Military Report on the Sinai Peninsula
Towards 'An English Fourth'
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text
'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
Correspondence with Edward and David Garnett
Correspondence with Henry Williamson
Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey'
Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-1935
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Help - frequently asked questions
Welcome to our FAQ page - an ongoing conversation with our customers worldwide. You will find here answers questions other people have asked.Some key things to remember are:
- How can I tell what books are currently available, and how much they cost?
- What does 'printed for subscribers' mean?
- Do you hold stock of all titles in print?
- Do you reserve books when potential customers enquire?
- How long are quoted prices valid?
- Can I order your books from a high street bookstore?
- I am a librarian, can I order through our Library Agent?
- Are your books reviewed anywhere?
- Are your books also published in the US?
- Are your publications available as eBooks?
- Will your titles become available in cheaper editions?
- Do you ever sell-off books cheap, e.g., overstocks and shop-soiled copies?
- What is the price in other currencies?
- How do I pay?
- What shipping options do you offer?
- How fast is shipping to the US, Australasia and the Far East?
- How do you pack books for shipping?
- Are shipments insured?
- Can I return a book?
- What if my book is damaged in transit?
- What if my book doesn't arrive?
- What is a 'fine-press' book?
- What are Castle Hill press 'special issues'?
- Why not publish Lawrence's writings in a cheaper format?
- Do you publish books on subjects other than T.E. Lawrence?
- Are you connected with any other publisher or printer whose name includes 'Castle Hill'?
- Do you send out spam?
- Any edition listed with a price in our online shop is normally available, but if you wish to confirm this please email before ordering. In theory, an edition could sell out just before your order, when we hadn't had time to remove it from the site. Were that to happen we would of course credit back in full any payment you had made.
- A title or particular binding may be temporarily out of stock, because we store backlist titles as unbound sheets and bind copies in batches. If a book is temporarily out of stock we remove its PayPal button, but you can still order a copy by email. You will pay nothing until the book is ready to ship.
- When very few copies of a title or binding remain, we sometimes reserve them for subscribers who have previously purchased or are ordering several other titles. Customers in these groups can order a copy by email.
- If an edition is unavailable because we have no copies left, it is shown as 'out of print' in the Catalogue and on the book's description page but:
- If you are looking for a volume or binding that isn't listed in the Shop, please contact us. We might have, or know of, a second-hand copy.
- Our prices are calculated on a formula based on the length of the book - which affects both the editorial and production costs. From time to time the calculation is adjusted for inflation.
- Most new subscribers wish to buy a set of books, notably the Letters series. You will find a price for a set of all the Letters series volumes published so far in the Shop. It is cheaper to buy past publications as a set than as individual volumes, and you can spread the cost.
- On 26 June 2016 we decided that henceforth we will publish on direct-subscription only. Maintaining a trade profit-margin on single-copy orders made our books more expensive for everyone, but resulted in few additional sales. Therefore, you can no longer buy new copies of our books through bookshops. We will charge Library Agents the subscription price. Depending on their arrangement with you they may add a commission to the price you pay.
What does 'printed for subscribers' mean?
- Our books are printed for direct subscribers only, not for sale through booksellers.
- The first binding-batch is sufficient to meet advance orders. After that we keep only a small stock of bound copies, storing the remainder as unbound sheets. When we run out of bound copies we order more - but if the bindery is busy it may be a while before a new bound batch arrives. Meanwhile the book will be temporarily out of stock.
- If you ask about a book that is temporarily out of stock we will tell you when we expect to receive more copies. You can then ask us to reserve a copy for you. Nothing is payable until the book is ready to ship.
- We will reserve books on enquiry if requested, prior to a firm
order, for a maximum of 10 working days. Once you place an order and we
send a PayPal invoice it should be settled on receipt. If a PayPal
invoice remains unpaid for ten working days, we normally cancel the
order and invoice and return the book(s) to stock.
We reserve books for longer if we have agreed for a group of titles to be purchased in staged batches.
- A price quoted in US$ is valid for 30 days. A price quoted in any other currency is valid for 48 hours.
Can I order your books from a high street bookstore?
No, though antiquarian booksellers may hold second-hand copies of earlier titles.
- Yes, you can order single copies or runs, but there is no longer any
trade discount for Library Agents so your agent may charged a commission.
That said, when we removed the trade discount we also reduced single-volume
prices, so you may end up paying much the same.
If your agent does not have an account with us they may be asked to pay prior to shipping.
- Note that we do not supply books on sale or return (SOR) or supply library agents with sample copies to circulate. If you are considering an order and would like more information, please contact us direct.
- Most of our books have been reviewed in English Literature in Transition (ELT). Other recent reviews have appeared in Parenthesis, the journal of the Fine Press Book Association, and in the Chartwell Bulletin.
- The kind of short-run scholarly editions we publish are rarely issued in separate editions on both sides of the Atlantic.
