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Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
LAWRENCE, T. E.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.

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Published: [London Privately printed by Manning Pike and H. J. Hodgson,] 1926

Stock Code: 93169

£65,000
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OR On display in Exhibit

Notes

One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is in the usual state, with page XV mispaginated as VIII and as often without the two Paul Nash illustrations called for on pages 92 and 208; nor does it have the Blair Hughes-Stanton wood engraving illustrating the dedicatory poem found in only five copies. However, it does include the "Prickly Pear" plate, not called for in the list of illustrations. A superb copy of Lawrence's sumptuously-produced account of his role in the Arab Revolt, his "big book". In a letter to George Bernard Shaw he described it as an effort to combine 'record of fact' and 'work of art', "to make history an imaginative thing" (Karachi, 7/5/28), as Lawrence James, in his ODNB biography of him puts it, Lawrence created, "a personal, emotional narrative of the Arab revolt in which he 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".

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Description

Quarto (252 x 187 mm). Original dark green full morocco by Roger de Coverly & Sons, title gilt to the spine, five bands with five small gilt dots equally spaced, double fillet panels to the compartments, similar panels to the boards with star and drawer-handle roundels to the corners, centre-tool of a lozenge with writhen strapwork, top edge gilt, the others uncut, single fillet gilt edge-roll and to the turn-ins, pictorial endpapers after Kennington. Housed in a green quarter morocco book-style drop-back box, pale grey cloth, title gilt to the spine, pale grey cloth chemise.

Illustrations

66 plates printed by Whittingham & Griggs, including frontispiece portrait of Feisal by Augustus John, many coloured or tinted, 4 of them double-page, by Eric Kennington, William Roberts, Augustus John, William Nicholson, Paul Nash and others, 4 folding c

Condition

Very light shelf-wear, head-cap just slightly pulled, frontispiece map a touch rolled at the fore-edge, internally very clean and fresh, only the occasional leaf with a pale hint of foxing, overall an extremely bright copy in a very attractive binding.

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