The Holy War in Tripoli.
Illustrated.London : Edward Arnold, 1912 Stock Code: 129757
First edition, first impression, of this "fascinating contemporary account" of the Turco-Italian War of 1911-12 (Motadel, Islam and European Empires, p. 17). George Abbott, a British journalist, spent four months among the Turco-Arab forces fighting the Italian occupation of Cyrenaica, modern-day Libya. The resistance was led on the Arab side by Sufi shaykh Ahmad al-Sharif al-Sanusi, with Mustafa Kemal distinguishing himself on the Ottoman at the Battle of Tobruk. Rare in the dust jacket, and even more so in such good condition. With two publisher's advertisements loosely inserted.
Octavo. Original vertically-ribbed green cloth, gilt-lettered spine, titles and illustration to front cover in gilt and black, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.
Frontispiece with tissue guard and 24 plates from sketches and photographs, two facsimiles of Arabic documents to the text, 3 maps, 1 of which is folding.
Some light foxing, some pages unopened, else an excellent, bright copy in the dust jacket, with small chips around extremities, spine panel darkened with pencil erasure of price.
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