Lawrence, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

T. E. Lawrence

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Lawrence, T. E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph

Garden City NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1935. Hardback royal 8vo (10½” x 8”); first US edition thus. 672 pp. Brown cloth with gilt title to spine; crossed swords device and words “the sword also means clean-ness + death” in gilt to front board; brown stained top edge; untrimmed fore and bottom edges; black and white photographic frontispiece of plaster portrait sculpture of the author; 53 black and white illustrations including line drawings and lithographic plates reproducing photographs, pastels, oil paintings, and drawings in pencil, chalk, and ink; four maps. Beige dust jacket with pencil sketch of the author to front and rear panels; Vincent Sheean review to rear panel. Condition: Near fine. Slight wear; minor age-related paste action to front and rear endpapers; small bookseller’s label (Harry Hartman, Seattle) to ffep. Dust jacket condition: Very good plus. Sunning and one-inch damp stain to spine panel; price clipped; chipping to head and foot of spine panel; two ¼-inch closed tears to head of spine panel; one ¼-inch closed tear to lower rear near spine panel; ½-inch closed tear to upper front dust jacket flap. $500

First US edition “Published for General Circulation” subsequent to a private printing of 1926. Magisterial autobiographical account by T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) of his involvement in the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War; in a handsome, profusely-illustrated, early edition.

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