ARMITAGE, Flora. The Desert and the Stars. A Portrait of T. E. Lawrence. London, Faber, .
8vo. Original red boards, lettered in black with illustrated dust-wrappers designed by Charles Mozley (price-clipped); pp. 354, frontispiece portrait of TEL on a bycicle, a very clean and fresh copy.
First UK edition. Flora Anne Armitage was born in Yorkshire in 1911. Early in her youth she emigrated to the United States, living in Texas with her family. In 1945 she moved to New York City and began working for the British Information Services and published three novels. The TEL portrait was published just before Aldington' critical assessment of the subject, and is less critical, but based on many interviews of people who knew and encountered him.