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Spain and Portugal

By Progessor K Mason (Editor)

1941-45 - Oxford - Naval Intelligence Division

9" by 6"; xi, 264pp; xvi, 450pp; xviii, 680pp; xv, 371pp

 

 

DETAILS

The complete four volumes of the Naval Intelligence Division's geographical handbook of Spain and Portugal.

This set was published for select persons in HM's service, as stated to the verso of title page to volume I. 'This Book is for the use of persons in H.M. Service only and must not be shown, or made available to the Press or to any member of the public.' To volumes II, III and IV a further note has been pasted over this to state 'This volume was produced and printed for official purposes during the war 1939/45'.

They were originally printed as a restricted text for the Geographical Handbook Series of the Naval Intelligence Division for official use only during the Second World War. During the First World War handbooks were produced to supply information about various countries. These handbooks discussed the naval, military and political problems alongside geographical reports. By the end of the First World War upwards of fifty volumes were produced. However, many countries closely affected in the Second World War did not have handbooks, for example Germany, France, Spain, Poland and Portugal. Therefore, for the Second World War this new series of handbooks were produced.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide Commanding Officers with comprehensive information on certain countries in a convenient form which they may be called upon to visit both during war and peace-time. They are also intended to maintain a high standard of education in the Navy.

This particular set were published from 1941-45 and were prepared by the Oxford sub-centre of the Naval Intelligence Division. It was done under the direction of Lieut-Colonel K Mason, Professor of Geography in the University of Oxford. The authors are R P Beckinsale, Sheila De Sa and E W Gilbert, .

The volumes have a plethora of photographs, maps and diagrams, both folding plates, vignettes and normal plates. All of which are present. There is a large folding map to the rear pocket of volume I.

Volume I is the peninsula, volume II Portugal, volume III, Spain and volume IV The Atlantic Islands.

CONDITION

In half calf bindings. Externally, lovely with minor shelfwear and handling marks. Internally, firmly bound. Institutional stamps from New College, Oxford to volumes II, III and IV. To volume I there are institutional stamps from British Council Library. To volumes II, III and IV an additional label has been adhered over the note to the verso of the title page stating 'This volume was produced and printed for official purposes during the war 1939/45'. Pages are generally bright and clean. Overall: NEAR FINE.


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