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Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph - T. E. Lawrence

1935 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Trade Edition Limited to 750 copies
A superlative copy, in the delicate pigskin which is usually found it much poorer condition. Number 573 of the limited edition of 750 numbered copies in original quarter pigskin, with an extra four colour plates. In total 54 plates and illustrations, four folding maps, and three facsimiles.

Together with two other relevant volumes:- The first edition of ‘
Oriental Assembly’ (Williams & Norgate, 1939) which contains the suppressed introductory chapter for ‘Seven Pillars’ and other miscellaneous writings by Lawrence mostly concerning the Arab campaign; and the revised edition of Liddell Hart’s brilliant and illuminating ‘T. E. Lawrence. In Arabia and After’ (Cape, 1935).

The autobiographical and legendary account of the experiences of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia') while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918. Winston Churchill stated that this ‘ranks with the greatest books ever written in the European Language’.

‘With its richly detailed evocation of the land and the people Lawrence passionately believed in, its incisive portraits of key players, from Faisal ibn Hussein, the future Hashemite king of Syria and Iraq, to General Sir Edmund Allenby and other members of the British imperial forces,
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an indispensable primary historical source. It helps us to understand today’s Middle East, while giving us thrilling accounts of military exploits (including the liberation of Aqaba and Damascus), clandestine activities, and human foibles.’ [Penguin] 
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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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1956 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of the second mystery to feature Miss Hogg, schoolmistress turned private detective. 
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Jack Carter and the Mafia Pigeon - Ted Lewis

1977 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
Fine first edition of the final novel in the Jack Carter trilogy, surprisingly scarce in dust jacket. The first in the trilogy ‘Jack’s Return Home’, was the basis for the great London gangster film ‘Get Carter’ starring Michael Caine.

‘Ted Lewis provides a firsthand glimpse into the inner workings of British organised crime in the 1960s, where pornography and extortion are the coin of the realm and there no such thing as honour among thieves’ [from a later edition].
 
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Jack’s Return Home - Ted Lewis

1970 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
Scarce first edition of the first novel in the Jack Carter trilogy. Considered one of the finest British crime novels to ever be written and the basis for the legendary London gangster film ‘Get Carter’ starring Michael Caine. 
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Billy Rags - Ted Lewis

1973 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
First edition of the brilliant and dark Ted Lewis’s gritty prison novel based upon the diaries of noted criminal John McVicar. 
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Boldt - Ted Lewis

1976 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
First and unusually scarce first edition of Ted Lewis’ only novel set in America. Featuring Roy Boldt, a violent corrupt, racist alcoholic policeman, who goes on the hunt for those threatening his brother, a well respected political candidate. 
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Colonel Sun. A James Bond Adventure - Robert Markham (Pseud. Kingsley Amis)

1968 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of the first post- Ian Fleming James Bond novel, written under a pseudonym by Kingsley Amis, who had also edited Fleming's final 007 story for posthumous publication in 1965. There was no further James Bond novel until James Gardner’s ‘Licence Renewed’ in 1981.

A man in my line of business shouldn't work to a timetable' - Lunch at Scott's, a quiet game of golf, a routine social call on his chief M - James Bond's life has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped and his house staff savagely murdered. 
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