Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, 1914-1915. The Wilderness of Zin.
(Archaeological Report.) With a Chapter on the Greek Inscriptions by M. N. Tod.London: by order of the Committee, 1915 Stock Code: 103359
First edition, sole printing, in the second issue binding without the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February of 1914 Lawrence and Leonard Woolley (the archaeologist who would later excavate Ur), together with a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsula. The Negev was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, and the survey was a military venture in the guise of an archaeological expedition, preparation for the war the British believed was imminent. Publication in the respected academic journal of the Palestine Exploration Fund was a whitewash to disguise the military nature of the undertaking. The Wilderness of Zin was Lawrence's first work to appear in book form.
Quarto. Original quarter blue cloth, grey boards, titles to spine gilt and to front board in black.
Folding plan and 37 plates.
Contemporary bookseller's ticket to front free endpaper; small inscription to rear pastedown. Spine a little faded, boards with a few scuffs and spots, front board slightly worn at corners, faint foxing to endpapers. An excellent copy with exceptionally bright contents.
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