I have been travelling for the last few weeks and away from the bookshop. I found this just before I left and was intrigued. Several years ago I had a junior doctor working with me who was from Iraq. She told me ‘Baghdad used to be like Paris’. This book is the third edition of one first published in 1942. The foreword begins…’The demand for guides to the principal ancient sites of Iraq has greatly increased with the advent of British troops to the country…’ (they arrived during the First World War). This resonates with the current situation in the Middle East where war not only means loss of life but as we are seeing in Syria, loss of ancient sites and buildings. The book covers the ancient cities, the legends of Babylon and some history. It has black and white plates and some maps.
There is a map of Baghdad on both front and back endpapers.
I wonder how many of the cities featured in this book are still in existence.