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The World Crisis - 1911-14; 1915; 1916-18; The Aftermath; The Eastern Front. - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1923 - 1931 - Thornton Butterworth Limited, London - First Editions
As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Winston Churchill stood resolute at the centre of international affairs.

In this smartly bound six volume first edition set of his classic account, Churchill dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict. Illustrated throughout with black and white plates and folding maps.

This comprehensive account of the Great War is both analytical, and on occasions a justification from the author for his part in the proceedings. It is claimed that Churchill considered the work "
not history, but a contribution to history". Since its publication both biographers and historians have considered it Churchill's masterpiece, eclipsing his better-known account 'The Second World War'. Indeed, T. E. Lawrence regarded the second volume, '1915', as "far and away the best war-book I've yet read".  
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Travels in Arabia Deserta - Charles M. Doughty

1888 - At The University Press, Cambridge - First Edition
A superb and thus scarce two volume first edition of what Howgego describes as ‘one of the great classics of travel literature’, an ‘unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia.’ (Oxford DNB). Profusely illustrated throughout with plates (many folding), sketches, maps and diagrams, together with large and magnificent folding colour ‘Sketch Map of Itinerarium of part of North Western Arabia and Negd’ in pocket at rear of volume 1. Housed in a bespoke matching green morocco and cloth clamshell case by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine lettered in gilt, enclosing two separate green cloth chemise.

‘I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said.’ - T. E. Lawrence
 
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The Mint - A day-book of the R.A.F. by 352087 A/c Ross. - T. E. Lawrence

1955 - Jonathan Cape, London - First and Limited Edition
Copy number 156 of this limited edition of 2,000 copies, leather bound and oversubscribed at 3 1/2 guineas, which contained all the Uxbridge Depot ‘gros mots’ (’foul talk’) that were removed from the shorter trade edition. This copy also includes two detailed and informative press reviews from February 1955.

‘It is hereby approved that Colonel T. E. Lawrence be permitted to join the Royal Air Force as an aircraft hand under the alias of John Hume Ross’ - Chief of Air Staff, Sir Hugh Trenchard.

Lawrence was sent away to get a reference from his last employer after his recruiting officer, Captain W. E. Johns, the author of the famous
Biggles books, thought him suspicious and checked Lawrence’s face with photographs of wanted criminals issued by Scotland Yard. The result 
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Arabian Jubilee - Harry St. John B. Philby

1952 - Robert Hale Limited, London - First Edition
An important association copy, owned by Sir Reader ‘Haji’ Bullard, with his notes.

To celebrate the Jubilee of Ibn Sa’ud. King of Sa’udi Arabia. H. StJohn B. Philby, the great explorer and authority on Arabia, has here written the first full-length biography of one of the most remarkable men in Middle Eastern Politics. Philby was an intimate friend and advisor to the King for many years.

This book does not pretend to be a full historical record of the life and reign of Ibn Sa`ud. It is rather a pageant of his achievement, set forth in a series of tableaux illustrating characteristic phases of his career - Preface.

With a portrait frontispiece, numerous photographic illustrations throughout the text, genealogical tables, and map.
 
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Arabia Felix: Across the Empty Quarter of Arabia - Bertram Thomas, T. E. Lawrence

1932 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A fine first edition describing Bertram Thomas’ legendary journey as the first Westerner to cross the Rub' Al Khali from 1930-1931 - with a forward by Lawrence, and appendix by Sir Arthur Keith. In the scarce dust jacket.

‘Few men are able to close an epoch. We cannot know the first man who walked inviolate earth for newness’ sake: but Thomas is the last; and he did his journey in the antique way, by pain of his camel’s legs, single-handed, at his own time and cost.’ - from the wonderful preface by Lawrence.

Illustrated with photographic plates, sketches and maps, together with a large folding map to the rear.
 
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The Wilderness of Zin - C. Leonard Woolley, T. E. Lawrence

1936 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition Thus
First published by the Palestine Exploration Fund in 1915, this edition published after the death of Lawrence added an introduction by Sir Frederic Kenyon, as well as extra plates. Illustrated with 40 plates, two full page maps, folding plan, and 58 in-text illustrations, and with a chapter on the Greek inscriptions by M. N. Todd.

This copy is from the library of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

“In their famous six-weeks’ survey of southern Palestine for the Palestine Exploration Fund in 1914, the archaeologists C. Leonard Woolley and T. E. Lawrence covered large tracts of the desert wilderness, studying monuments of numerous periods, from the prehistoric to the Islamic. Not only was this work significant as an archaeological and historical record, but it also represented an astonishing feat on the part of Woolley and Lawrence, characteristic of the indefatigable spirit and polymathic interests of so many explorer-scholars in the Levant during the 19th and early 20th centuries.” - From the later edition of the Penn State University Press.
 
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