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WW1 Naval Staff Intelligence Handbook | Siberia and Arctic Russia

Naval Staff Intelligence Handbook of Siberia (1918)

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A very rare, original, WW1 1918 edition of volume one of the British Naval Staff Intelligence Department Handbook of Siberia and Arctic Russia. Classified as secret, and with a very restricted circulation, this handbook was part of a three volume set produced during WW1 for official use only. Its use was covered by the Official Secrets Act. It is a very detailed and comprehensive survey of all that was known at the time about the topography, peoples, customs, climate, religions, railways, transport, agriculture, natural resources, and industry of Siberia and Arctic Russia in 1918. This book is an invaluable reference work for anyone interested in this region during the First World War.

(A complete three volume set of the Handbook of Siberia sold at Christies in New York in 2017 for $1250)

Naval Staff Intelligence Department: The Naval Intelligence Division (NID) was created as part of the Admiralty War Staff in 1912, and was the intelligence arm of the British Admiralty before the establishment of a unified Defence Intelligence Staff in 1964. It dealt with matters concerning British naval plans, and with the collection of naval intelligence. It was also known as "Room 39", after its room number at the Admiralty. The department produced a series of handbooks during WW1 to aid the allied war effort and provide intelligence for officers in all branches of the armed services.


In good condition. The boards are in good condition, with signs of wear at the top and bottom of the spine, and some label removal marks to the front board. The binding and hinges are good and secure, the front hinge having been carefully reinforced with archival paper tape. The text is in very good condition, with a Ministry of Defence ‘Withdrawn’ ink stamp to the title page. The map that should be in the pocket at the rear is missing.

Published: 1918
Blue boards with gilt titling
Dimensions: 125mm x 185mm
Pages: 384