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Lot #516
T. E. Lawrence

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British archaeologist, soldier, adventurer, and writer (1888–1935) immortalized in the epic 1962 screen biography Lawrence of Arabia. He attained international renown for his role as British liaison in the Arab Revolt of 1916–1918, which he recounted in his best-selling memoir Seven Pillars of Wisdom. DS, signed “T. E. Shaw” [his Air Force alias], two pages, 8 x 10.75, September 1, 1933. A “Brake Horse Power Test Sheet” for an “Air Ministry Proof Test,” describing the performance of an engine. Lawrence had attempted to join the R.A.F. under an assumed name in 1922, but his true identity was soon discovered, and was forced to resign. After a stint in the Royal Tank Corps under an assumed name, he was finally allowed to rejoin the R.A.F. in 1925, and he served as a specialist in high-speed boats until 1935. A touch of mild soiling and handling wear, otherwise fine condition. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008