Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph
The first trade edition of T E Lawrence's classic work
First trade edition, hardback bound in the original brown cloth with gilt titling and design to spine and upper board. Page edges untrimmed. 26 × 20cm, 672pp.
'The story I have to tell,' wrote T. E. Lawrence, 'is one of the most splendid ever given for the telling.' It is no over-statement: the tale of a stranger from a far-off world who arrives among an oppressed people, adopts their ways as if born to them, and helps to lead them to freedom against terrible odds, is the stuff of legend. And legend Lawrence became.
In 1918 Lawrence rode into Damascus at the head of a victorious Arab army. Though his active service had lasted only two years—from 1916—in that brief period he rescued the Arab Revolt from oblivion, formulated modern guerrilla warfare almost single-handedly and helped the Arabs to defeat Ottoman overlords who had dominated them for four hundred years. His account of that desert campaign is every bit as gripping as the legend suggests: with his small band of Bedouin, he organised raiding parties to attack the Hejaz railway, laid mines, led camel charges and melted back into the desert where the Turks could not follow. T. E. Lawrence's most famous triumph, the capture of the port of Akaba, ranks among the most brilliant operations in British military history.
The spine and top 4.5cm of the upper board have sun fading as can be seen in the images but otherwise this is a very strong copy. The cloth is in good order, the inner binding secure. The main body of text is in good, clean condition and all plates are present. Previous owner's neat gift inscription to ffep.Sold