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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 538

    LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward (1888-1935). Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph. [London: Privately Printed], 1926.

    Price Realised  

    LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward (1888-1935). Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph. [London: Privately Printed], 1926.

    4o (253 x 194 mm). Printed in red and black, 66 plates (4 double-page) including frontispiece portrait of Feisal by Augustus John, Eric Kennington, William Roberts, William Nicholson, Paul Nash and others, and from photographs; 4 (ie 2 duplicates) folding colored maps, 58 illustrations in text, one colored, by Roberts, Nash, Kennington, Blair-Hughes-Stanton, Gerturde Hermes and others, initials by Edward Wadsworth (frontispiece map creased, all folding maps with linen reinforcement at folds on verso.) (Some marginal spotting.) Scarlet morocco, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in one, by BEST, pictorial endpapers by Eric Kennington (one or two tiny marks); cloth slipcase. Provenance: Spiro Family Collection (penciled notation "HS.SP1" on the recto of the first blank).

    "...A PERSONAL NARRATIVE, PIECED OUT OF MEMORY" (Lawrence).

    PRIVATELY PRINTED EDITION, limited to about 170 "complete" subscriber's copies, INSCRIBED BY LAWRENCE on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with a single additional manuscript correction to the illustration list: a neat line drawn through "Roberts" as the artist for the illustration "gad-fly" on p. 40 and substituted with "K" for Kennington.

    AN EXTREMELY HANDSOME COPY of the "Cranwell" edition. This copy includes the "Prickly Pear" plate, but the Paul Nash illustrations called for on pages 92 and 208 only appear on pages 607 and 644, without the extra Blair-Hughes-Stanton wood engraving (found in some copies illustrating the dedicatory poem). In this copy, page XV is mis-paginated as VIII. Clements p. 49 (stating that "only about 100 copies were produced at 30 guineas each"); O'Brien A040.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE SPIRO FAMILY COLLECTION