Revolt in the Desert.

London: Jonathan Cape, 1927.

Price: $2,250.00

About the item

First London edition, one of 315 large paper copies. Illustrated. Folding map at end. [2], 445, [1] pp. 1 vols. 4to. Brown pigskin and tan boards. Faint traces of rubbing at head of spine. Early gift inscription on front pastedown, dated March 21st, 1927. Fine. O’Brien A105;Macro 1439.

Item #308297

Revolt in the Desert was an instant bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic, and "[w]ithin weeks of publication the combined royalties from Revolt were more than sufficient to pay off the Seven Pillars overdraft. Lawrence's Trustees therefore invoked a special clause inserted in the contract with Cape to protect his privacy, and halted publication in England. Revolt continued to sell well, however, both in the United States and in translation" (Wilson [1988], pp. 180). Lawrence was characteristically of two minds about the book: dismissive of the text, which he viewed as an embarrassment to himself, and yet attentive to the critical response.