- We ship books overseas - in fact we send more books overseas than to the UK. You can order direct from our online shop or by mail or telephone (see contact information).
- No. To cover the editorial costs of this scholarly edition, as well as retailers' margins, we might have to charge over £50 for an eBook version. That does not seem realistic. Also, eBooks, as currently available, work well for fiction but are not really suitable for scholarly editions with notes and indexes.
- However, many of Lawrence's published works and letters, now out of UK copyright, are available without charge in the 'Writings Online' section of our T.E. Lawrence Studies website.
- We are working on a series of paperback editions of Lawrence's writings, though these will be less extensive than the Castle Hill Press editions.
- We publish texts with long-term interest and aim to print enough copies to keep titles available for some years. As we do not carry large stocks of bound copies, there are no 'overstocks'.
- If we find a copy with a small production fault or that has been slightly damaged, we may offer it at a reduced price. We plan to post lists of slightly damaged copies, second-hand copies, proof copies, etc. in the 'This & That' section of the online shop.
What is the price in another currency?
- To find out the current equivalent price in US different currencies, you can use the easy currency converter at www.oanda.com. If you pay PayPal by credit card, use the drop-down to change the exchange rate from 'Interbank rate' to 'Typical credit card rate'.
- We currently accept payments via the PayPal payment gateway. This accepts major credit cards whether or not you have a PayPal account. We also accept sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. For larger sums we can accept payment by bank transfer, but there is a surcharge because UK banks charge for this service.
We ship at the charges shown in the online shiop to the countries listed below:
If you wish to order for delivery to a country not listed above, please enquire about shipping cost before placing your order.
Our standard shipping methods are:
- Royal Mail ParcelForce48 or, for lighter parcels, Royal Mail second-class post.
- We generally send parcels valued at £100 or more by Parcelforce 48 or Recorded Delivery.
- If required, we will send books by Royal Mail Special Delivery at additional cost.
- We normally use the Spring Global Mail premium service. Packages go from the UK to the overseas country by air freight and are then transferred to the national postal service for delivery. Shipping times are usually around three weeks to most destinations, though there are sometimes delays (which can be caused by import customs bottlenecks)
- If required, and for most high-value shipments, we will get quotes for sending books by Royal Mail courier services or other courier services.
- We do not ship via international surface mail.
- Spring Global Mail's premium service is generally good. To judge by customer feedback, most shipments reach destinations in the US, Australasia and the Far East within three weeks. Very occasionally a shipment takes longer. This may be due to import customs delays, or possibly routing error
- Such delays are outside our control, but if your package takes longer than four weeks to arrive, please tell us. Spring Global Mail depends on customer feedback to identify bottlenecks or other problems in the system.
- We pack books in cardboard book-mailers or double-walled cartons. We include an inner plastic wrapping to help keep the contents dry if the parcel is left out in the rain. More >>
- All our shipments are insured for damage or loss in transit. Because of possible shipping delays we will not claim for non-delivery until at least 13 weeks (3 months) after dispatch, nor can we submit a claim for a loss reported later than 26 weeks (6 months) after dispatch. In the unlikely event that your book does not arrive, please make sure that you tell us before six months have passed. After that date we are unable to offer compensation.
- Yes. You can send back a book for any reason provided it is in undamaged condition, within fourteen days of receipt. When it reaches us we will refund the purchase invoice (less a cancellation fee in the case of a cancelled subscription). Please let us know at once if you are returning a book.
- Until we receive the returned book it is your responsibility. We therefore advise you to pack it carefully and use an insured shipping service. We can only issue a full refund if we receive the book in good condition.
- If your book has been damaged in transit, see below.
Damage in transit it is extremely disappointing, both for you and for us. However, the shipment is insured. Provided the book is in stock we will replace it. If we cannot replace it we will refund the cost.
- We pack books ourselves and inspect all the books we send before shipping. Although we can't check every page we do check carefully for binding faults. If a binding arrives damaged, it has happened in transit.
- Any book that arrives damaged must be returned to us for replacement or refund. We do not offer partial refunds.
- We cannot accept a claim for compensation, or replacement of a damaged book, unless you tell us about it as soon as you receive it and send the damaged book back to us within two weeks.
- To enable us to make an insurance claim, you must send a signed letter with the book, stating the address to which the parcel was delivered, the date of delivery, and describing the damage found on delivery.
If a parcel looks severely damaged on arrival - to the extent that you think the book inside must certainly be affected - it may be best to refuse delivery. The damaged parcel should then be returned to us at the shipper's expense, not yours. Please let us know what has happened.
Severe damage is rare. It is usually caused by mechanised handling equipment. No form of packaging short of armoured steel could protect a book against the force such equipment can exert.
Since 1997 we have shipped thousands of books to customers around the world. For the countries we ship to regularly, loss in transit is very rare indeed. Perhaps an added factor is that the kind of books we publish don't often appear on the second-hand market - and are readily identifiable if they do.
