LAWRENCE, T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom ... The Complete 1922 Text, edited by Jeremy Wilson. Fordingbridge: Castle Hill Press, 1997. 2 text volumes, one volume of illustrations, and one portfolio of plates, 4°. 2 colour-printed folding maps, colour-printed and monochrome illustrations, some full-page, 41 colour-printed and monochrome plates after proofs of the portraits, bound by The Fine Bindery, the text volumes in blue and tan crushed morocco with inlaid marbled calf panels, ruled in gilt and black, designed by Glenn Bartley, titled in gilt on the spines, black suede free endleaves, g.e. and the illustration volume in black crushed morocco, ruled in blind, gilt edges, all within a cloth folding box with gilt morocco lettering-piece. LIMITED TO 752 SETS, THIS NUMBER 15 OF 20 IN INLAID BINDINGS.
T.E. LAWRENCE. Seven Pillars of Wisdom ... 1922 and 1926 Texts edited by Jeremy Wilson. Fordingbridge: Castle Hill Press, 1997. 3 volumes, 4°, printed in double columns, brown morocco-backed boards by The Fine Bindery, t.e.g. all within a cloth folding box with gilt morocco lettering-piece. LIMITED TO 37 SETS, THIS NUMBER 15 OF 20 BOUND IN MOROCCO-BACKED BOARDS.
Provenance: Blackwell's, booksellers (loosely-inserted receipt dated 27 April 1998). The first 20 sets of this edition of the text of the 1922 'Oxford' first edition (of which only six of the eight copies survive complete) were accompanied by the parallel text edition, in which the texts of the 'Oxford' and 1926 'Subscribers' ' (or 'Cranwell') editions are printed side-by-side, showing the evolution of the text. Lawrence had circulated the proofs of the 'Oxford' edition to a circle of friends which included E.M. Forster, Thomas Hardy and Siegfried Sassoon, and, as a result of their comments, had reduced the book from around 330,000 words to 'some 280,000', resulting in a text that was 'swifter and more pungent' ([T.E. Lawrence] 'T.E. Shaw' Some Notes on the Writing of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, p.). (7)