Military Report on the Sinai Peninsula
Towards 'An English Fourth'
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text
Paperback edition in preparation
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
Boats for the R.A.F. 1929-1935
reports and correspondence
The Forest Giant
Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw
Correspondence with E. M. Forster and F.L. Lucas
More Correspondence with Writers (forthcoming)
Correspondence with Henry Williamson
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The Writings and Letters of T. E. Lawrence
Series editor Jeremy Wilson
Authorised Biographer of T.E. Lawrence
Research Fellow, University of Bristol
T. E. Lawrence, Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey'
T. E. Lawrence Letters series, Vol. VII
This volume brings together letters about the translation and publication of the 1932 Bruce Rogers Odyssey. As in Boats for the RAF, the result is a far more detailed account than has previously been available.
- Lawrence's translation has been continuously in print for more than 80 years. By that yardstick it is second only to Seven Pillars of Wisdom among his literary achievements. The money the translation earned proved extremely useful to him. It meant that, despite the economic constraints of the early 1930s, he was able to turn his Dorset cottage 'Clouds Hill' into a home fit to live in, after retiring from the RAF.
- Bruce Rogers was one of the most distinguished typographers and book designers of his time. The 1932 Odyssey is one of his finest works. Many people rank it among the most beautiful books produced in the 20th century. Bruce Rogers also designed two subsequent trade editions of the translation.
- The 1932 first edition was co-published by Emery Walker. It was one of the last major works printed by Emery Walker Ltd while he was still actively involved in the company. In 1888, the year of Lawrence's birth, Walker had inspired William Morris to found the Kelmscott Press. Morris in turn had inspired both Lawrence and Bruce Rogers to become interested in fine printing.
In a sense, their collaboration to create the magnificent 1932 Odyssey brought the story full circle. For Lawrence, Rogers and Walker were living legends.
The standard copies will have about 280 pages and there will be 453 numbered copies, trimmed page-size 282 x 176mm.
- 40 copies, numbered 1-40, will be bound in full goatskin and include a supplementary section containing Books I-III of Lawrence's translation as originally submitted to the publishers.
- 45 copies numbered 41-85 will be bound in brown quarter-goatskin (a series binding). These too will include the supplement.
- 275 copies will be in our standard Letters series cloth or quarter-cloth bindings.
- 43 copies are reserved.
We expect to issue the book in late autumn. For more information please contact us (see the Contact page, or use the question box).
T. E. Lawrence, More Correspondence with Writers
T. E. Lawrence Letters, Volume VI
Edited by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson
Edition of 377 numbered copies
This volume, one of the largest in the T E. Lawrence Letters series, contains over 200 letters. Its theme is the significant relationships that Lawrence developed with writers not included elsewhere in these volumes. These are exchanges where for some reason an initial contact developed a warmth that went further than mere acquaintance. Some of the exchanges are substantial - for example, the correspondences with C.M. Doughty, Frederic Manning, and Siegfried Sassoon. We have also included a number of shorter exchanges which seemed to us to belong here. For more information visit the prospectus page >>
T. E. Lawrence, Boats for the R.A.F.
Reports and correspondence, 1931-1935
Fine-press edition of 227 numbered copies
432 pages, frontispiece, photographs, fold-out plans, chronology, indexes
Boats for the RAF: gate-fold plate reproducing a
drawing of an RAF 200 Class Seaplane Tender
Subscribers tell us this is one of the most remarkable volumes in the edition so far. It is also one of the largest. It brings together the texts of widely scattered reports and correspondence to tell the story of Lawrence's final service years in more detail than ever before. Illustrations include photographs from the album presented to Lawrence by the British Power Boat Company as well as contemporary plans from the company's archive. For more information, pictures and Jeremy Wilson's introduction, visit the prospectus page >>
T. E. Lawrence, Correspondence with E. M. Forster and F. L. Lucas
T. E. Lawrence Letters, Volume V
Fine-press edition of 377 numbered copies
328 pages, colour frontispiece, index
The main part of this volume consists of Lawrence's correspondence with E.M. Forster together with their published writings about one another. Forster was one of the most important critics of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, during the period that Lawrence was making the subscribers' abridgement.
The edition also includes Forster's draft pre-war section of the collection of Lawrence letters that he began editing in 1936. He later withdrew from the project for fear of libel actions, and it was taken over by David Garnett.
The critic and writer F.L. Lucas, a friend of Forster's, was, like Forster, a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. Lawrence was deeply impressed by Lucas's published poetry and asked Forster to arrange an introduction. The two corresponded occasionally for several years.
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T. E. Lawrence Letters from Carchemish
T. E. Lawrence, Correspondence with Edward and David Garnett
T. E. Lawrence Letters, Volume VII
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- Index of T.E. Lawrence's minor writings, showing where they appear in published or planned volumes >>
- Index of Lawrence's principal correspondences
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Considering the tastefulness of the physical design of the Castle Hill volumes - which undoubtedly would have pleased Lawrence, who was a devotee of William Morris's idea of 'the book beautiful' - and the spare tastefulness of their editing, and especially their making available important but otherwise hard-to-access texts, this is a project for which Lawrence scholars will indeed be grateful now and in years to come.[Professor Stephen E. Tabachnick, writing in English Literature in Transition]
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