Orientations. Ronald Storrs.


London: Ivor Nicholson & Watson Limited, 1937.

First edition. Frontispiece portrait of Storrs by Kennington, two maps (one folding, one in text) in addition to endpapers, 13 plates. Pp. [xviii], 624. 1 vols. 8vo. Original black cloth, map endpapers. Very good plus (spine ends bumped), a clean sound copy lacking the dust jacket. O'Brien F1004; Baxter “Annotated Checklist…Lawrence” XIV 14a. Item #308278

Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank “To Ruth Mandalay, [tag in Greek] Ronald Storrs, 1937”

Erudite and accomplished diplomat Sir Ronald Storrs was Oriental Secretary at the British agency in Cairo, under Sir Eldon Gorst, and then Lord Kitchener and Sir Henry McMahon. It was from Cairo that the revolt in the Hejaz was funded, orchestrated, and joined to British strategy in the Middle East. It was Storrs the political officer who brought Lawrence to the conference at Jiddah, for his company as well as his judgment. And it was Lawrence who then impressed the Arab leaders, played his spectacular role as the revolt succeeded, and then entered into the mythology of the twentieth century.

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