LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward. Seven Pillars of Wisdom a triumph. London, Jonathan Cape, 1935.
4to. Conemporary pebble-grained dark green full morocco, apine lettered in gilt, elaborately marbled endpapers; pp. 672; frontispiece and 47 photogravure plates by John Swain & Son after Augustus John, Eric Kennington, Lawrence, and others, 4 folding maps printed by The Chiswick Press, Ltd in red and black and bound to throw clear; hinges a little rubbed, light offsetting from endpapers, pp. 416/7 with spot , otherwise a very clean and fresh copy with the pictorial art nouveau bookplate of Vyvyan Edwards, whose bok collection was sold at auction in the 1960s inside front cover.
First trade edition, first printing. 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. Such was the book's popularity that the first impression was quickly exhausted and second, third and fourth impressions were printed in the following month (August 1935).