SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM
Lawrence, T. E.
Price: 795.00 USD
(Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1935), SCARCE FIRST EDITION IN DUST-JACKET OF ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST PERSONAL MILITARY BIOGRAPHIES OF THE CENTURY. Lawrence, in relating the history of his involvement in the Arab revolt against Ottoman rule during the First World War, produced a true literary classic. Winston Churchill said of the book, "[It] ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language." Its fame was further secured by Hollywood: "Lawrence of Arabia," starring Peter O'Toole, was based upon the book. This is a splendid, handsome copy of an enduring masterpiece. A personal narrative of the revolt of Arab armies against the Turks during the First World War, SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM stands as a monument of modern literature and history. Bernard Shaw described the book as one of the greatest of our time. Any earlier printing of SEVEN PILLARS was done either for private distribution, or printed in a very small limitation primarily for copyright purposes. Any of these issues is now very scarce. This is the first edition that was printed for general circulation. First Trade and First Published Edition for general circulation, the American issue by Doubleday from the English setting. Illustrated as the English issue, with the 48 full page illustrations reproduced from the privately printed edition in black and white. Thick, royal 8vo, publisher's original polished gray/brown buckram lettered and decorated in gilt, upper cover with crossed swords motif in gilt. IN THE ORIGINAL DUSTJACKET, illustrated with pencil sketch style portrait of Lawrence and lettered in red and black, the back cover blank as in earliest states. 672 pp. The book is a fine copy, the jacket very handsome and especially well preserved with only slight edgewear or evidence of age.
- By This Author: Lawrence, T. E.
- By This Publisher: (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1935)