London, South Kensington
6 April 2001
HART, B.H. Liddell & Ronald STORRS. Lawrence of Arabia, [London]: The Corvinus Press, 1936. 4°, original half khaki Chinese canvas gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, gilt press device to upper cover, the spine titled in gilt, t.e.g. Provenance: Norman Douglas Simpson (bookplate) -- Blackwell's, booksellers (invoice dated 7 November 1997). FIRST EDITION. LIMITED TO 128 COPIES, THIS NUMBER 29 OF 25 COPIES, SIGNED BY THE AUTHORS. Nash and Flavell 2; O'Brien E101.
This work reprints two speeches given at a Foyle's literary lunch held at Grosvenor House on 18 June 1935, to commemorate Lawrence. Hart's speech is titled 'Lawrence ''The Artist in War and Letters'' ' and Storrs' 'Lawrence. ''Himself'' '. This is the first book to be completed and printed by The Corvinus Press: the first book printed was an edition of Hart's speech, under the title Lawrence. ''The Artist in War and Letters'', which was never issued. 13 of the 128 copies are in institutional collections (cf. Nash and Flavell).
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