HOLDICH, Colonel Sir Thomas Hungerford. Boundaries in Europe and the Near East. London, Macmillan, 1918.
8vo. Original maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt; pp. xii, 224; by-coloured folding map of the Balkans as frontispiece and sketch maps (one of the Marash position, the suggested boundary between Turkey and Syria); lower cover discoloured, light wear to extremities, internally very clean and fresh.
First edition. In 1878 Thomas Holdich began a long connection with the North-West frontier as a survey officer with the southern Afghanistan field force. He served with distinction in the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878–80), the Mahsud Waziri expedition of 1881, the Zhob field force of 1890, and the Afridi Tirah expedition of 1897–8, being several times mentioned in dispatches. He became the British authority on geopolitics and border questions. In this book he deals with the shifts left by the disastrous First World War, especially on the Balkans and the Middle East. 'The practical results of his boundary work were enduring, as was his influence on political geography in its contemporary meaning as the geography of frontiers and boundaries' (ODNB).