London: Jonathan Cape, 1935. First Edition thus. First Trade Edition (hand-numbered limited issue of 750 copies) of one of the indisputable classics of twentieth century English literature. Thick, square 8vo: 672pp, with 54 plates (many in color and including 3 not in in the 1926 subscriber's edition and a number not in the cheaper ordinary trade edition bound in cloth) by Kennington, Rothenstein, Roberts, and others and 4 folding maps. Publisher's original quarter tan pigskin over brown buckram boards, spine stamped in gilt, top edge gilt with others uncut, Cockerell marbled endpapers; with gilt-stamped motto on upper board: "The sword also means cleanness & death." Without the card slipcase and the plain-paper dust jacket, usually discarded. An excellent copy, top grain rubbed at spine ends, light fading and occasional spotting to cloth, otherwise virtually pristine and apparently unread (many pages unopened). O'Brien A041. National Geographic 100, 24. Near Fine+. Item #BB1408
Third (but second complete) Edition overall, the first commercially available, preceded by the incomplete Oxford Times Edition of 1922 (eight copies only were printed and now unobtainable) and the rare privately printed Cranwell Subscriber's Edition of 1926 (limited to 211 copies, with only 170 copies complete). "Seven Pillars, for all its unevenness of interest and quality, and its frequent straining for effect, is a great and memorable work [Churchill ranked it with 'the greatest books ever written in the English language.'] . . . Novelistic in many ways, in its creation of character most obviously, and in its imaginative qualities, [it] often tread[s] a fine line between purple prose and hauntingly luminous description, between accounts of monotonous camel rides or Bedouin encampments and passages of great spirituality and insight . . . Subsequent researches have shown it to be likely that Lawrence embellished the story in places to give his own part and prowess greater prominence. But . . . there is no doubt that his achievements as a military commander were remarkable . . . " (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).