London: Jonathan Cape, 1935. [Arabian Travel] FIRST TRADE EDITION, following the privately published edition of 1926. Quarto (26 x 21cm), pp.672. With fifty four illustrated plates and four folding maps. Complete with appendices and index. In publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt crossed scimitar motif to upper board reading 'The Revolt also means clean-ness + death'. Top edge brown, others untrimmed. Black ink ownership to front free endpaper, dated August 1935. Very light spotting to end matter, crease to half title page, map I separated along a fold but neatly reattached. Spine sunned, a few slight scuffs and marks to the cloth. An exceptionally clean copy. Very good. 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph' is the autobiographical account of the experiences of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia') while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. The author vowed "No further issue of the Seven Pillars will be made in my lifetime" when he faced bankruptcy following the privately printed edition of 1926. This first trade issue therefore followed in 1935, within weeks of Lawrence's tragic motorcycle accident. Item #52805
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