LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward (1888-1935) and Harold Stanley ['Jim'] EDE (1895-1990). Shaw-Ede. T.E. Lawrence's Letters to H.S. Ede 1927-1935. Foreword and running commentary by H.S. Ede. London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1942. 4° (252 x 186mm). With supplementary 'A Facsimile Reproduction of T.E. Shaw's Handwriting. The Manuscript of Five of his Letters to H.S. Ede', containing 7 pages of collotype facsimiles of Lawrence's letters. (Occasional light spotting.) Original dark-blue crushed morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, titled in gilt on the spine, gilt board-edges and turn-ins, top edge gilt, others uncut (spine slightly darkened, light offsetting from turn-ins onto free endpapers).
LIMITED TO 500 COPIES, THIS NUMBER 17 OF 30 BOUND IN FULL MOROCCO AND WITH FACSIMILES OF FIVE OF THE LETTERS. ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED ON THE COLOPHON 'INCLUDING MY SIGNATURE , JIM EDE', and with a loosely-inserted autograph note signed ('Jim Ede'), 'To Quentin Keynes I am spellbound at seeing this magnificent copy of TE's letters. I can't remember having seen it before' [n.p., n.d.]. 'From these letters it is apparent that Lawrence's friendship with Ede was spontaneous and and cordial. Mutual interest in topics of art, literature, morals, and life in general, prompted an intimate, revealing, and introspective honesty in their correspondence. It seems to us that in these letters, more than in any of his others, Lawrence's culture, taste, and wisdom are revealed in sharp contrast with his surprising idiosyncrasies' (Pertelote). Quentin Keynes had first known Ede due to their shared interest in the work of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (purchasing drawings such as a study by Gaudier-Brzeska for his 'Heiratic Head of Ezra Pound' from Ede), and, presumably lent the volume to Ede, who returned it with the addition of his signature on the colophon and the inserted note. Shaw--Ede reprints 43 of Lawrence's letters to Ede, of which 'only six [...] appear in The Letters of T.E. Lawrence' (O'Brien). Clements pp.51-52; O'Brien (2000) A234; Pertelote 151. (2)