1st ed., 1917. Viii + 344 pp., frontis., + 10 photo & other plates + 3 maps + a further f.e.p., map. Red cloth with black ill., to front & gilt ; 19 x 13cm. Annotation to p.86 & small, neat owner's name & date (1917) to t-p. ; spine faded o/w V.G. The author was an officer at Kut when the city was besieged during the Mesopotamian campaign of World War I. This is a first-hand account of the historically-neglected siege that lasted from December 1915 until April 1916 when the city finally fell. He goes on to describe Kut after the surrender as well as his own fortunes which took him to Baghdad. Illustrated with a total of 11 plates and 4 maps. The SCARCE First Edition.