Lawrence and the Arabs
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"Graves' poems are, however, really good. T.E.S."
Lawrence and the Arabs

INSCRIBED BY LAWRENCE, 1927

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Lawrence and the Arabs
Inscribed by Lawrence, 1927
GRAVES, Robert (1895-1985). Lawrence and the Arabs. London: Jonathan Cape, [1927].

T.E. Lawrence's first edition copy of his own biography, inscribed and signed by him on the front free endpaper: "I kept this, & read it, without too many bad moments, before sending it to you, as I promised. Graves' poems are, however, really good. T.E.S." Robert Graves's biography of his friend was one of two authorized by Lawrence. It was also Graves's first work of non-fiction, written at age 31 and published two years before Goodbye To All That. Reese Graves 25.

Octavo. Illustrated with plates. Publisher's advertisement slip tipped in before index. Publisher's orange cloth; spine gilt-lettered (mild soiling and lean, tips just showing). Custom chemise and morocco-backed case. Provenance: T.E. Shaw, a.k.a. T.E. Lawrence, 1888-1935 (presentation inscription to "GMD:K.") – E.H. Mills (leather bookplate) – Doris Louise Benz (morocco bookplate, her sale 16 November 1984, lot 264), purchased by William S. Reese in that sale.

Exhibited: "Robert Graves: A Centennial Exhibition ... from the Collection of William S. Reese," the Grolier Club of New York, spring 1995, no. 25.

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