London: Jonathan Cape, 1935. First Trade Edition. A Fine copy in full crushed morocco, by Sotherans in London, top edge gilt, front board and spine stamped in gilt. Apart from trivial foxing to a handful of leaves, a Fine copy overall.
A remarkably accurate military history interwoven with heroic adventure and spiritual insight, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom was itself an epic in its creation given Lawrence's multiple manuscripts and drafts that slowed the final release for almost a decade. During the process, Lawrence remained grateful to his subscribers and guaranteed that there would be no library or review copies in his lifetime; and he worked to ensure that each copy in the subscribers' edition would be unique. The release of the trade edition in 1935 made his epic narrative accessible to the public and cemented his reputation in the modern imagination. Fine (Item #2451)