CRABITÈS, Pierre. Americans in the Egyptian Army. London, Routledge, .
8vo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. xiii, 277, frontispiece and two double-page maps; haed of spine a little worn, minimal spotting intially, a few annotations in pencil; a very good copy of a rare work.
First edition.~b~ Crabitès discusses the contributions of American soldiers serving with the Egyptian army. It covers the period in which British Major-General Charles George Gordon was working in Egypt and Abyssinia (modern Ethiopia), the 1870s. The work is based in primary sources from the Egyptian Royal Palace, the British War Office and Foreign Office, and the American Legation in Cairo.
Provenance~i~: Jasper Yeates Brinton's bookplate and his name in pencil on opposite fly-leaf. 'When Jasper Yeates Brinton, lawyer and judge, was born in Philadelphia in 1878, an imaginative experiment in international justice known as the Mixed Courts of Egypt was already two years underway. But it was more than 40 years before the two got together. In 1921, after graduating from Pennsylvania Law School, serving as lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Department and as a member of an American investigatory mission to troubled Armenia, Judge Brinton was nominated by President Harding to be an American representative to Egypt's Mixed Courts. When he sailed for Alexandria to join the courts—by then a much acclaimed success—he didn't realize that he was starting not only another distinguished career, but a brand new life. Judge Brinton was to serve Egypt for the next 27 years, first as a justice, then from 1943 until 1948, as president of the court. He was later, until 1953, legal adviser to the American Embassy in Cairo' (Aramco World, online).