Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence – 1937 Deluxe Edition

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Seven Pillars of Wisdom – A Triumph, Lawrence, T E., Preface by A.W. Lawrence. Published by Doubleday, Doran & Co., Garden City, New York, 1937. Deluxe edition. 8vo up to 9½” tall., 672 p., [52] leaves of plates: ill., maps, portraits. Black cloth boards with embossed crossed swords on front and gilt illustrated spine. Boards have rubbing to tail edges, toning block to free endpaper and otherwise volume is in fine condition without markings, tears or folds and binding remains tight and square. Unclipped dustjacket is in very good condition with has chips to tail edge and spine edge, small closed tears and light rubbing.
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence, while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. It was completed in February 1922, but first published in December 1926; Lawrence stated that no further issue of Seven Pillars would be made during his lifetime. In May 1935, Lawrence was killed in a motorcycle accident at the age of 46 and the manuscript was re-released the same year. Winston Churchill noted that the Seven Pillars “ranks with the greatest books ever written in the English language. As a narrative of war and adventure it is unsurpassable”. A classic film of the book titled ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, was made in 1962 starring Peter O-Toole and Omar Sharif. The film garnered high praise and received many awards including both the Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Picture.