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Drawing the R.A.F.

STORRS Ronald.; KENNINGTON Eric (1942.)

£150.00  [First Edition]

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A Book of Portraits introduced by Sir Ronald Storrs.  Portrait frontispiece of the artist, 54 plates, of which four are in colour and tipped-in. First edition. 8vo., cloth. London, Oxford University Press. 

A presentation copy from the author of the introduction 'To Margaret and Ronald Bottrall. Gratefully from Ronald Storrs 8 XI 49'.

From The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E.Lawrence: "The first of all of us was Ronald Storrs, Oriental Secretary of the Residency, the most brilliant Englishman in the Near East, and subtly efficient, despite his diversion of energy in love of music and letters, of sculpture, painting, of whatever was beautiful in the world's fruit... Storrs was always first, and the great man among us". Storrs, who was one of the pallbearers at Lawrence's funeral, as was Eric Kennington, was Military Governor of Jerusalem and later Civil Governor of Jerusalem and Judea at a crucial time in the history of the Middle East.

David Perkins, in his History of Modern Poetry, says of Bottrall 'he saw himself as a Mauberley-Gerontion, a poet flypapered by the age. His polished stanzas said that the Romantic tradition is exhausted and no other exists... He was versifying the cultural views of Pound's poetry, and Eliot's, but especially of literary criticism'. Margaret Bottralll was a teacher and scholar who wrote widely on Herbert, Traherne, Blake and Hopkins.

Boards rubbed, scratched and browned.

Stock Code: 222109