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PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF HERBERT WILSON BAILEY
Herbert Wilson Bailey (fl.1914-1952), a private in the Machine Gun Corps with the Hejaz Armoured Car Company, served under Lawrence at Azrak, the oasis near Aqaba from where he led the raids to disrupt the Hejaz railway in 1917-1918 during the Arab Revolt (cf. 'Nominal Roll: Hejaz Armoured Car Company', Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 'Subscribers' Edition', 1926, p.655). The two men seemed to have lost contact after the war, but it resumed in February 1923, when Lawrence wrote to Bailey (cf. lot 121). When Lawrence eventually published the subscribers' edition of his account of the Arab Revolt in 1926, a number of copies were bound up without the plates for presentation by Lawrence to those who had served with him during the desert campaign (the omission of the plates was intended to prevent these copies from devaluing the subscribers' copies). However, Lawrence underestimated the number of copies required (possibly because, as his letter of 4 February 1923 suggests, he had lost touch with some of his wartime comrades), and he was obliged to present copies of the first American edition, of which only 22 copies were printed in order to secure copyright. Bailey's copy of this edition is offered here as lot 118, as well as Lawrence's letter of 17 August 1925 stating that 'I'm sending free copies of my Arabian yarn to the fellows who helped in the business' (for which see lot 122).
Lawrence and Bailey continued to correspond, and the last letter from Lawrence dates from November 1934, some six months before his death (lot 125, partially published in David Garnett's Letters, a presentation copy of which is included in the lot -- only this and one other of these nine letters appear to have been published). Little is known of Bailey's subsequent life but some of these letters are addressed to him in Gloucestershire or Bristol and, after Lawrence's fatal accident, Bailey came to know both Sarah and Montagu Lawrence (the writer's mother and brother); in turn, following Bailey's death, Montagu Lawrence corresponded with his son, Lawrence F.W. Bailey.