LAWRENCE, T.E. Oriental Assembly. Edited by A.W. Lawrence. London, Williams & Norgate, .
8vo. Original buckram with the original printed wrapper (retaining price, see below); pp. xii, , 291 many illustrations, including 111 photographs on plates in pagination by the author; occasional light spotting, a very good copy with a contemporary ownership inscription inside front cover.
First edition of these writings on the Middle East. The first part of the volume contains all the hitherto uncollected writings by Lawrence about the East, including his travelogue in Syria and Iraq while researching Crusader Castles in situ, north-east of Aleppo. Eleven pages are the suppresssed introductory chapter for Seven Pillars. The second part contains over 100 photographs taken by Lawrence during the Revolt in the Desert. The book includes a diary kept on a journey through Syria in 1911 collecting antiquities for the Museum at Oxford, and the suppressed introductory chapter to Seven Pillars.
The dust-wrapper is marked as that for the second impression, however, the price is the same as that for the first impression, 10s. 6d. O'Brien notes that the 'proper' second impression was priced 12s. 6d. Clearly an anomaly not known to the bibliographer.