Lawrence of Arabia.London: The Corvinus Press, 1936 Stock Code: 142590
Inscribed by Liddell Hart to his "dearest friend since birth"Signed limited edition, no. 8 of 12 copies printed for Liddell Hart and signed by himself and Ronald Storrs (out of a total edition of 128), additionally inscribed by Liddell Hart on the front free endpaper "To Marie, my dearest friend since birth from Basil". This copy retains the rare glassine jacket and flaps, unknown to Lawrence's bibliographer O'Brien.
The recipient of the book was surely, given the tender inscription, his childhood nurse Marie Nield: "It was fortunate that I had an angelic nurse, Marie Nield - to her I owed much in every way, and she was a friend for the rest of her life" (Liddell Hart, The Memoirs, vol. I, 1965, p. 6).
The book, attractively produced by the Corvinus Press and bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, prints Liddell Hart's and Storrs's eulogy addresses given at a luncheon in memory of Lawrence, about a month after his death.
Quarto. Original sand half cloth, matching kinari chiri paper sides by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine lettered in gilt, single gilt rules at spine and corner edges, Corvinus device to front cover, top edge gilt, others uncut. With the original glassine jacket and paper flaps.
Limitation and terminal leaves soiled, the book in all other respects fine, glassine with minor loss and closed tear at extremities yet in a remarkably nice state of preservation. An excellent copy.
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