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LAWRENCE, T.E.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.

Stock Code
106009
London, Jonathan Cape, 1935
£2,000

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 of Wisdom was completed by November 1919, but soon lost, according to the author, on 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).

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Description

Third English edition. number 118 of 750 copies, with a manuscript page of text III; 4to (26 x 20.5 cm); 4 folding maps, 54 portrait illustrations, patterned endpapers; publisher's pigskin-backed, brown buckram boards, gilt device on centre upper cover 'the sword also means clean-ness + death' between crossed swords, gilt lettering to spine, some wear to spine, corners rubbed, overall a very good copy.

Bibliography

O'Brien AO42.

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