LAWRENCE, T.E. (1888-1935). Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph. [London: Privately Printed], 1926.
4o (254 x 191 mm). Printed in red and black. 66 plates, including frontispiece portrait of Feisal by Augustus John, many colored or tinted, 4 double-page, by Eric Kennington, William Roberts, Augustus John, William Nicholson, Paul Nash and others, 4 folding colored maps (without linen backing), 58 illustrations in text, one colored, by Roberts, Nash, Kennington, Blair-Hughes-Stanton, Gerturde Hermes and others, initials by Edward Wadsworth. Contemporary dark blue stained pigskin, spine gilt-lettered, original endpapers by Kennington, top edge gilt, others uncut, by Best; cloth chemise and folding slipcase.
PRIVATELY PRINTED SUBSCRIBERS' 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. The present copy includes the 'Prickly Pear' plate, but not the two Paul Nash illustrations called for on pages 92 and 208, or the Blair-Hughes-Stanton wood engraving that in some copies illustrated the dedicatory poem. In this copy, page XV is mis-paginated as VIII. This copy contains 3 Hejaz postage stamps (1916) designed by Lawrence mounted on front flyleaf. These stamps were issued as propaganda to demonstrate the success of the Arab Revolt. Their designs were adapted from panels on the doors of the Mosque at Cairo, a page of the Koran, and details from an ancient prayer niche in the Mosque at Upper Egypt, respectively. With carbons of two Lawrence typed letters and other correspondence relating to Seven Pillars from the Bookseller, Philip C. Duschnes laid in. Clements p. 49 (stating that "only about 100 copies were produced at 30 guineas each"); O'Brien A040. VERY FINE.