NAVAL INTELLIGENCE DIVISION. Iraq and the Persian Gulf. [OUP for HMSO], September 1944.
8vo. Original green cloth, lettered in gilt; pp. xviii, 682, [2, colophon], highly illustrated with maps (some folding, a large one in rear pocket), plates after photographs and in the text, re-backed with laid down original spine, spine discoloured and extremities a bit rubbed, internally very good.
Very rare and sought-after first editionof one of the best researched books on the country of the 20th century. This volume deals with absolutely all aspects of Iraq and the Western coast of the Arabian Gulf, with a close description of what was then referred to as the 'Trucial Coast' between Abu Dhabi and Qatar, with chapter ranging from oil and geology to agriculture, ethnic groups, their material culture and religions, trade and the coast, natural history, architecture, thousands of years of history, etc. We learn for example that at the time 88 thousand Jews and 135 thousand Christians lived in Iraq.