Egypt: 1945. First Egyptian edition. Wraps. This scarce curiosity is the first Egyptian Edition, Lurins Batal al-Jazirah, Matbaat Lajnat al Ta ‘lif Waltarjama wal Nashr, 1945, combining Winston S. Churchill’s essay on Lawrence from the 1937 edition of Great Contemporaries and W.S. Burbidge’s The Mysterious. The Arabic title translates to Lawrence Hero of the Peninsula. The book is bound in tan card wraps printed in Arabic, the contents printed on white, wove, unwatermarked paper. Overall condition is very good. The binding shows only light toning and soiling with fractional wear to the spine heel. The contents are clean with modest age-toning.
Just a few years before the Second World War, Winston Churchill wrote of his friend, T. E. Lawrence: "The impression of the personality of Lawrence remains living and vivid upon the minds of his friends, and the sense of his loss is in no way dimmed among his countrymen. All feel the poorer that he has gone from us. In these days dangers and difficulties gather upon Britain and her Empire, and we are also conscious of a lack of outstanding figures with which to overcome them. Here was a man in whom there existed not only an immense capacity for service, but that touch of genius which everyone recognizes and no one can define." (Great Contemporaries, p.164) When Lawrence died, Churchill was among those at the small ceremony and was reportedly moved to tears.
Reference: O’Brien E163. Item #006629