ALDINGTON, Richard. Lawrence of Arabia. A Biographical Enquiry. London, Collins, 1955.
8vo. Original black buckram, spine lettered in gilt, original dustwrapper preserved with flaws; pp. 448, numerous plates after photographs; apart from minimal offsetting from endpapers a very good copy; ownership inscription of Genevieve Rowan, dated Beirut, 1955 inside front cover.
First edition. 'Aldington’s style as a biographer is often hard edged and, at times, unsympathetic, not least in his now infamous 1955, Lawrence of Arabia: A Biographical Enquiry, a book that caused a major literary, sexual, paternal and historical whirlwind' (Steve Newman's blogpost). Before Aldingto there wre only hagiographies about TEL. This book triggered almost (in modern termes) hate campaigns.