CHURCHILL, Winston S., intro.) BERMANN, Richard A.. The Mahdi of Allah. The Story of the Dervish Mohammed Ahmed. With an Introduction by The Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill.. London: Putnam, 1931, 1931.
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Description: Octavo. Original oatmeal-coloured cloth, gilt lettered spine. With the dust jacket. Ownersip inscription of W. T. C. Thallon (?) dated from Khartoum, 2 October 1945, on the front pastedown. Binding shaken, a few marks to top and fore-edges, back panel of jacket detached, some nicks and chips. With the printed slip tipped to the Dedication page. 15 plates from photographs, 2 maps. First English edition and the first edition with Churchill's introduction, originally published in German in the same year under the title Die Derwischtrommel (The Dervish Drum). Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a preliminary blank: "To Sir Henry Wellcome in admiration of his great Research and Archaeological work in the Sudan, Richard A. Berman, 15th Dec., 1933". The pharmacist and benefactor Sir Henry Wellcome (1853-1936) took a personal role in Sudanese research: "Wellcome's formidable energies were not confined to the establishment of medical research laboratories and museums: he encouraged and financed archaeological research in Africa and Palestine. At Jebel Moya, in the Sudan, he selected a late neolithic site where extensive excavations, which he himself directed for three years up to the outbreak of war in 1914, were carried out" (ODNB). An excellent association copy of a book not commonly found in the dust-jacket. Cohen B 47.1; Woods B17.
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