Item #007858 A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby. with Harry Pirie-Gordon, unattributed contributors including T. E. Lawrence.
A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby
A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby
A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby
A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby

A Brief Record of the Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force Under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby

Cairo: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1919. Second English Edition. Hardcover. This is the record of the First World War’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force and their actions on the Near Eastern front. This copy belonged to the library of the British Army’s Staff College, Camberley.

The text contains unattributed accounts by T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935), who found fame as instigator, organizer, hero, and tragic figure of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, which he began as an eccentric junior intelligence officer and ended as "Lawrence of Arabia."

This second English edition was issued swiftly following the first, but rather than the buff card binding of the first edition, which was published by "The Palestine News' in December 1918, this edition was slightly more durably bound, with an olive-gray linen spine over olive-gray paper-covered boards, and published by His Majesty's Stationery Office in 1919. The copy is complete, intact, and unrestored, in very good minus overall condition. Provenance is noteworthy. The bookplate affixed to the front pastedown is that of the British Army’s “Staff College, Camberley”. On the plate are two ink-stamps, both in purple. An oval stamp is that of “STAFF COLLEGE LIBRARY” and date of “JAN 30 1922”. An overlaying rectangular stamp reads, in two lines, “WITHDRAWN | H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE” with a crown intervening. The only other indications of provenance are a small library sticker on the upper spine and “D(5)II G” inked on the upper left front cover. Two superficial scars at the lower right of the front cover may indicate previous removal of an additional label.

Despite ex-library status, this is a clean copy. The binding remains square, tight, and unfaded, with only modest wear to extremities and light overall soiling. The contents are respectably bright with no spotting.

“This book contains the order of battle and the campaign maps for the Near Eastern front of which Lawrence’s campaign was a part. Two pieces of text were written by Lawrence. The book is not always recognized as containing Lawrence’s work, as the pieces are unsigned.” Together with the reports in the Arab Bulletin and in The Times, Lawrence’s contributions to this book are “his first published accounts of the Arab campaign. The publisher, The Palestine News, was the official newspaper of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force and was edited by H. Pirie-Gordon” (O’Brien)

Created in 1916 to guard the Suez Canal, the Egyptian Expeditionary Force was an archetypal multi-ethnic, multinational British imperial formation composed of troops from across the empire including India, Australia, and New Zealand. During the First World War they evolved, as the E.E.F. campaigned against the Ottomans in Egypt and Palestine. This book records the E.E.F.’s actions from July 1917 when General Allenby took command to October 1918 when the Armistice of Mudros ended conflict in the Middle Eastern theatre. In 1916, under the auspices of the British Arab Bureau, The Arab Bulletin was founded on the initiative of T. E. Lawrence to provide “a secret magazine of Middle East politics” intended to inform officials and military commanders. Here Lawrence first published his records of the Arab campaign, some of which were included in The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force. Lawrence would later and most famously tell the full tale of his role in and perspective on the Arab revolt in Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Reference: O'Brien A012. Item #007858

Price: $100.00