FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY. Handbook of the Egyptian Army.

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FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY. Handbook of the Egyptian Army. London, HMSO, 1912.

Small 8vo. Original paper-covered boards with roan spine, this lettered vertically in gilt, rounded corners; pp. 184, lithographic folding map with military stations underlined by hand in red ink in rear pocket; binding a little marked, one previously broken corner of front cover expertly repaired, abrasures to spine, internally remarkably clean and fresh; front cover marked in ink as H.C.'s copy.
Extremely rare second edition (first, 1905, no copy traced) of this otherwise unobtainable insider information on the importance, organization, and as well economic power of the Egyptian army, issued at a time when Kitchener was Consul-General in Egypt (actually de-facto ruler of Egypt) during the formal reign of Abbas Hilmi II as Khedive. Prepared by the War office in Cairo this top-secret publication offers an insight into the re-organization of the Egyptian army since the 1881 mutiny inspired by Ahmed Arabi, which triggered Anglo-French intervention against the Nationalist government and the defeat of the forces led by Arabi at the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir on September 13th, 1882. The book further details the ethnic groups represented in the army which was led by British soldiers, with a Khedive formally in power and an Ottoman subject. The inner workings of the complicated relation between the British colonial rulers of a formally still Ottoman province, and Sudanese, native Egyptian population, Arabs, Europeans and Turks are described in detail. - The High Commissioner's copy moves the provenance close to Kitchener's circle.
We were not able two find any trace of this book in the trade or at actions; the only other copy we were able to locate is at Durham University.