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    Sale 7652

    Exploration and Travel

    25 September 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 122

    THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE (1888-1935)

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    THOMAS EDWARD LAWRENCE (1888-1935)

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph. [London: Privately Printed], 1926. 4° (251 x 188mm). Printed in red and black. 66 plates, including frontispiece portrait of Feisal by Augustus John, many coloured or tinted, 4 double-page, by Eric Kennington, William Roberts, Augustus John, William Nicholson, Paul Nash and others; 4 folding coloured maps, 58 illustrations in text, one coloured, by Roberts, Nash, Kennington, Blair-Hughes-Stanton, Gerturde Hermes and others, initials by Edward Wadsworth. (Frontispiece map creased, maps with linen reinforcement at folds on verso, two text leaves with light marginal spotting.) Brown morocco by Roger de Coverley & Sons, covers with an outer mitred panel composed of a double gilt fillet sandwiching a blind rule, framing a panel border of stylized rosettes tooled in blind, enclosing a gilt double fillet panel intersected by a lozenge, gilt foliate tools at corners, spine in six compartments with five raised bands, gilt-lettered in one, gilt-bordered with central panel of stylized rosettes tooled in blind in the rest, pictorial endpapers with Eric Kennington illustrations (corners very slightly bumped, minute wear to extremities).

    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.

    This copy includes the 'Prickly Pear' plate, but not the two Paul Nash illustrations called for on pages 92 and 208, nor the extra Blair-Hughes-Stanton wood engraving (found in only a few 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.

    Loosely inserted is Lawrence's Some Notes on the Writing of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, n.p., n.d. [but London: 1927]. 4° (247 x 186mm). Bifolium, 4pp. (Very light dust soiling at fore-edge.) 'About 200 copies for distribution to subscribers' (O'Brien A039).


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