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FROM THE LIBRARY OF JEREMY WILSON, WHO WROTE CRITICALLY OF THE ‘WORTHLESS AND UNTENABLE THEORIES’ PROPOSED IN THIS BOOK

Octavo (233 x 158mm), pp. xii, 352, [4 (blank ll.)]. 6 half-tone plates with illustrations recto-and-verso, 6 full-page maps after Patrick Leeson in the text. (Paper flaws causing marginal losses on ll. [12], 6-7) Original cream cloth, spine lettered and decorated in bronze, grey-green endpapers, top and lower edges cut, fore-edges trimmed, dustwrapper designed by Fred Marcellino, not price-clipped. (Extremities lightly bumped, dustwrapper creased at edges and short tears). A very good copy.

Provenance: Jeremy Michael Wilson (1944-2017, booklabel on upper pastedown).
Dealer Notes
First US edition. A biography by the British historian and journalist Stewart (1924-1981), the author of a number of works on the Middle East. Stewart was the first of Lawrence’s biographers to use extensively the Hogarth Papers at St Anthony’s College, Oxford, and his T.E. Lawrence was first published in London in June 1977, to be followed by this American edition in November 1977.

The present copy was previous in the library of the distinguished Lawrence scholar Jeremy Wilson – the editor of T.E. Lawrence’s Minorities (London, 1971), the author of the National Portrait Gallery catalogue T.E. Lawrence: Lawrence of Arabia (London, 1988) and the authoritative biography Lawrence of Arabia: The Authorised Biography of T.E. Lawrence (London, 1989) – who wrote very critically of Stewart in the latter work, criticising its ‘[w]orthless and untenable theories’ (p. 13), which are examined and refuted (cf., for example, pp. 703, 982, and 989).

O’Brien E370.
Author [T.E. Lawrence] -- STEWART, Desmond
Date 1977
Publisher New York, Hagerstown, San Francisco, and London: Harper & Row

Price: £35.00

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