Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal (Zachary Karabell)

Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal (Zachary Karabell) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my History shelves. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

London: John Murray, 2003, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white plates; Maps [1];

From the cover: The building of the Suez Canal linking the Mediterranean and the Red Sea was the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century, but it was much more than just a marvel of construction.

The idea, which began with Napoleon Bonaparte, was kept alive by a Utopian cult and was then taken up by the French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps who masterminded the project. The great breakthrough came in 1854 when Lesseps persuaded his old friend the Vicerory Said of Egypt to grant him the concession to cut a 100-mile-long canal across the isthmus of Suez. It would…

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper with a closed tear to the top corner of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight.

Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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