8°,  illustration, xiv, , 485 pp. with black and white illustrations maps and charts, and interleaved black and white illustrations and black and white partly folding maps, folding map (61 x 81 cm / 24 x 31.9 inches) originally inserted in a pocket on the inner side of the back cover, original yellow cloth binding with gilt lettering on the cover and spine (binding with minor wear and staining, spine slightly age-toned, a small split in the gutter of the front end-papers, otherwise a clean, seemingly unused example).
A rare thick confidential illustrated handbook of Syria and Lebanon, accompanied with maps, was issued during WWII, in 1944, exclusively for the high rank governmental officials. According to the imprint it was forbidden to show its contents to the pubic or press. The book includes geographical, geological and statistical information on Syria and Lebanon, accompanied with partly folding maps of the regions and cities, views and black and white photographs. The loose folding map showcases the regions described in the book.
The book was issued is a series of separately issued 31 handbooks in 58 volumes (many were corrected editions and some were issued in more than one volumes), which were made by the Naval intelligence division between 1941 and 1946 in Oxford and Cambridge. The other volumes were on the different countries of the Balkans and Middle East, Iceland, North Western Europe, Spain, Portugal, parts of Africa, Norway and the Far East.
All the books from the series are scarce.