(WORLD WAR I: MESOPOTAMIA.) NEAVE, Dorina L.
First edition, first impression, decidedly scarce in the dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “Dorina Lockhart Neave, 26 April 1937”. An important study of the terrible four month siege of Kut in Mesopotamia, now Iraq: “it was, arguably, Britain’s worse military defeat since the surrender of Cornwallis’s army in 1781 during the American Revolutionary War” (Colonel Patrick Crowley, Kut 1916: Courage and Failure in Iraq, 2009).
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, gilt device on front cover. With the dust jacket. Monochrome portrait frontispiece of Major-General Melliss, map of Turkey and the Middle East. Jacket lightly soiled, spine toned, stain across foot of spine and panels, otherwise a very good copy.