The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
LAWRENCE T.E. (1926.)
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First American edition, one of 22 copies, this copy unnumbered. Initial letters by Edward Wadsworth, illustrations in the text by Eric Kennington. 4to. Contemporary binder's cloth, gilt lettering on spine, fore and lower edges uncut. New York, George H. Doran Company.
The only copy of this hothouse flower of a book that makes any sense at all, being one of the two copies sent to the Library of Congress to secure copyright, the sole purpose of this edition, of which 22 copies were printed. None of which were intended to be sold, although they were advertised for sale at a price variously reported to be 10,000 or 20,000 dollars. The ambition appears to have been successful: copies on the market have come from the Lawrence estate and some appear to have leaked from Doubleday. The Library of Congress deaccessioned many duplicates in the late 20th Century, and we have handled the copyright issue of The Mint.
With the library of Congress booklabel, overstamped "Surplus Duplicate" and annotated "Copy 2 Office". The title page additionally has the pencil note "Copy 2" at the foot of the title page.
This is the rarest edition of Seven Pillars after the 1922 Oxford Times edition and was published to secure the American copyright. It was originally offered for sale at a huge price, intended to discourage potential purchasers: the price is variously reported to have been ten thousand or twenty thousand dollars. This copy is remarkable, and can justifiably be described as the only copy that makes any sense.
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