London: Jonathan Cape, 1949, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Fold-out maps ; Portrait to the frontispiece; Top edge dyed red;
From the cover: A man in his more romantic moments might imagine himself in many strange and exciting situations. He might see himself heading through sub-tropical jungle for the Russian-Persian border, hotly pursued by Soviet frontier guards; entering the walled city of Bokhara on foot, by moonlight, preceded by a string of dromedaries and followed by a pair of OGPU agents; probing the secrets of the Moscow State Trials; climbing the Mountains of Heaven and crossing the Oxus. Or he might see himself giving up a promising career in the Diplomatic Service to enlist in a Highland regiment; then skirmishing in the Libyan desert; crossing the Sand Sea in a jeep; masquerading as an enemy staff officer; turn…
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little grubby, edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the head of the spine which has been poorly tape-repaired. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Price Clipped. Previous owners’ name to the first blank.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 543 pages. Index. 8″ x 5½”.
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