MEINERTZHAGEN, Col. Richard. Middle East Diary 1917-1956. London, The Cresset Press, 1959.
8vo. Original cloth with gilt lettering on spine; pp. xi, 376; wrappers a bit faded along edges and spine, with very minor marginal flaws, one tiny spot inside front cover, otherwise remarkably clean and fresh.
First edition. 'Meinertzhagen knew no half measures. He was logical, an idealist of the deepest, and so possessed by his convictions that he was willing to harness evil to the chariot of good. He was a strategist, a geographer, and a silent laughing masterful man; who took as blithe a pleasure in deceiving his enemy (or his friend) by some unscrupulous jest, as in spattering the brains of a cornered mob of Germans one by one with his African knob-kerri. His instincts were abetted by an immensely powerful body and a savage brain' was T.E.Lawrence's writing in Seven Pillars of Wisdom.