Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
A Triumph.New York, Doubleday Doran, 1935 Stock Code: 127241
NotesFirst procurable U.S. edition, first printing, number 170 of 750 copies (second overall; the first American edition was published in 1926 in a tiny edition of just 22 copies, only 10 of which were nominally for sale at 20,000, purely to establish copyright). "Lawrence had taken part in the preliminary planning of the Arab uprising and, in October 1916, was ordered to Jiddah to assess the military situation. What followed is recorded in Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a personal, emotional narrative of the Arab revolt in which Lawrence reveals how by sheer willpower he made history. It was a testimony to his vision and persistence and a fulfilment of his desire to write an epic which might stand comparison in scale and linguistic elegance with his beloved Morte d'Arthur and C. M. Doughty's Arabia deserta. Subtitled 'A triumph', its climax is the Arab liberation of Damascus, a victory which successfully concludes a gruelling campaign and vindicates Lawrence's faith in the Arabs. In a way Seven Pillars is a sort of Pilgrim's Progress, with Lawrence as Christian, a figure sustained by his faith in the Arabs, successively overcoming physical and moral obstacles" (ODNB).
Large octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in tan morocco, title and decoration to spine, single rule to boards, Eric Kennington's crossed swords blocked to front board, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
With a portrait frontispiece, 3 pages of facsimile manuscript, 4 folding maps and 53 illustrations, including 6 black and white text illustrations and 4 colour plates.
A fine copy.
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