LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. The Authorized Biography of T.E. Lawrence

(London: [Privately Printed at Castle Hill Press] By arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd., 1989 [1991]).

RARE FIRST EDITION AND ONE OF 55 COPIES ONLY OF THE AUTHOR'S PRIVATELY ISSUED SETS OF ORIGINAL FIRST EDITION SHEETS REMADE INTO TWO VOLUMES, SPECIALLY BOUND AND CONTAINING EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL NEVER ISSUED ELSEWHERE, including the new title-pages and Wilson's 135 page memoir on writing the biography privately printed by him at Castle Hill.
Jeremy Wilson was appointed official biographer of Lawrence by the British Government, which meant that he had full access for the first time to papers relating to Lawrence's role in the Arab Revolt and subsequent diplomatic negotiations; he also had full access to papers controlled by Lawrence's family and Trustees.
This is considered the most comprehensive biography of Lawrence to date; and this is by far its most desirable format. Item #30520

2 volumes and portfolio. RARE, the Privately issued SIGNED, LIMITED edition of Wilson's Biography, ONE OF ONLY 56 COPIES, hand-numbered and signed in both volumes by Jeremy Wilson, this being number 22. Illustrated throughout with maps and photographs, and with the SPECIAL LIMITED separate portfolio containing a National Portrait Gallery postcard colour print of the cover image for the trade edition; a signed, limited, and numbered copy of Jeremy Wilson's 'Authorized Biographer' on the researching and writing of 'Lawrence of Arabia'; a hand-corrected and signed specimen chapter of the of the final typesetting proof to the trade edition, being chapter 22 as the chapter provided determines the set number; A. W. Lawrence's 1975 appeal on behalf of the Authorized Biography; and a specimen of the trade edition dustjacket. Royal 8vo, in the printer's fine ivory buckram backed in black Nigerian goatskin, the spines with blind ruled raised bands, blind tooled compartments and lettering in blind. The portfolio being navy blue cloth-backed boards and all in the matching navy blue cloth-covered board slipcase. xi, 568; 569-1187pp. A pristine and perfect set of this rare issuance.

Price: $4,345.00