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MACLEAN, Fitzroy. Eastern approaches.

London. Jonathan Cape, 1949. First edition.
Small 8vo. 543pp, [1]. With three folding maps (of Central Asia, the Western Desert, and Yugoslavia), photographic frontispiece, and 11 further photographic plates (the final plate containing four illustrations). Original publisher's red cloth, gilt, with original dustwrapper displaying 15s price. Corners slightly bumped, else a fine copy. Some foxing to endpapers. Dustwrapper with some light spotting and marking, chipping and creasing to extremities.
A cornerstone twentieth-century military autobiography and classic of the 'derring-do' genre, it is little surprise that there is speculation that Ian Fleming modelled James Bond on the life of Major-General Sir Fitzroy Maclean (1911-96), Scottish soldier, writer and politician.

Eastern Approaches covers Maclean's time as a diplomat in Moscow (1937-9) during the outbreak of WW2, his resignation from the diplomatic service and enlistment as a private in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, his service in the newly formed Special Air Service in the Libyan desert, the capture of General Zahedi, commander of the Persian forces in Ispahan and his parachuting into Yugoslavia to act as Allied Forces liaison with Tito's partisan force.
£ 175.00 Antiquates Ref: 21188