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T. E. Lawrence
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
Edited by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson
Introduction by Jeremy Wilson
ABOUT THIS BOOK
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life contains the 1928 text of The Mint, together with a selection of Lawrence's later writings about his life in the ranks. These are drawn from letters and reports and presented in diary form.
The narrative of Lawrence's RAF years therefore begins in 1922 and ends with his retirement in February 1935. He himself thought of expanding The Mint in this way. The result is a far more interesting version of Lawrence's second book than any edition available until now.
This Library Edition has been designed as a companion to the 2003 Library Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text. The three bindings complement the Seven Pillars bindings, as illustrated below.
An important consequence of the additional material (which nearly doubles the length of the book) is that Lawrence's gruelling account of the recruits' initial training is balanced by his later sense of security and fulfilment, especially during the years he spent helping to develop high-speed motorboats for the RAF.
Above: 'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life shown, left to right, in its three bindings: quarter-goatskin, full-goatskin, and cloth. In each case the equivalent binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text (2003) is shown beside it.
List of contents
- Introduction by Jeremy Wilson (pp. ix-xviii)
- The Mint (pp. 1-149): The text of the manuscript of The Mint presented by Lawrence to Edward Garnett in 1928. In Lawrence's last years, when many people had read and commented on The Mint, he revised it in detail. The 1928 text, like our 1922 text of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, shows the text of The Mint before this process. We have made only light copy-editing corrections.
- 'Later Writings About Service Life' (pp. 151-264): A selection from Lawrence's later writings about his life in ranks of the RAF, taken from letters and documents he wrote between 1927 and 1935. These are similar to the sources he himself used to write the Cranwell section of The Mint, for which he had few notes. In effect, this fourth section extends The Mint to the end of Lawrence's RAF service.
- Acknowledgements and Sources (p. 265)
- References for the extracts published in 'Later Writings About Service Life' (pp.266-70)
- [Supplement to the full-goatskin copies only]: 'Letters About The Mint' - discussion of The Mint in letters written by Lawrence between 1927 and 1935.
Trimmed page size 234 x 156mm
Typeset by Castle Hill Press in 11 point Caslon
Printed on acid-free paper
250 numbered copies in a sewn hardback binding: blue cloth; top edge stained; ribbon place-marker; letterpress-printed endpapers, head and tail bands; glassine dust-jacket.
Above: full cloth (right) with the equivalent binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text (2003)
180 numbered copies bound in quarter black Nigerian goatskin with blue cloth sides. Top edge gilt, letterpress-printed endpapers, ribbon place marker, head and tail bands. Coloured frontispiece. Issued post-publication in a blue cloth-covered slipcase.
Above: quarter goatskin (right) with the equivalent binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text (2003)
45 numbered copies bound in full black Nigerian goatskin. All edges gilt, ribbon place marker, head and tail bands, letterpress-printed endpapers, coloured frontispiece.
Issued in a blue cloth-covered slipcase, which also contains a booklet containing a selection of Lawrence's comments about The Mint, from the appendix to the large-format edition.
The first Castle Hill Press printing of The Mint and Later Writings About Service Life was a Large Paper edition.
For this Library Edition we re-set the text to fit in fewer pages, using the same smaller format as the Library Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text. This involved some very slight cuts in the 'Later Writings' section, and the omission of an appendix containing a selection of Lawrence's comments about The Mint in letters. The appendix is reproduced in a booklet, shown above, that accompanies the full-goatskin copies.
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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, 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.