Mark Sykes. His Life and Letters. With a Foreword by Winston Churchill. Winston S. CHURCHILL, Shane LESLIE.

Mark Sykes. His Life and Letters. With a Foreword by Winston Churchill.

London: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1923. [Military biography] FIRST EDITION. Quarto (23 x 16cm), pp.308. Illustrated. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper. Browning to flyleaves, some spotting to contents, covers moderately handled. Very good. Colonel Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet was an English traveller, Conservative Party politician and diplomatic advisor, particularly about matters respecting the Middle East at the time of World War I. A protege of Lord Kitchener and contemporary of Lawrence of Arabia, Sykes worked at the War Office advising the Cabinet on Middle Eastern affairs; at his instigation the Arab Bureau was created, and it was Sykes who revived ancient Greek and Roman names for Middle Eastern regions, such as 'Syria', 'Palestine' 'Iraq' and 'Mesopotamia'. He also designed the Flag of the Arab Revolt. Sykes died prematurely in Paris, 1919, while involved in Peace negotiations; he was a victim of the Spanish flu pandemic. In 2008, it was agreed to exhume his body; his remains were of interest to virologists as he had been buried in a lead-lined coffin, thought likely to have preserved Spanish Flu viral particles intact. Samples taken were to be used for research in the quest to develop defences against the swine flu and future flu pandemics. Item #54514

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