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INCHBALD, Geoffrey.

Imperial Camel Corps.

Published: No place: for the Author, 1973

Stock code: 75937

Price: £475

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Second revised edition. “Since my book Imperial Camel Corps was published in 1970 a good deal of further information has come to light. So much so that I felt it to be my duty as well as privilege to complete the record in a way in which would enable me not only to include this additional material but also to correct certain inaccuracies of which I had been guilty … it was my original intention to try and arrange for the publication, in the proper sense of the word, of a second edition but… I was driven to the conclusion that… this was not really a practicable proposition. I then considered the possibility of preparing some sort of an appendix … which could be read in conjunction with the original text, but I soon found that the additions and alterations were so extensive that anything of this kind would inevitably lead to confusion if not complete incomprehension. The only alternative … was to start afresh and have the entire book revised and re-copied for private circulation in a form which would be chronologically exact and, I hope, easy to read” (author’s Explanation). Genuinely uncommon, OCLC lists University of Leeds and National Library of Australia only, COPAC adds IWM “Effectively an unofficial history of 2nd Bn. ICC, from formation in early 1916 to disbandment in 1919… Many officers are mentioned in the narrative, the descriptions of camel behaviour are informative, and the various battles (Egypt, Palestine and Trans-Jordan, including the support given to Lawrence in 1918 are well covered” (Perkins). This copy inscribed on the title page, “For Tony, With all best wishes from Geoff, August 1974.”

Original green buckram, title gilt to the spine. Duplicated typescript, 215 leaves, rectos only. Just a little rubbed on the spine edges, a very good copy.

Bibliography: O'Brien F0548 and Perkins p. 44 for the first edition only.

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