8vo., pp. 446; original brown buckram, stamped in gilt on spine, publisher’s blind-stamp to lower cover, top edge stained brown, other edges uncut; a fine copy with a neat ownership signature and ex libris to pastedown, in a slightly worn, soiled dust-jacket, with tape repairs to verso.
US $367 €311
First edition of Lawrence’s popularly successful abridgement of Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
O’Brien A 172.
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