Maggs Bros Ltd

American Copyright editions of The Diary of T.E. Lawrence, An Essay on Flecker and Crusader Castles, the Letters.

LAWRENCE T.E. (1937.)

£2500.00 

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First American editions, printed to secure copyright. Each one of 56 copies. 8vo., original printed wrappers, separate good qulaity leather backed slipcases. New York, Doubleday, Doran & Company Inc.

One of the big concerns for Lawrence and his executors was the protection of his copyrights, and following the example set in 1926 when he published the hundred thousand dollar edition of Seven Pillars, these pamphlets were commissioned from Doubleday in New York and published, although it is doubtful if many were actually sold. The Diary and An Essay on Flecker were published in England in a small edition by the Corvinus Press, and Crusader Castles by the Golden Cockerel Press (the volume of letters was the only part of this copyrighted in America.) Lawrence himself used the copyright edition of Seven Pillars as gifts for people who did not quite qualify for the presentation copies of the Subscribers' Edition (see our catalogue 1055 for a copy inscribed to Dr. G.C. Ramsay), and his brother A.W. used the present books similarly: the copy of An Essay on Flecker is inscribed to Owen Rutter, principal of the Golden Cockerel Press and has the later booklabel of Jeremy Wilson, Lawrence's bibliographer.

Stock Code: 225507