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Rare handbooks of the British naval intelligence division on Arabia, Palestine, and Syria

Syria. April 1943.
(2) IDEM. Palestine and Transjordan. December 1943.
(3) IDEM. Western Arabia and the Red Sea. June 1943.
Stationery Office, University Press Oxford, 1943-1946.
3 volumes. Many plates, tables and photographs. Each volume including separate fold-out maps, one in colour. Contemporary green cloth with the title in gold on the front boards and the spines. [2], XVI, 485, [1]; [2], XV, [1], 621, [1]; [2], XIX, [1], 659, [1] pp.
€ 1,750
Three British military manuals on Western Arabia, Syria, Palestine and todays Jordan, their people, culture, history and peculiarities. In 1915, the Naval Intelligence Division of the Admiralty established a Geographical Section with the purpose of creating Geographical Handbooks covering different regions across the globe. The primary aim of these handbooks was to provide well-researched and expertly organised material that could be used for analysing naval, military, and political matters, distinct from the actual examination of those issues. The demand for these publications grew rapidly with each new release, garnering a strong reputation for their precision and unbiased nature. These handbooks are currently housed in various Service Establishments and Embassies worldwide. In the years immediately following the last World War, they were extensively utilised by the League of Nations.
Two volumes with exlibris and library stamp of the Dutch Institute for the Near East. The binding shows some signs of wear, internally somewhat foxed. Otherwise, all three volumes are in good condition. WorldCat 215294584, 310922048, 481990339.
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