tel's first appearance in book form.
WOOLLEY, C. Leonard & T.E. LAWRENCE. The Wilderness of Zin (Archaeological Report). London, Published by Order of the Committee [of the Palestine Exploration Fund], .
Small 4to. Original buckram-backed printed boards, gilt lettered to spine; pp. xvi, 154, [4, pubs. ads.]; 2 maps, illusts. to text, one folding plan, 38 plates with tissue-guards loosely inserted; apart from light spotting to endpapers, a near-fine copy with the bookplate of Mary Wentworth Kelly inside front cover.
First edition. 'During January and February 1914, Lawrence and Woolley, in the company of a British Army surveying detachment led by Capt. Newcombe, under the guise of an archaeological survey, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai Peninsular, then under Turkish suzerainty. The British sought updated maps for the war they felt was coming. To complete the fiction of the archaeological work, Woolley and Lawrence wrote The Wilderness of Zin, the first of Lawrence's works to appear in book form … Part of the original printing was left in sheets and bound for sale at a later date , probably upon Lawrence's death' (O'Brien).
Provenance: Lady Mary Wentworth Kelly set up the fund for the T. E. Lawrence Award for Mediaeval History, awarded at Jesus College, Oxford. She had bought TEL's letters to his bank and donated them to the college.