LAWRENCE, T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph. [London: Privately Printed], 1926.
4o (253 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 (linen-backed at time of binding), 58 illustrations in text, one colored, by Roberts, Nash, Kennington, Blair-Hughes-Stanton, Gerturde Hermes and others, initials by Edward Wadsworth. Contemporary full black morocco, spine in six compartments with five gilt-ruled bands, gilt-lettered in one, original endpapers by Kennington, top edge gilt, others uncut, by Best (minor rubbing to extremities). Provenance: Edward Garnett (signature and date "December 1926"); his son, novelist David Garnett (signature and date "July 1927"); Michael Browne Rich (gift inscription from his wife).
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.
SEVEN PILLARS EDITOR, EDWARD GARNETT'S COPY
The novelist, playwright and critic, Edward Garnett (1868-1937) was best known as editorial adviser to Jonathan Cape Ltd., who "discovered" Joseph Conrad, and encouraged numerous authors, including D.H. Lawrence and E.M. Forster. The two met when Lawrence contacted Cape, while trying to find a publisher for Doughty's Arabia Deserta. "Lawrence approached Garnett in 1921 and asked him to read the 'Oxford' draft of Seven Pillars. Garnett was impressed with the work, and wanted to help with its publication" (Wilson, p. 153). He worked on an abridgment of the Oxford text during the autumn of 1922, but the version was never published. It was Garnett, along with G.B. Shaw and E.M. Forster, who Lawrence turned to for literary advice for the 1926 Subscriber's Edition. In appreciation for all his encouragement, Lawrence dedicated The Mint to Garnett, as well as presented him with the original manuscript.
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 some copies illustrating the dedicatory poem; see previous lot). 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. AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY.