the finely-printed first edition of a ‘major collection of letters by lawrence’

LAWRENCE, Thomas Edward and Richard KENNEDY (artist). Letters to E.T. Leeds, with a Commentary by E.T. Leeds. Edited and with an Introduction by J.M. Wilson with a Memoir of E.T. Leeds by D.B. Harden. Andoversford: The Whittington Press, 1988.

Quarto (282 x 200mm), pp. xxii, [2 (editorial note, verso blank)], 140, [4 (colophon and 3 blank pp.)]. Title printed in brown and black. Mounted photographic frontispiece, 10 illustrations after Richard Kennedy printed in ochre, 9 full-page, other illustrations in the text, 6 plates bearing illustrations recto-and-verso, some after Lawrence. Original cloth-backed boards by The Fine Bindery, spine lettered in gilt, upper board with design after Kennedy, original slipcase. (Slipcase minimally rubbed at extremities.) A fine copy. Provenance: Henry Sotheran Ltd, London (bookseller’s ticket on upper pastedown and pencilled stock and price codes on front flyleaf).

First edition, limited to 750 copies, this no. 386 of 650 bound in quarter buckram. A ‘major collection of letters by Lawrence [… which] are especially revealing of the Carchemish period’ (O’Brien), comprising fifty-three letters from Lawrence to Leeds (the Assistant to the Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford), dating from 1909 to 1935, and relating principally to archaeological matters (some thirty-six were written from Carchemish): ‘[t]his new information is interesting enough in itself – but it is also extremely important in other ways. First, because it sheds new light on the early relationship between Lawrence and D.G. Hogarth, and, second, because it makes nonsense of the reasons suggested by some biographers for Lawrence’s appointment to the British Museum’s Carchemish excavations. The evidence is therefore immensely important’ (J.M. Wilson, quoted in the prospectus for the work).

This copy does not contain the loosely-inserted errata slip by J.M. Wilson dated 1990, which is found in some copies but not noted by either Butcher or O’Brien.

D. Butcher, The Whittington Press, 94; O’Brien A263.


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