LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Forty-Two Fables, translated by Edward Marsh, London: William Heinemann, Ltd., 1924. 8°, original brown buckram, letterpress paper lettering-pieces on spine and upper cover (spine slightly faded, lettering-piece chipped, covers slightly bowed and marked). Provenance: 'T.E. Lawrence from Edward Marsh Nov. 19. 1924' (inscription on front free endpaper) -- T.E. Lawrence, Clouds Hill (booklabel; 'Books at Clouds Hill', in: A.W. Lawrence (ed.) T.E. Lawrence by his Friends, p.495) -- sale, Sotheby's London, 19 July 1982, lot 136, to: -- Sotheran, booksellers -- sale, Sotheby's London, 14 December 1992, lot 126. FIRST EDITION.
INSCRIBED TO LAWRENCE BY THE TRANSLATOR, Lawrence's friend Sir Edward Marsh (1872-1953). Marsh combined various positions in the civil service with an interest in literature and the arts, developed through his membership of the 'Apostles' at Cambridge (where he befriended G.E. Moore, Bertrand Russell and Maurice Baring). He also edited Georgian Poetry -- whose contributors included James Elroy Flecker, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and D.H. Lawrence -- from 1912 to 1917. Marsh and Lawrence first met in 1918, when Marsh was Churchill's private secretary, and the twin strands of interests in literature and colonial policy sustained the friendship between the two men, both of whom also worked for Churchill together on policy in the Middle East (typically, Marsh also corrected the proofs of Churchill's Marlborough (London: 1933-8) and his subsequent writings).