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IKBAL ALI SHAH, Sirdar.

Fuad: King of Egypt.

Illustrated.

London: Herbert Jenkins Limited, 1936 Stock Code: 143248
£200.00
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First edition, first impression, of this uncommon and timely biography of Fuad I (1922-1936), published in the year of the king's death and the signing of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936, which required the withdrawal of British troops from Egypt, conversations for which had opened in the last weeks of Fuad's life.

The Indian-Afghan author Ikbal ali Shah (1894-1969) is an interesting if contentious figure. He came to Britain before the First World War and studied at Edinburgh before becoming a "prolific writer of articles, and books relating to South Asia, Sufism and the Modern World" and a string of popular biographies of King Abdullah of Jordan, Atatürk, and the Aga Khan (The Open University, retrieved 18 September 2020). The extent to which he "undertook assignments for the British Foreign Office and became a publicist for a number of Eastern statesmen and travelled widely for the British Government" (Library of Congress), is unclear, although he did write for the Information Department of the India Office, largely on Muslim affairs.

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Description

Octavo. Original green-beige cloth, titles in black to spine and front board (?publisher's remainder binding). With remains of the dust jacket.

Illustrations

Monochrome photographic portrait frontispiece and 7 similar plates of views and portraits.

Condition

Spine a little sunned, spine ends gently bumped, the binding otherwise firm and bright, internally clean and fresh. A very good copy, in a handmade jacket, carefully constructed from the front panel and lettered parts of spine of the original, neatly cut and mounted on to green heavy paper, small abrasion to top right corner of front panel (possibly from the removal of a publisher's sticker).

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