London: Jonathan Cape, 1935. First published edition, no. 185 of 750 DELUXE COPIES. Illustrated. 672 pp. 1 vols. 4to. Quarter pigskin over brown buckram with crossed swords in gilt to front panel, titled in gilt to backstrip, Cockerel marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Foot of spine faintly rubbed, professionally conserved. Very good copy, lacking the plain paper wrapper. Bookplate of the bibliographical library of Lawrence scholar J.M. Wilson and his signature at head of limitation leaf. First published edition, no. 185 of 750 DELUXE COPIES. Illustrated. 672 pp. 1 vols. 4to. J.M. Wilson's Copy. Lawrence's superb narrative of the Arab Revolt of 1916-1918. Invited by Sir Reginald Storrs to the British organized conference at Jiddah, Lawrence impressed the Arab leaders, and thereafter played his spectacular role as the revolt succeeded, entering into the mythology of the twentieth century. His account is itself one of the legendary books of the 1920s, rewritten after the first manuscript was lost, obsessively revised, privately printed in 1926, and only published in 1935 after Lawrence's death.A choice copy of the deluxe state of the Cape edition, which includes facsimiles and color plates not present in the trade issue.With interesting provenance, from the library of J.M. Wilson, one of the great champions of Lawrence in the late twentieth century. O'Brien A041 (Inventory #: 302457)
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