Secret Despatches from Arabia.
Published by permission of the Foreign Office. Foreword by A. W. Lawrence.[Waltham St Lawrence]: Golden Cockerel Press, 1939 Stock Code: 142629
NotesLimited edition, number 34 of 1,000 numbered copies, of Lawrence's contributions to the Arab Bulletin, inscribed by the proprietor of the Golden Cockerel Press, Christopher Sandford, on the front free endpaper: "To Charlie Norris from his old friend Christopher Sandford", and further signed on the colophon.
Sandford was the third and final owner of the Golden Cockerel Press. He bought the Press from Harold Midgley Taylor in 1933, by which time it was considered one of the finest private presses of the early 20th century, and went on to produce 122 books, most on handmade paper and in limited editions. Secret Despatches from Arabia is the second of four books printed by the Golden Cockerel Press based on Lawrence's literary remains, the first being Crusader Castles published in 1936. "The majority of Lawrence's contributions to the Arab Bulletin are published in this volume. In addition to these items, 'Syrian Cross Currents', previously unpublished, is included; this was taken from a manuscript on Arab Bureau paper" (O'Brien). The Arab Bureau's secret bulletin was first issued in June 1916 with a circulation of 26 copies only.
Octavo. Original black quarter niger by Sangorski and Sutcliffe (their ink-stamp to front pastedown), raised bands, second and third compartments gilt-lettered direct, cream cloth sides, top edge gilt, the others uncut.
Collotype frontispiece portrait of Lawrence.
Spine very slightly toned and a little rubbed at ends, wear to corners, cloth toned and dust soiled but contents clean throughout; a very good copy.
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