A small collection of printed items relating to the geologist Charles Alexander McMahon (1830-1904), and a few photographs relating to his son Sir Henry McMahon (1862-1949), [c.1877-1911] (small quantity)
Charles McMahon was an army officer in India, who midway through his career transferred his interest to geology. The collection includes offprints of some of his contributions to the Journal of the Geological Society and the Records of the Geological Survey of India, from as early as 1877, one inscribed with love (presumably to his son) and a collection inscribed by Sir Henry McMahon to another member of the family. McMahon's son, later Sir Henry spent most of his life on the North West Frontier (eg. political agent in Gilgit and Chitral), in Afghanistan (several photographs relate to when he served in Sistan as a commissioner to determine the Afghan-Persian border), in Baluchistan (collection includes numbers of the Baluchistan Gazette reporting his final Durbar), and was master of ceremonies during the visit of George V to India in 1911 (photograph with staff). He was British plenipotentiary for the treaty regarding Tibet between Britain, China, and Tibet in 191314 (the unsigned Simla convention). During World War I he concluded the controversial McMahon-Hussein treaty which promised Arab independence in exchange for an uprising against the Turks. See illustration overleaf.