1879-1953) was the long-serving Provost of Buckie at the time of the Second World War.

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