New in new dust jacket. This mint, First Edition, 1st printing, HARDBACK, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2009, has a mint, unclipped dust jacket with an extra bespoke, clear, acid-free slipcover. The cover is sang-de-boeuf boards with gilt lettering to the spine. The book size is 6.25" w x 9.5" h with 33 maps, 66 illustrations, notes, an index and 494 pristine pages on high quality paper. ISBN 0297844814. "At 073028 Lawrence arrived, in a state of acute anxiety, accompanied by 'officials' of the Sherifial forces, including Sherif Nasir of Medina and Nuri as-Said, Feisal's chief of staff. They were greeted with scenes of exultation (at least, according to TEL's account in REVOLT IN THE DESERT. In the much more comprehensive SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM he had spoken of 'the quietness and emptiness of the streets', the people standing almost silently, 'joy shining in their eyes' as he passed by in 'Blue Mist', his Rolls-Royce armoured car. When his party arrived at the city hall it was to find the Abd el Kader brothers still in authority, and he immediately ordered them removed and 'the goodhearted' Shukri al Ayyubi, a Damascene supporter of Hussein, installed in their place. When Chauvel later asked on what authority he had done that he lied brazenly, and told him that it had been by popular acclaim of the citizens. It was a textbook example of striking while the iron was hot, of course, and one has to admire Lawrence's presence of mind, but there was absolutely no legal basis for it, and it was to be the source of much suffering to come, when the French insisted on the terms of the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1915 being fulfilled, and Syria falling into their bailiwick, and expelled Feisal, who had in the meantime been declared king. In any event, and whatever the legality of the situation, with the Arabs installed, the real conquerors could now enter the city formally, and on 2 October Chauvel, with Barrow, Macandrew and Hodgson, each with representatives of their staffs, one squadron per regiment and one horse-artillery battery per division, marched through its streets. The next day Feisal himself, with his large entourage, arrived outside the city, and Lawrence requested that he be allowed to enter in triumph. Allenby himself had by now arrived, and his schedule did not allow for ceremonials. Instead he summoned Feisal et al. to the Hotel Victoria and informed him that the procedures laid down in the Sykes-Picot Agreement would be followed; in other words, that the French were to have Syria, and that the 'prince' would administer it on behalf of his father under their guidance (and that he would have no say over the affairs of the Lebanon). Feisal objected in the strongest terms, and when Allenby turned to Lawrence and enquired why he was so incensed, Lawrence simply dissembled. He had no idea that the French were to have the protectorate over Syria, he said, nor that the Lebanon was to be specifically excepted from any sphere of influence Feisal might have. Feisal and his retinue then withdrew, leaving Lawrence behind. He was unwilling to serve under a French 'adviser', he told Allenby, and requested permission to take his accumulated leave and return to London. Allenby agreed… . ( pg. 388 )
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