Iraq, Government of: Maps of Iraq with notes for visitors […] London, Waterlow and Sons, Ltd., 1929. Folio, Second Edition, Revised & Enlarged, pp.34, with photographic frontispiece (the arch at Ctesiphon) and 9 large folding maps as usual (not 8 as called for, including maps of Baghdad, Basra and the ancient sites; the additional map covers the Arbil-Rayat Road, public works completed 1930); trivial spotting, mosrly marginal. Red publisher’s cloth with title lettered in gilt on the upper cover (a label on the front pastedown specifies: “the solution used in binding this book has been specially prepared to render the work impervious to the ravages of insects”), minor wear.
Iraq had been part of the Ottoman Empire, but was administered by Britain through a League of Nations mandate for a decade or so after the First World War. Our atlas was printed towards the end of this period of direct British rule, although a strong British presence in the country was maintained for decades to come.