Edited by A. W. Lawrence. With photographs by the author.London : 1939 Stock Code: 134667
NotesFirst edition, first impression, of "one of the last of the 'literary remains' volumes" (O'Brien). This copy is from the library of author and biographer John Stewart Collis, with a neat ownership inscription to the front pastedown: "John Stewart Collis's copy, given to me after his death by Irene Collis". Collis was an admirer of Lawrence, and wrote in his best-known work While Following the Plough (1946) that he shared Lawrence's supposed desire "to rather write a great sentence than win a battle". Oriental Assembly contains: "The Diary of MCMXI; the first publication for the general public of the suppressed introductory chapter of Seven Pillars of Wisdom; two of Lawrence's newspaper/periodical articles; the preface to the Leicester Gallery catalogue; and 129 photos taken by Lawrence" (O'Brien).
Octavo. Original brown cloth, titles to spine in gilt, top edge black. With the dust jacket.
Frontispiece and 74 plates, illustrations in the text.
Spine very gently cocked, minimal rubbing to extremities; a near-fine copy in the jacket with lightly browned spine.
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