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IRAQ: Loyalties. Mesopotamia. Volume I: 1914-1917. From the outbreak of war to the death of General Maude. [Together with] Loyalties. Mesopotamia. Volume II. 1917-1920. A Clash of Loyalties Zoom



IRAQ: Loyalties. Mesopotamia. Volume I: 1914-1917. From the outbreak of war to the death of General Maude. [Together with] Loyalties. Mesopotamia. Volume II. 1917-1920. A Clash of Loyalties


Author: Sir Arnold Talbot WILSON (1884 – 1940).
Place and Year: Oxford University Press. London: Humphrey Milford 1936.
Technique:
Code: 67353

2 volumes: Both 8°. Volume I: xl, 339 pp., 4 colour lithographed folding maps inserted into a paper sleeve mounted on the inner side of the back cover, original brown cloth binding, with gilt embossed title on the spine, brown top edge (binding slightly bumped on corners, very light foxing on the fore edge, slightly age-toned in the gutter of end-papers, old owner’s name in the title page, paper sleeve in the inner side of the back cover with small tears in edges, otherwise in a good condition).

Volume II: XVII, [1], 420 with interleaved plates on glossy paper, 2 folding maps (binding slightly bumped on corners, very light foxing on the fore edge, slightly age-toned in the gutter of end-papers, old owner’s name in the title page, paper sleeve in the inner side of the back cover with small tears in edges, otherwise in a good condition). 

A detailed work on the history of Mesopotamia, with Baghdad as a capital, between 1914 until 1920 was written by Sir Arnold Wilson, the British civil commissioner in Baghdad in between 1918 and 1920. 

Southern Iraq and Baghdad remained under Ottoman rule until 1917, when captured by the British during World War I. In 1920, Iraqi revolted against the British in so called the 1920 Iraqi Revolt or Great Iraqi Revolution.

During the Paris Peace Conference which followed World War I, Sir Arnold Wilson was among the few who successfully recommended adopting the Arabic name Iraq, instead of Mesopotamia. Sir Wilson was killed during WWII in northern France, near Dunkirk, on May 31, 1940, when his bomber aircraft crashed.

The inserted maps in the first volume are titled The Middle East (33 x 49 cm / 13 x 19.3 inches), based on the ordnance survey of 1922, Upper Mesopotamia (51 x 60 cm / 20 x 23.6 inches), based on the ordnance survey of 1925, Lower Mesopotamia (33,5 x 34,5 cm / 13.2 x 13.6 inches), based on the ordnance survey of 1922, and Mesopotamia (50 x 42 cm / 19.7 x 16.5 inches) , based on the ordnance survey of 1927. All the maps have been prepared in the Historical Section of the Committee of Imperial Defence. 

The two folding maps in the second volume repeat the Middle East and Mesopotamia maps from the first volume.

€180.00