Revolt in the Desert.London: Jonathan Cape, 1927 Stock Code: 116543
First edition, third impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing love & gratitude from Eric & Celandine April 1927", and Celandine's transcription of Lawrence's dedicatory poem to the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, "To S.A.", on the title verso.
Kennington was the art editor for the Cranwell edition of the Seven Pillars (1926) and contributed seven of the portraits reproduced in Revolt in the Desert. The abridgement was officially published in March 1927, though Kennington's inscription in this copy indicates that the book had already reached its third impression before this date. All three of these apparently pre-publication impressions were soon sold out, and two more were quickly added.
Quarto. Original tan buckram, spine lettered in gilt, publisher's device to rear board in blind, top edge red-brown, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. With dust jacket.
Title page printed in red and black, portrait frontispiece, 15 further plates by Augustus John, Eric Kennington and others, laid-in tissue guards, folding map printed in red and black to rear.
Spine gently rolled, tips lightly bumped, a few trivial marks to covers, small portion of cockling to rear. A very good, clean copy in the slightly chipped and soiled dust jacket.
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