London: Jonathan Cape, 1935. [Arabian Travel] LIMITED ISSUE of the FIRST EDITION, published for general circulation (originally published privately in 1926). No.453 of 750 copies. Illustrated with three manuscript facsimiles and forty-seven plates including four in colour. Four folding maps. Quarter pigskin over brown buckram with crossed swords in gilt to front panel, titled in gilt to backstrip, patterned endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Very light handling only. Fine. '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 #54077
Duval, Elizabeth W., T.E. Lawrence: A Bibliography (New York, NY: Arrow Editions, 1938), p.18 (11); O'Brien A40. Listed in National Geographic's 100 Greatest Adventure books.
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