first trade edition in wrappers with lawrence of arabia memorial
LAWRENCE, T. E. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom. London, Jonathan Cape, 1935.
4to. Original brown buckram, spine lettered in gilt, upper board blocked in gilt with crossed sword design, top edges brown, others uncut; printed dust-wrapper present, not price-clipped, pp. 672; frontispiece and 47 photogravure plates, 4 folding maps in red and black; wrapper with one or two tiny marginal flaws, a very attractive copy.
First impression of the first trade edition. Seven Pillars of Wisdom was first printed in 1922 in an edition of eight copies intended for Lawrence's use, of which only six copies survive intact; the 'Subscribers' or 'Cranwell' edition then followed in 1926, published privately in an edition of circa 211 copies and, as Lawrence wrote to Sotheran's on 24 April 1925, 'this thing is being given only to my friends and their friends. No copies are for sale'; and finally, after Lawrence's death in May 1935, the text was published in a trade edition by Jonathan Cape in July 1935. - The loosely inserted flyer (O'Brien E068) was issued by the Lawrence of Arabia Committee, of which Churchill was one member, and "undersigned friends" who issued this free solicitation flyer as an appeal to raise funds for the St. Paul's Cathedral memorial to T.E.Lawrence. The other committee members were Allenby, Herbert Baker, Curtis, Augustus John, G.B.Shaw and Wrench. - We currently stock a very good copy of this edition, without wrappers.