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Seven Pillars of Wisdom: a triumph
Author: Lawrence, T. E.
Reference #: 1571
Status: For Sale
List Price: $60.00
Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.; MCMXXXV; 672 pp.; frontis portrait; quarto in buckram, lacking uncommon dustjacket. First published in 1926, A. W. Lawrence notes in his Preface that all of the illustrations of that publication are reproduced in this printing with three exceptions; there are three new portraits together with four maps specifically drawn for this edition. A limited and numbered edition was also published in 1935, quarter-bound in leather with dj and slip case. The colour illustrations from 1926 are reproduced here in grey tone.
Very light edge wear, with some fading of the gilt spine title; crossed scimitars on cover generally bright; rough-cut fore-edge. No previous owner names or other markings; a sound copy, dj lacking; VG+ overall.
Some of the evil of my tale may have been inherent in our circumstances. For years we lived anyhow with one another in the naked desert, under the indifferent heaven. By day the hot sun fermented us; and we were dizzied by the beating wind. At night we were stained by dew, and shamed into pettiness by the innumerable silences of stars. We were a self-centred army without parade or gesture, devoted to freedom, the second of man’s creeds, a purpose so ravenous that it devoured all our strength, a hope so transcendent that our earlier ambitions faded in its glare. (p. 29)
The Arab war was geographical, and the Turkish Army an accident. Our aim was to seek the enemy's weakest material link and bear only on that til time made their whole length fail. Our largest resources, the Beduin on whom our war must be built, were unused to formal operations, but had assets of mobility, toughness, self-assurance, knowledge of the country, intelligent courage. With them dispersal was strength." (p. 224)
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