T.E. Seven Pillars of Wisdom (The). London: Jonathan Cape,
1935. Quarto, original cloth, original dustjacket, 54 black &
white illustrations; 4 folding maps. $1300.
"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." — Seven Pillars of Wisdom,
edition of Lawrence's remarkable memoirs of the Arab Revolt. An
extraordinary work by one of the most extraordinary individuals to live in
the 20th century. Book fine; dust jacket in excellent
condition with light discoloration at tail of spine.