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LAWRENCE, T. E. - CHURCHILL, Winston S.

City of Oxford High School for Boys - Proceedings at the Unveiling of the Memorial to Lawrence of Arabia, 3 October 1936.

Oxford : J. Thornton & Son, 1937 Stock Code: 147864
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First edition, a variant not noted in O'Brien, with the rear imprint stating John Johnson as the printer as in his first issue, but without the imprint to the front cover nor title page and with a twelve line foreword, as in his second issue; with no priority given to either. Woods notes the second issue was printed "for presentation to the boys and monitors of the school".

This copy was indeed presented to a student at the High School, with an inscription from the school's headmaster F. "Freddy" C. Lay to the frontispiece verso "Howard L. Jones, School Prefect 1951-52, with best wishes for his future career F.C. Lay, Headmaster. 25/7/52". The work was reprinted, in a smaller format, in 1966, with a note saying that all students at the school should receive a copy on reaching the age of 15.

Churchill's speech is printed at pages 9 to 18: "Lawrence was one of those beings whose pace of life was after and more intense than what is normal. Just as an aeroplane only flies by its speed and pressure against the air, so he flew best and easiest in a hurricane. He was not in complete harmony with the normal". Lawrence and his brothers were all students at the school, Lawrence attending from 1896 to 1907.

The memorial plaque was designed by the war artist and friend of Lawrence's Eric Kennington and depicts Lawrence surrounded by scenes from his life. Kennington provided illustrations for Lawrence's The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and was a pallbearer at his funeral. Kennington also sculpted a life-sized effigy of Lawrence for St Martin's Church, Wareham. The memorial plaque is hung on the wall of the staircase in the school building on George Street, now part of the University's History Faculty, alongside a memorial to the fallen of the First World War.

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Description

Small quarto, pp. 24. Original light brown paper wrappers, titles and school crest to front cover in blue, fore and bottom edges untrimmed.

Illustrations

Photographic frontispiece of the memorial plaque.

Condition

Light marks to covers, wrapper edges a little creased, very faint marginal toning; an attractive copy in very good condition.

Bibliography

O'Brien E117; Woods D(b)50b.

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