Lawrence of Arabia - R. H. (Reginald Hugh) KiernanLondon, Toronto, Bombay & Sydney: George G. Harrap & Co., 1942, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Matt paper dust wrapper has insignificant edgewear and is a touch faded with slight fraying to the spine ends, and the price clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Previous owners' name and date to the first blank. The contents very gently age-toned.
8th impression, first published 1935. Includes: Black & white plates; Maps; Appendices (2);
From the cover: “Mr Kiernan approached T. E. Shaw (Lawrence of Arabia) in the autumn of 1934 and started work on this book immediately; he hoped to publish it with Lawrence’s sponsorship. On the day of Lawrence’s fatal accident Mr Kiernan received from him a letter which may be the last he ever wrote. In this he said: Most children are fed up with the War and the inclination (among its survivors) to treat it as a matter of significance. I sympathize with them: the last war is always a bore for the next generation. It may be true that the younger generation sometimes hears too much about that time in the conversation of its elders, but Lawrence’s striking adventures and the Arab Revolt are exceptional. The author gives a clear, balanced, and vivid account of the man himself and his exploits, and also explains clearly the problem of the Near East in the 19th century and the years before the War, and shows what happened to Arab aspirations at the Peace Conference and the results of the failure of Lawrence’s hopes. Mr Kiernan has been for a dozen years history master in a Birmingham secondary school, where his stimulating methods of teaching history have won him a wide reputation.”