the gulf and the great game: spheres of influence.
ROUIRE, Alphonse Marie Ferdinand. La rivalité Anglo-Russe au XIXe siècle en Asie. Golfe Persique, frontières de L'Inde. Paris, Armand Colin, 1908.
Small 8vo. Contemporary cloth-backed marbled boards by the Besançon Institute of the Deaf-Mute; pp. viii, 298, lithographic folding map at the end, light toning, mainly marginal, a very good copy; provenance: contemporary stamps of a Besançon military club (Réunion des Officiers).
Very rare first edition of this French assessment of the impact of the Anglo-Russian treatise of 1907, which regulated the spheres of influence over Afghanistan and Persia, with Britain controlling the entrance to the Persian Gulf. When the Great Game was drawing to a close, the French physician, political analyst and journalist Rouire examines the growth of influence of the British Empire in the Gulf, Bahrain, Kuwait and in Southern Arabia, before dealing with the geopolitics of Afghanistan, Tibet, and Persia, which was half under Russian and half under British influence. Rouire concludes the volume with an analysis of the impact of the treatise on both Muscat and Kuwait. - The book was never translated into English; however, in 1924 a Russian translation was published.
Not in COPAC.