Modern Egypt

CROMER, Evelyn BARING, first Earl of. Modern Egypt.

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CROMER, Evelyn BARING, first Earl of. Modern Egypt. London, R. & R. Clark, Limited for Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1908.

Two volumes, 8vo. Original green cloth, boards ruled in blind, spines ruled and lettered in gilt; pp. I: [2 (blank)], xviii, 594, [2 (publisher's advertisements)]; II: [2 (blank)], xiv, 600; photogravure portrait frontispiece by Emery Walker after G.C. Beresford, retaining tissue guard, folding lithographic map printed in blue and black by Stanford's Geographical Establishment, titles printed in red and black; apart from very light offsetting from and to endpapers and portrait, otherwise a very attractive and fresh set.
First edition. 'One of the classic works of Victorian imperialist writing' (ODNB), Cromer's overview of events in Egypt and the Sudan after 1876 was written in part as an apologia for his administrative work in Egypt; Cromer was a member of the Goschen Commission in Egypt from 1876 to 1879, briefly joint Controller-General, and then, following three years in India, Consul-General at Cairo from 1883 until 1907. Thus, his work covers the Mahdist uprising, the fall of Kharthoum, the death of Gordon, and many other aspects of the country's history, and concludes with a chapter on the future of Egypt. A very informative book on the state of Egypt at the begginning of the 20th century under Abbas II.