REVOLT IN THE DESERT. T. E. Lawrence.
REVOLT IN THE DESERT.
REVOLT IN THE DESERT.
REVOLT IN THE DESERT.
REVOLT IN THE DESERT.
REVOLT IN THE DESERT.
REVOLT IN THE DESERT.
REVOLT IN THE DESERT.

REVOLT IN THE DESERT.

Pp. [ii]+446, frontispiece portrait, plus 15 plates, the title page and folding map at end printed in red & black, index; f'cap. 4to; light brown buckram, spine lettered in gilt, publisher's device in blind at centre of lower board, the spine and edges of boards slightly faded, lower board a trifle flecked; top edges brown, others uncut; bookplate of H. H. Peach on upper pastedown, the free endpapers lightly offset, a couple of tiny edge chips or splits, occasional faint soiling; Jonathan Cape, London, 1927. First U.K. (trade) edition. O'Brien A102. *Lacking the dust wrapper and the prospectus for Doughty's Arabia Deserta described by O'Brien as tipped-in at page 434. Tipped onto the upper free endpaper is a single-fold autograph letter, signed, from T. E. Lawrence to an unknown recipient, headed 'All Souls' Coll. Oxford 22.4.20. Dear Sir I'm afraid you will have to excuse me. It is very kind of you to ask me, but in self-defence I have to refuse all invitations, however tempting : I hate seeing my name in print, and there is far too much of it already, thanks to my friends, without my adding to it myself. Yours very sincerely T E Lawrence'. Much of the first page of the letter is browned. Lawrence had spared no expense in publication of the 1926 subscribers' edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. To recoup some of the costs he agreed to the publication of an abridged version of the book, retitled Revolt In the Desert. Chapters 1-7 were dropped completely, and other text was cut. Lawrence reserved the right to stop publication at any time, and once his debt had been cleared, he ordered that no more copies were to be printed. Harry Hardy Peach (1874-1936) was a leading member of the British Design and Industries Association. In 1907 he founded Dryad Furniture, which manufactured cane furniture for White Star Lines ships, including the Titanic. There is no evidence that Lawrence's letter was addressed to him. Item #153157

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