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RUSSELL, Lindsay.

The Gates of Kut.

Published: London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1917

Stock code: 110861

Price: £125

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First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, blind-stamped thus on the title-page. This novelised account of the infamous siege of Kut, modern-day Iraq, “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), carries a dedication to Captain James Macallan, a medic in the 6th East Lancashire Regiment who was killed fighting in Mesopotamia in 1917. Surprisingly uncommon, with six copies only in British and Irish libraries, and OCLC adding twelve worldwide.

Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt, titles and frame to front board in blind. Spine sunned and rolled, pale mottling to covers with a darker marking to the front. A good copy.

Bibliography: Not in Falls or Lengel.

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