- If your parcel is not delivered, the first place to check is the local delivery office of your national mail service.
- If an overseas shipment weighs over 2kg, it will have been sent via the M-bag service. It may therefore be contained in its own mail sack.
- If you are concerned about the time a shipment is taking to arrive, by all means contact us. However, we cannot claim on the insurance before 13 weeks. Even delayed parcels almost invariably arrive before then.
- We cannot currently provide you with a tracking number for standard shipments.
- If a book has not arrived after 13 weeks, you should tell us immediately. The longer you leave it after that, the less chance there is of recovering it.
- Please note: We cannot accept a claim for compensation or replacement for an undelivered package unless you tell us about non-delivery within 6 months of dispatch.
If we receive an order form a postal destination where there is a known risk of loss, we only ship using international tracked services. Additional charges apply.
This term for finely-produced books makes no distinction between printing processes such as letterpress and offset-litho. Broadly speaking, fine-press books are produced to higher standards than are usual in book-trade publications. Fine-press publishers pay close attention to details of design, typesetting, materials, printing, illustration, and binding.
As a result, fine-press books are usually considered to have intrinsic merit as physical objects, regardless of their content. In the best examples, content and appearance work together.
High production standards mean that fine-press books are relatively expensive. They are usually produced in small, often limited, editions.
In common with other fine-press publishers, we issue a small number of copies of our publications in quarter goatskin or full goatskin bindings, usually with additional content such as a section of facsimiles.
Our editions of T.E. Lawrence's writings involve two types of cost.
The first, editorial research, is often very large (there is a summary of the work involved here). For many other twentieth-century writers, the editorial cost of preparing such editions is subsidised by university salaries or grants. However, Lawrence's career crossed so many academic demarcations that no university department feels it "owns" him sufficiently to allocate research funding. Therefore, all the research costs of this edition have to be recovered from the sale of the books. Because of this, our books are costly compared to editions of works that have benefited from subsidised research.
If we produced the editions cheaply, as paperbacks, the price including research costs would still have to be over £50 a copy. Yet the physical books would be almost worthless and they might quickly deteriorate with use. It is more reasonable to recover the research costs through fine-press editions.
We believe that high-quality content and high-quality production are a good combination. This is especially appropriate in Lawrence's case, since he loved fine printing and disliked badly produced books.
The second cost element is production, which in turn has two elements: origination cost and run-on cost. For a short print-run, the origination cost - the cost of typesetting, proof-reading, etc is usually far higher than the run-on cost.
In fact, in an edition of a few hundred copies the cost of materials (part of the run-on cost) is dwarfed by the origination cost. The savings you could make by using cheaper materials are therefore usually small. The reason that some trade editions are cheap - especially paperbacks - is that they have very large print-runs, so that each copy carries a tiny fraction of the origination cost. In a shorter print-run the identical book would cost far more to produce.
Print-on-demand offers an alternative financial model for book publishing, but the pre-press editorial and typesetting costs still apply. Moreover, as print-on-demand is charged by the page, publishers are strongly tempted to cram as many words on each page as possible.
To summarise, we produce our scholarly editions of Lawrence's writings in short-run fine-press editions because this offers the best value for money, and because no alternative would be viable.
From the buyer's point of view, our editions, if reasonably cared for, should retain value better than cheaper trade editions. Moreover, for our Letters series editions the cost of buying the books is far less than the cost of visiting libraries to see the originals - and then researching the topics referred to, providing a scholarly index, and so on.
Once the major research and editing costs have been recovered, it is possible to derive cheaper editions from the same material. We plan to do that through our T.E. Lawrence Studies paperbacks. Nevertheless, to keep the price of these down they will not have the full content of the original Castle Hill Press editions.
No. Please do not send us unsolicited manuscripts on any subject.
No. We first published under this imprint in 1989 - there is a landmark called Castle Hill near where we lived in at the time. But there are many 'castle hills' in the UK, and other companies with 'castle hill' in their name.
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Some opinions of our work:
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, reviewing Castle Hill Press books in English Literature in Transition]
. . . I couldn't be more pleased. The attention to detail, and conception of this edition, are wonderful . . .
I cannot praise too highly the quality of the production, with exceptional clarity and beauty of print, the erudition of editing, and the excellent on-line service. Important correspondence in beautiful books - the perfect combination.
. . .Excellence in research and editing, and magnificently produced books in superb bindings. Last but not least, efficient and friendly service, with books posted in rock solid packaging.
. . . These books are a pleasure to own and read . . .. . . a quite invaluable job in publishing (very beautifully . . .) many of the writings of TEL which hitherto have been available only in manuscript form in museums, libraries or private collections, or in out-of-print books which are very hard to obtain.
An excellent set of publications that are beautifully edited and produced. A wonderful addition to my library and to any library.