London, South Kensington
6 April 2001
VAUGHAN, Henry. Sacred Poems, London: Ballantyne Press for Hacon & Ricketts, 1897. 8°, woodcut frontispiece, title border and initials by C.S. Ricketts (variable light browning and offsetting), original paper-covered boards, letterpress paper lettering-pieces to spine and upper cover (spine and board edges darkened, extremities lightly rubbed, small stain on upper cover). Provenance: 'W.A. to S.A.' (pencilled inscription on front free endpaper) -- T.E. Lawrence, Clouds Hill ('Books at Clouds Hill' in: A.W. Lawrence (ed.) T.E. Lawrence and his Friends, p.508; pencilled inscription on upper pastedown) -- sale, Sotheby's London, 17 July 1997, lot 299. LIMITED TO 210 COPIES.
Although Seven Pillars of Wisdom was dedicated to 'S.A.', it seem unlikely that the pencilled inscription in this volume relates to that person, but is simply coincidental. The inscription was present when the book was listed in 'Books at Clouds Hill', and it is possible that Lawrence's interest in fine printing caused him to acquire the book as an example of the Ballantyne Press' work; certainly, several other books published by the Ballantyne Press are listed in 'Books at Clouds Hill'.
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