The Silver Crescent.

De Chair, Somerset.

Book ID: 10484


Small 4to. 126 pp., [1], frontis. b/w plates, endpaper maps, original quarter morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, title gilt on raised spine, published by permission of the War Office, cloth boards lightly soiled, otherwise copy clean inside and in very good condition, The Golden Cockerel Press, London, 1943.


This edition is limited to 500 copies, of which numbers 1-30 are bound in full morocco, numbers 31-500 in quarter morocco. This copy is numbered 132 in pencil.
Somerset de Chair (1911-1995) was an English author, politician, poet and an Intelligence Officer with “Kingcol”, a Flying Column. He was sent with his column from Palestine to Baghdad to deal with the effects of the “Golden Square” coup amongst nationalist Iraqi military officers. Their operation was a complete success with Baghdad falling on 30 May 1941. The book covers this mission and subsequent operations in Syria.

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