CHURCHILL, Charles Henry, Colonel.

The Druzes and the Maronites under Turkish Rule from 1840 to 1860.

London: Bernard Quaritch, 1862 Stock Code: 139024
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First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on front free endpaper verso, "To the Right Honble the Earl of Carnarvon, from the Author". The recipient, Henry Herbert, fourth earl of Carnarvon (1831-1890), politician, was twice Secretary of State for the Colonies. During the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878) Carnarvon "supported a policy of strict neutrality" and was "deeply suspicious of Disraeli's Turcophilism" (ODNB).

Churchill (1807-1867) was British consul at Damascus and author of a number of important regional studies including the present work and a major biography of Abd-el-Kader, who he had met during his exile in the city. "Churchill was inspired to write this further work by the Syrian massacres of 1860. He analyses the relations between the Druzes, Maronites and Turks and gives an account of the motives and interests at work in the country" (Blackmer). This is an important and highly uncommon text concerning one of the key events in the narrative of the Middle East, "the biggest sectarian outburst in the history of Ottoman Syria, crowning decades of social unrest" (Leila Tarazi Fawaz, An Occasion for War: Civil Conflict in Lebanon and Damascus in 1860, 1994, p. xiii). Churchill's book was published in two formats, 1,000 copies issued in post octavo, as here, and 250 copies in larger demy octavo, "uniform in size with the Author's Mount Lebanon 1853".

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Description

Octavo. Original moderate blue pimple-grain cloth, title gilt to spine, blind ornamental panel to covers, moderate brown surface-paper endpapers, speckled edges.

Condition

Spine lightly toned, a little wear to head of spine, small glancing dent to fore-edge of back cover. A very good copy, clean and tight.

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