Published by the Folio Society, London in 1986. The book contains nine leaves of lithographic plates reproducing 12 photographs take by Lawrence and his comrades during the Arab campaign between 1916 and 1918, and four sketches made by Bawden during the Second World War as map endpapers.

 

Printed and bound by the by the Bath Press in full yellow pictorial cloth with a sketch in brown by Edward Bawden. A very good copy in the publisher's slipcase. Revolt in the Desert was an abridged version of Seven Pillars, which he began in 1926 and was published in March 1927 in both limited and trade editions. He undertook a needed but reluctant publicity exercise, which resulted in a best-seller. Again he vowed not to take any fees from the publication, partly to appease the subscribers to Seven Pillars who had paid dearly for their editions. By the fourth reprint in 1927, the debt from Seven Pillars was paid off. As Lawrence left for military service in India at the end of 1926, he set up the "Seven Pillars Trust" with his friend D. G. Hogarth as a trustee, in which he made over the copyright and any surplus income of Revolt in the Desert.

 

He later told Hogarth that he had "made the Trust final, to save myself the temptation of reviewing it, if Revolt turned out a best seller." The trust paid off the debt and Lawrence then invoked a clause in his publishing contract to halt publication of the abridgment in the UK. However, he allowed both American editions and translations, which resulted in a substantial flow of income. The trust paid income either into an educational fund for children of RAF officers who lost their lives or were invalided as a result of service, or more substantially into the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Revolt in the Desert by T.E. Lawrence

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