Lawrence and the Arabs … Illustrations edited by Eric Kennington

GRAVES, Robert. Lawrence and the Arabs … Illustrations edited by Eric Kennington.

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GRAVES, Robert. Lawrence and the Arabs … Illustrations edited by Eric Kennington. London, Jonathan Cape, [1935].

8vo. Original cloth with illustrated dust-wrapper (price-clipped); pp. 288, frontispiece, plates after photographs and paintings; edges of wrappers minimally frayed, light offsetting from frontispiece, ownership inscription on front fly-leaf, dated 1935, otherwise a clean and fresh copy.
The last life-time edition of the first biographical book on TEL, updated; the 'Children's Edition', as the publisher calls it on title-verso; for boys and girls printed on spine of the wrapper, and with an ominous printed note by Robert Graves, the subject's friend. 'In this concise edition of Lawrence and the Arabs I repeat my thanks to Lawrence (who has now changed his name to Shaw) for his generous permission to use copyright material from his own account of the campaign, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a book that will not be issued for public sale in his lifetime: and to the many authorities on the campaign who have helped me' (p. 5). Among the updates is the frontispiece which shows TEL astride on his last motorbike, named Boanerges, Aramaic for 'Sons of Thunder'.
I do wonder, whether this is really a children's book edition. How could a book talking about TEL and a bunch of revolting Arabs leave a heavily wounded Turkish soldier to die in the desert, and TEL revisiting the spot half a year later to discover a human skeleton ever be a children's book? Present here is one issue of the second edition, which is the first Concise Edition.
O'Brien E033.

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