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127785
MOSELEY, Sydney A.

Haunts of the Gay East.

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Published: London Stanley Paul & Co., 1921

Stock Code: 127785

£250
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Notes

First edition. Scarce with only 8 locations on OCLC. This is a lively book on the dissipated underworld of the early 20th century Middle East. Moseley spent several years as a journalist in Cairo in the 1910s and he drew on his experiences there to compose this collection of stories about the night life of the East, infused with a fascination for picturesque vice and debauchery. The majority of the book deals with Cairo, with chapters entitled "Haunts of the Millionaires", "In a Hashish Den" and "The Disgrace of the Dancing Girl". He also includes sections on "Stamboul, the home of lost souls" (p. 93), Sofia ("one of the largest but little known cosmopolitan spots of the Balkans"p. 100), and Vienna ("The most over-rated place in the whole of the Near East" p.119). The author who would later become famous as one of the most influential supporters of John Logie Baird's new technology of "Television" and "the power behind Baird" at the BBC (BBC Oral History Collection, Stuart Williams Interview).

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Description

Octavo. Original publisher's wrappers with reproduction of a picture of a woman emerging from a curtained doorway.

Condition

Some damp on wrappers, rubbing around spine, text block slightly foxed. A good+ copy.

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