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PEAKE, Frederick Gerard, El Fariq.

A History of Trans-Jordan and its Tribes.

Amman: [For the Author,] 1934 Stock Code: 127455
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First edition, extremely uncommon, just eight locations on WorldCat, no copy in BL, just two copies traced at auction. Major-General Frederick G. Peake, CMG, CBE (1886-1970), known as Peake Pasha, was a British Army and police officer, and founder and commandant of the Arab Legion Trans-Jordan. He fought alongside T.E. Lawrence in the First World War, and later Lawrence described Peake in a letter of 1929 as 'a very good fellow. He has stuck splendidly to three or four thankless jobs, and made a deal out of them. A hot, impatient soul, too.' (Brown, T.E. Lawrence: The Selected Letters, p.413). The first volume is a history of Transjordan from pre-history to 1933. The second volume is an ambitious work and the product of considerable research and effort. He worried that the current generation was no longer interested in "listening to the poems and legends of the wars, deeds and loves of their tribal heros" and were more concerned with politics, newspapers and "new amusements like the gramophone" (p. 274). Peake feared that "the history of the Tribes of Transjordan is rapidly being forgotten." With the help of a team of local Jordanians he compiled a comprehensive list of the tribes of the region and their histories, from an intriguing group of Egyptians who settle in the towns of Sahab and Zizia after trouble with Ibrahim Pasha up to the genealogy of the Hashemites, who trace their lineage back to Noah. It includes a history of the tribes of Transjordan, several tables and genealogies, short essays on each tribe, and a detailed index. This copy with the ownership inscription of "G. V. Fowler, Aboukir, Egypt, Aug. '34", probably Group Captain Ivor G.V. Fowler AFC, who was posted to RAF Depot, Middle East, Aboukir in September 1933.

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2 volumes foolscap quarto. Original brown cloth-backed sand-coloured printed card wrappers.


Mimeographed typescript, rectos only, 15 tribal pedigrees printed in red and green, 3 of them folding, one loosely inserted.


Just a little rubbed, edges foxed, overall very good.


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