Army Diary, 1899–1926.
First edition, first impression. Meinertzhagen’s veracity has been questioned in the context of his account of his encounters with T. E. Lawrence in Paris; his claims to have attempted the rescue of the Russian Imperial family from Ekaterinburg; the swash-buckling interventions in the Spanish Civil War recounted in his diaries; and the claims of his ornithological record, but this, his account of his intelligence duel with Lettow-Vorbeck in East Africa, remains unchallenged as one of the most fascinating, genuine narratives of a most fascinating campaign.
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Octavo. Original dark red boards, spine lettered in gilt, titles and royal crest to front board gilt. With the dust jacket. 37 plates, 25 part-coloured maps. Spine-ends very lightly bumped, faint marking to upper outer corner of front board. A very good copy in the price-clipped and slightly chipped dust jacket with tape-repair to verso along joints.