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The Mint.

A Day-book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922, and at Cadet College in 1925 by 35207 A/c Ross.

Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1936 Stock Code: 80429
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Offered at a much reduced price - perhaps the greatest T. E. Lawrence rarity

True first edition, one of an edition of just 50 copies published to establish copyright, only 10 of which were for sale, priced at 500,000 this numbered 10 (U.K.) "One of Lawrence's avowed purposes in joining the RAF was to write of the ranks from the inside. He began immediately making notes when he enlisted in 1922. With his dismissal in January 1923, because of unfavourable publicity, the project was set aside, not to be taken up again until he was posted to India in 1927 In March 1928 he sent a clean copy of the revised text to Edward Garnett who had copies typed which were circulated to a small circle, among them Air Marshal Trenchard Trenchard's concerned response led Lawrence to guarantee that it would not be published at least until 1950" (O'Brien). In 1936 the manuscript found its way to America and "in order to control publication, it was found necessary to have a copyright edition published". This copy one of those retained by Lawrence's brother A.W., his inscription "The property of A.W. Lawrence" inked to the verso of the front pastedown. Subsequent pencilled inscriptions show that this copy was presented by A.W. to Edward Eliot "on permanent loan", and, on his death in 1950, retained by his son Peter, who notes that, "A.W. Lawrence told Peter Eliot in July 1950 that he might keep this Book". The Hon. Edward Eliot was Lawrence's trusted legal adviser - in a letter to Liddell Hart in 1934 Lawrence described him as "a very balanced solicitor" (The Letters p802) - one of three trustees for the funds raised by the publication of The Revolt in the Desert, but "the only Trustee really", Hogarth and Buxton being added in case Lawrence should ever need to "carry a point against him if I wished it deeply" (letter to Charlotter Shaw in 1927, Wilson 791). The prohibitive price placed on this edition by Lawrence is equivalent - at a conservative estimate - to around 8m in current purchasing power. One of the great Lawrence rarities.

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Quarto. Original Japon spine and tips on blue paper boards, black morocco label to the spine, top edge gilt, the others uncut, heavy mid-blue endpapers, matching the paper on the boards.


Title page in black and red.


Very slightly rubbed on the spine, but overall an excellent copy.


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