8 December 2015
LAWRENCE, T. E., translator. Two Arabic Folk Tales. [London]: The Corvinus Press, December 1937 [but 1938].
4° (331 x 234 mm). Woodcut title illustrations after Eric Kennington, printed on rectos only. Original brown buckram gilt [by W.H. Smith], upper cover gilt-lettered, lower cover with central gilt press device, top edge gilt, others uncut (slightly worn at extremities).
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE number 12 of 30 copies. The final leaf states that: “These tales were written in ink at the beginning of the diary which the author kept while travelling in Northern Arabia during 1911. They were probably an Arabic exercise.” The diary referred to is now in the Houghton Library at Harvard, and was published as The Diary of T.E. Lawrence MCMXI by the Corvinus Press in 1937 (see lot 281); it would appear that Lawrence chose these two children's stories as suitable subjects for translation, while he was trying to improve his Arabic during the years before World War I. Although the colophon states that the printing of the volume was completed in December 1937, it seems not to have been published until September 1938, possibly due to problems with the binding of the edition. The book is notable for the large, 36-point Tiemann typeface employed, which, although an unusual choice, produces a striking effect. Nash and Flavell 25; O'Brien A196.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
Get up close with iconic works by legendary comic book artists, from Hergé and Moebius to Alberto Uderzo and André Franquin
The series of nine sales offered works spanning millennia, led by a Roman marble statue of the Emperor Hadrian which realised $5,950,000
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
Our Books and Manuscripts specialists advise on a richly rewarding and ever-evolving collectors’ market
The story of the writer’s long association with the Ritz in Paris, and the watch he was given by the hotel’s owner
Super desirable ‘Artist Series’ skateboards, objects and accessories that showcase how the New York skate brand has become an ‘alt-design museum’