LAWRENCE, T.E. | Palestine Exploration Fund, 1914. The Wilderness of Zin..., 1914
From the Library of Alan Milne
LAWRENCE, T.E. AND C. LEONARD WOOLLEY
PALESTINE EXPLORATION FUND, 1914. THE WILDERNESS OF ZIN (ARCHAEOLOGICAL REPORT.)...WITH A CHAPTER ON THE GREEK INSCRIPTIONS BY M.N. TOD., PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE [OF THE PALESTINE EXPLORATION FUND], 1914
4to, FIRST EDITION, first issue binding (with the full stop after the date on the spine), with preceding leaf with series title (Palestine Exploration Fund. | Annual | 1914-1915. | Double Volume), folding plan, 37 plates, original cloth-backed printed boards, spine lettered in gilt, letter in black on upper cover and in gilt on the spine, some foxing and offsetting to endpapers, slight foxing to edges
During January and February 1914, Lawrence and Woolley, in the company of a British Army surveying detachment, mapped the Negev region of the Sinai peninsula, then under Turkish suzerainty. The exercise was carried out under the guise of an archaeological survey, although the real aim was to update maps for the impending war.
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