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The Forest Giant


Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw
Correspondence with E. M. Forster and F.L. Lucas
More Correspondence with Writers
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Correspondence with Henry Williamson
Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey'
Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-1935


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T. E. Lawrence
Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey'

Castle Hill Press, 2014
Edited by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson
Introduction by Jeremy Wilson

Fine-press edition of 377 numbered copies printed for subscribers

T. E. Lawrence Letters series [vol. XI]

'It is no small thing to give to the world a great translation of one of its great books.'

Bruce Rogers to T. E. Lawrence, 4 March 1928

'. . . surely one of Rogers' greatest books and . . . one of the most beautiful printed books of all time.'

Joseph Blumenthal


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 when he retired 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, it was Walker who 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 magnificent 1932 Odyssey brought the story full circle. For Lawrence, Rogers and Walker were living legends.   


Edition limited to 377 numbered copies.  

TPS 282x176 mm. Typeset in Garamond by Castle Hill Press. Printed on high-quality acid-free paper.

xxii+298 = 320 pages, frontis., portraits, index

Standard bindings

250 copies

odyssey correspondence cloth

Full-cloth binding, intended for locations where the volume may be subjected to heavy use. Libraries should consider ordering this binding. Issued with dust jacket.
ISBN: 9781873141618

odyssey correspondence quarter cloth

Quarter-cloth binding, using the traditional design we introduced in 1997 for Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text. Cream Rohalbleinen canvas spine with Fabriano Tiziano sides; leather spine label, top edge stained, head and tail bands. Issued without dust-jacket.
ISBN: 9781873141625

Additional content in the special issues below

The quarter-goatskin and full-goatskin copies contain the translation of Books I-III, as sumitted to the publishers. 

Quarter-goatskin binding

55 copies, numbered 41-85, bound in quarter goatskin with cloth sides; top edge gilt, letterpress-printed end-papers.

ISBN: 9781873141632

odyssey correspondence quarter goatskin

Full-goatskin binding

45 copies (sets to be numbered 1-40) bound in full goatskin. All edges gilt, letterpress-printed end-papers, head and tail bands. In rigid slip-case.  

ISBN: 9781873141649

odyssey correspondence full goatskin

Reserved copies

27 copies numbered I-XXV, A and B are reserved

Related pages

Foreword by Jeremy Wilson
Contents of the edition


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