London: Martin Secker & Warburg, 1937. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 320p, with 18 b/w photos by the author. INSCRIBED BY HERBERT MATTHEWS. The young but already well-known New York Times correspondent warmly inscribed this book in Paris on May 8, 1937 to Lenore Friedrich "because she was nice and didn't discourage me". A hardcover book in fine condition with a good dustjacket; the jacket has a traingular half-inch chip at the top of its spine. Item #1232993
Scarce account of the Italian conquest of Ethiopia. The 1935 Italian invasion of Ethipoia (Abyssinia) was part of Mussolini's plans to create an Italian Empire and is considered to be a precursor to the Second World War. Hervert Matthews at the time was a younbg New York Times foreign correspondent who had already gained fame for his reporting of the Spanish Civil War. He traveled with the Italian Army and wrote this adventurous account of his experiences in one of the last colonial wars. Matthews would later become well-known for his coverage of Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. This early work is a scarce account of a war which was quickly overshadowed by WWII. This is a fine example in the rare dustjacket with a nice personal inscription from the author.