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Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Stock Code 112585

London, Jonathan Cape, 1935

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First trade edition. An excellent example of T.E. Lawrence's classic memoir, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, in a smart vellum binding by Bumpus lettered in gilt to the spine.

Following his extraordinary military and diplomatic career in Arabia, and having already become a legendary figure in the public imagination, T.E. Lawrence purchased his Dorset cottage retreat Clouds Hill in 1924 to write his book about the war. The first draft of Seven Pillars was completed by November 1919, but was soon lost, according to the author, at Reading Station. A second draft was finished during 1922, and finally appeared as a private edition, reflecting Lawrence's love of fine printing, in 1926.

'Subtitled "A triumph", its climax is the Arab liberation of Damascus, a victory which successfully concludes a gruelling campaign and vindicates Lawrence's faith in the Arabs. In a way Seven Pillars is a sort of Pilgrim's Progress, with Lawrence, sustained by his faith in the Arabs, successively overcoming physical and moral obstacles' (ODNB).

First trade edition, first impression; 4to (25.5 x 20 cm); 4 folding maps printed in red and black, 54 plates including portrait frontispiece, a few ff unopened; vellum by Bumpus, yapp edges, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, other edges uncut, small split to rear endpaper, minor wear, a handsome copy; 672pp.

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

LAWRENCE, T.E.

Stock code: 112585

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