The Arabs in Tripoli. With Illustrations Specially Drawn by H. Seppings Wright.
London, John Murray, 1912. 14.5 cm x 22.5 cm Frontispiece, VII, 314 pages. 8 illustrations including frontispiece. Hardcover [publisher’s original brown cloth] with gilt lettering on spine. Front board with photographic inlay of desert caravan scene. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Interior is clean and bright. Occasional foxing. Illegible notation on front endpaper.
Includes, for example, the following: The Frontier of Tripoli and Tunis / Spahis at the Fort / Arabic dialects / Reception at Rigdalin / Bimbashi Musa Mehemet / Turkish outposts / The camp of Ain Zara / Ferhat Bey / Opinion of a Texan barkeeper Sheikh Barouni War Lord of the Mountains / Beauty of Nomad Women / A visit to Ferhat Bey / Thaif Ullah / Senati Beni Adhem / Greed of the Zepter / Horse dealing / A war party under Taher Bey / The Berber problem / A Berber Hostess / The Firbolgs / A mediaeval Arab castle / The Tobchi’s prayers / Life in Gharein / a Roman Arch / Sheikh Abdullah / Emin, the Syrian Arab / Italians routed / A Fezzani camp / Mehari riders / The German medical mission / The Afghan knife / The British mission / At Ajellak / The Italians bombard Zuara / Air-ships etc.
This book is a contemporary account of the early months of the Italian-Turkish War (1911-12)
Italy that, after the unification of the country in 1861, sought to consolidate its identity through colonial aspirations. Italy had acquired a special position in Somalia in 1888, and in the first decade of the 20th century it sought to dominate Tripoli as well. Tripoli – or rather the provinces of Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan that constituted the modern state of Libya – was the last remnants of the ailing Ottoman Empire in North Africa. Italy declared war on the Sublime Porte in September 1911. Early Italian successes – the war was one of the first in which land, sea, AND air force was used – highlighted the weakness of the Ottomans, which had consequences for the balance of power in the Balkans, and subsequently for the Great Powers in the immediate lead up to the Great War. Local and an international Pan-Islamic resistance to the Italian invasion and harsh military rule ensured that Rome was faced with a costly and bloody colonial war for years to come. (‘Libya’s Wars’, The American Interest)