Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph.

Lawrence, T. E.

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Book ID: 7465


4 to. 672 pp, photographic portrait frontispiece, 53 plates and illustrations (of which 47 portraits by Kennington, Roberts, John and others), 4 in colour, 4 folding maps, partially uncut in publisher's quarter pigskin, buckram sides, upper edge gilt, appendix, index, minor shelf wear to spine extremities, otherwise clean and in very good condition. Limited edition to 750 copies of which this is No: 442, Jonathan Cape, London, 1935.


A beautifully produced book, well laid out, and containing the reproductions of the marvellous series of portraits by Eric Kennington, Will Roberts, Augustus John and others. All but six of these plates had to be pasted by hand. “The Study of T. E. Lawrence, the man, is only now beginning because his attributes, versatility and contributions to society are at last being fully appreciated. For too long he has been presented in the media as just a dashing soldier of fortune. A closer look at T. E. Lawrence reveals a fascinating man, a polymath; he was an acknowledged authority on the history of the Crusades, military history and archaeology, and an expert in guerilla warfare who was well-versed in intelligence operations. He wrote poetry and essays; he translated from Greek and French; and for a time he reviewed books regularly for a weekly journal. He had a great love of books and fine printing and at one time hoped to have his own press. He could consort happily with people in all walks of life and was much respected by those who knew him” (foreword by Edwards H. Metcalf to O’Brien’s bibliography). O’Brien A041

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