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  • Secret Despatches From Arabia – T.E. Lawrence

    Secret Despatches From Arabia – T.E. Lawrence

    A special production published with the permission of the Foreign Office, by The Golden Cockerel Press, London in 1939.

    Limited edition of 1,000 copies, Quarto, 174 pages printed on Arnold’s mould-made paper. Bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in quarter black morocco over cream cloth covered boards. Spine with raised bands lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece of Lawrence in Arab dress. Slightest foxing as usual.

    A collection of Lawrence’s articles for the British Arab Bureau’s publication, the Arab Bulletin (1916-1918) containing most of Lawrence’s detailed reports of his activities in the field.

    In 1916 a select group of officials from England’s War, Foreign and Indian Offices set up an Araba Bureau in order to work out how best Britain’s future policy towards the Arabs could be coordinated. One of the Bureau’s first activities was to initiate a secret bulletin dealing with any political events in Turkey or elsewhere that affected the Arab movement. The idea originated with Lawrence and helped from the first issue. Later he sent the Arab Bureau many detailed reports of his field activities. Most of his reports are included in “Secret Despatches” … in addition there is “Syrian Cross Currents” which did not make its way into the bulletins and is taken from a manuscript on Arab Bureau paper.

    “The whole valley was full of shouting and rifle shots, and the roaring of camels”

    Sought after “Secret Despatches” … fundamental Lawrence of Arabia, finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.


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  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom  – a triumph – T.E. Lawrence (Of Arabia)  –  August 1935

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom – a triumph – T.E. Lawrence (Of Arabia) – August 1935

    Published by Jonathan Cape London 1935 – Seven Pillars of Wisdom a triumph – “The Sword also means Clean-ness + Death”. First trade edition fourth impression August after the July first.

    The Trade Edition preceded by the incomplete “Oxford” edition of 1922 (8 copies only were printed) and the very rare privately printed “Subscribers Edition” of 1927 (170 copies).

    Frontispiece portrait of a bust of Lawrence, 4 folding maps as called for, 2 facsimiles and a total of 54 illustrations – 46 of which are dramatic portraits of men who appear in the book. Albeit without the rare dust jacket this is the cleanest we have seen of this edition. The boards clean and unmarked and only the slightest bit of foxing limited to the rough cut paper edges.

    Lawrence “took pains to bring objects and artists together”. A classic book written by Lawrence after a very successful war leading

    the Arabs against the Turks, considered one of the most important books on war especially political and guerrilla warfare.

    Churchill called it “One of the greatest books ever written in the English language”

    Lawrence of Arabia’s great book. First trade great condition – 1935

    We simply have to give you some of Chapter 1 … “The everlasting battle stripped from us care of our own lives or of others’. We had ropes about our necks, on or heads prices which showed that the enemy intended hideous tortures for us if we were caught. Each day some of us passed; and the living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God’s stage: indeed,, our taskmaster was merciless, merciless, so long as our bruised feet could stagger forward on the road. The weak envied those tired enough to die; for success looked so remote, and failure a near and certain, if sharp, release from toil. We lived always in the stretch or sag of nerves, either on the crest or in the trough of waves of feeling ….”


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  • The Mint – First Edition 1955 – T.E. Lawrence as 352087 Ross

    The Mint – First Edition 1955 – T.E. Lawrence as 352087 Ross

    Published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1955 a first edition. Pretty good condition with some age to the top edge and the usual browning round the edge of the all important unassuming dust jacket. Very clean internally.

    In 1922 Lawrence of Arabia joined the RAF as John Ross on discovery of his identity he was discharged but later allowed to re-enlist as Shaw. This is his diary as Ross. 1955 First Edition.

    Lawrence as Ross


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  • Scarce Lawrence of Arabia Memorabilia  – Ross … A Dramatic Portrait – 1960 Theatre Royal London

    Scarce Lawrence of Arabia Memorabilia – Ross … A Dramatic Portrait – 1960 Theatre Royal London

    A scarce program to Terence Rattigan’s successful London play on the enigmatic Lawrence of Arabia. 12 pages all in fine condition

    The play commences during his period as Ross before he was Shaw and flashes back to his activities as Lawrence. Alec Guinness was much acclaimed as the great man but here we have Michael Bryant in the role.

    Brief but interesting biographical notes on T.E.L. and the distinguished biographies of other cast.

    We especially like that in that “Huntley & Palmers Cake is Served in this Theatre” … what else! And that a Hoovermatic washing machine was used in the Wardrobe department and that Christian Dior Stockings can be found in Good Shops – Everywhere.

    Rare Lawrence item obscure but collected


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  • T.E. Lawrence Bibliography – O’Brian

    T.E. Lawrence Bibliography – O’Brian

    Philip O’Brian’s book is the authority for Lawrence devotees worldwide. In total over six hundred pages covering the whole cannon, biography and criticism of the great man. It took seven years to complete and no wonder

    Lawrence listed and described – essential


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