8 December 2015
LAWRENCE, T. E. The Diary of T. E. Lawrence MCMXI. [London:] Corvinus Press, June 1937.
4° (289 x 235 mm). Woodcut headpiece after Eric Kennington printed in gold and black, 13 collotype plates after photographs by Lawrence, retaining original tissue guards. (Slight tissue burn.) Original vellum gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, original silk ties; original slipcase.
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 34 of 40 copies printed on “Medway” paper, from a total edition of 203 copies. This work – “the most ambitious and beautiful printed by the Corvinus Press” (O'Brien) – is based on the diary kept by Lawrence during a walking tour to Horran, Urfa, Biredjik, Tell Basher and Aleppo (made in a seasonal break in the archeological excavations in Carchemish); the journey “was really concerned with his interest in the castles of the area, some of which he had visited in 1909 in connection with his thesis, and with the collection of engraved seal stones” (Nash and Flavell). Nash and Flavell 16; O'Brien A194.
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