(London and Toronto: Jonathan Cape, 1935). 255 x 190 mm. (10 x 7 1/2"). First Edition for General Circulation (after a small private printing in 1926).
SKY-BLUE SCULPTED MOROCCO BY THE COTTAGE BINDERY, BATH (stamp-signed on front turn-in) covers with triple gilt fillet frame and large sunken central panel inlaid with seven gray morocco pillars, the central column radiating gilt fillets, raised bands, spine panels tooled with gilt interlacing triangles, all edges gilt. With 48 plates (including frontispiece), seven illustrations (three full-page), four folding maps, the plates generally sketches, mostly by Kennington, of the principal British and Arab personages from Lawrence's account. In mint condition.
This is the first regularly published edition of Lawrence's stirring account of desert military campaigns while he was a British officer attached to Arab freedom fighters against the Turks in the First World War. The Cottage Bindery was established in the 1960s by A. G. Haycocks, and continues in operation to this day. There is often a pictorial element to their work, as here, reflecting the book's contents. (ST13161)
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PJP Catalog: 71.226