Bailey, F. M.: Mission to Tashkent.

Bailey, F. M. - Mission to Tashkent. Folio Society, 2000, 2nd impression. Introduced by Peter Hopkirk.

As the Russian revolution sent shock-waves around the world, the Central Asian city of Tashkent became a seething kettle of espionage, mistrust, and bloodshed, where a wrong word could result in a bullet in the head. Into this storm of internecine conflict went Colonel Bailey, a British spy of astonishing resourcefulness. His mission was to prevent Germany from gaining a foothold in Asia and changing the course of the Great War, but his adventures went far beyond this, beyond even the stuff of John Buchan's wildest dreams. Never knowing who was a friend, or who an enemy, he maintained five false identities; he volunteered for a mission to penetrate the walled city of Bokhara - where the last three agents had ended up with their throats slit; he narrowly escaped death, falling down a mountainside while on the run; and later, escaping to Persia across miles of unforgiving desert, he was even hired by the Bolsheviks to track himself down. Told with tremendous flair for suspense, Bailey's memoir is an astounding Story of adventure in the East. (Folio Society).

9½" x 6¼", 294pp plus 9 plates, quarter red cloth with paper covered sides printed, in colour, with a facsimile of the passport granted to Bailey by the Bolsheviks (identical front and back), gold spine lettering, hardback. Index. Illustrated with 17 sides of monochrome photographs, many of which were taken by Bailey.

Probably unread; fine; complete with fine slip-case.


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