The Celebrated Romance of the Stealing of the Mare. Translated from the Original Arabic by Lady Anne Blunt. Done into Verse by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.

London: Reeves and Turner, 1892.

Price: $500.00

About the item

First edition. xi, [i], 127, [1] pp. 1 vols. Small 4to. Original cloth, spine sunned. Faint paste staining to endsheets. Very good. With Clouds Hill and National Trust stamp on front pastedown.

Item #308272

First edition of this noted translation of an Arabic verse romance.

A.W. Lawrence’s “probably complete” inventory, Books at Clouds Hill, lists only a copy of the Gregynog Press edition of 1930 given him by Edward Garnett, but Lawrence clearly knew the work long before then.

With a few clean pencil annotations in the hand of Shea Johnson, long-time U.S. representative of the T.E. Lawrence Society, identifying passages from this book which find an echo in ‘To S.A.’, Lawrence’s dedicatory poem to the 1926 edition of Seven Pillars. These are discussed in her article, Discoveries, in Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society XII:2 (2003), pp. 34-64.