Anatolica. Harry Charles LUKE.


London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1924. First edition. 8vo. xii, 210, (4) pp. Publisher's blue cloth, gilt lettered to the spine and with a circular gilt vignette to the upper board, inscribed to "G.F. Clayton from the Author" on the front pastedown with an author's compliments slip loosely inserted. Colour frontispiece, 40 black and white photographic plates and a folding map to the rear. Small tear to the upper joint, else very good. Sir Gilbert Falkingham Clayton (1875-1929) was a career soldier and spent much time serving in north Africa in the early years of the 20th century. It was this experience which led to him being appointed head of the Arab Bureau in Cairo at the outbreak of the First World War and becoming a strong advocate for British support for the Arabs in the fight to unseat the Ottoman Empire from its control of the region. T.E. Lawrence was notably one of his subordinates at this time and he wrote of Clayton in the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom": "[He] made the perfect leader for such a band of wild men as we were. He was calm, detached, clear-sighted, of unconscious courage in assuming responsibility". After the war Clayton held several senior administrative roles in the British colonial service in the Middle East, conducting high level negotiations with the competing local rulers and brokering a number of treaties. In a region fraught with disagreements and tension in the vacuum left by the collapse of the Ottoman Empire Clayton "succeeded through tact, loyalty, keen observation, and deft management of information and personalities". (ODNB) Sir Harry Charles Luke's career as a British colonial administrator saw him undertake posts all across the Levant, Middle East and Caucasus, principally in Turkey and Palestine. It was said that he "had a penchant for taking jobs just when they were becoming awkward" (ODNB), unsurprising given the region and the period that he lived in. Item #28129

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