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The Adventures of Dunsterforce.

Published: London: Edward Arnold, 1920

Stock code: 100067

Price: £750

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First edition. A lavishly inscribed copy: signed by the author below the frontispiece portrait, and at the head of the half-title where he has written a lengthy note recommending Ernest Raymond’s book The Old Tree Blossomed (1928) “if you want exact details of events very well & clearly written” and commenting on the fact that his own book has clearance from both the War Office and India Office (“otherwise, readers might think I was romancing here & there – it is all so like Alice in Wonderland”; there are further notes at the head of the Preface, and at the head of Chapter 3. Also tipped-in is a coloured pen and ink drawing by Mary Spire (?) of Dunsterville and his adversary Kuchik Khan (1880-1921), the Iranian revolutionary considered a national hero in modern day Iran; Dunsterville has inscribed this: “Supposed to be a picture of myself and Kuchik Khan in Persia 1918.” Lionel Charles Dunsterville (1865-1946) was an army officer, a close school friend of Rudyard Kipling and the prototype for Kipling’s “Stalky”. “Intriguing memoir by the commander of the British Expeditionary Force that fought the Turks in the exotic surroundings of Persia, Mesopotamia, and the Caucasus in the last year of the war, culminating in the occupation of Baku” (Lengel).

Octavo (224 137 mm). Recent tan half calf, decorative gilt spine, twin green labels, marbled sides and endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, 16 plates from photographs, 3 maps. Minor burn mark at head of a dozen or so leaves. A handsome copy.

Bibliography: Lengel 521.

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