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: 108832
First edition, first issue binding with the full stop after the date on the spine. During January and February 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 dark blue quarter cloth, grey boards, titles to spine gilt and to front board in black.
37 plates to rear with tissue-guards laid in, several plans and illustrations to the text of which 7 full-page and one folding.
Slightly sunned overall, corners bumped and rubbed, a few faint scuff-marks to boards, light spotting to edges and endpapers. A very good copy.
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