The Golden Cockerel Press, 1940. First, Limited Edition. Hardcover. This is a collection of five essays in literary criticism by T. E. Lawrence with Introduction by Arnold Walker Lawrence, the youngest brother of T. E. Lawrence, his literary executor, and a historian of classical sculpture and architecture. This is the limited first edition of 500 copies, this copy being #283 bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in quarter deep blue-green Niger morocco over tan linen covered boards, printed on heavy, laid paper with gilt top edge and untrimmed fore and bottom edges.
"In 1927, by request of the editor, F. Yeats-Brown, Lawrence published five book reviews under the pseudonym of C.D. (Colin Dale) in the Spectator. Two of these are reprinted here: 'A Review of the Novels by D.H. Lawrence' and 'A Review of the Short Stories of H.G. Wells'. Also included are 'A Note on James Elroy Flecker', 'A Criticism of Henry Williamson's Tarka The Otter', and 'A Review of the Works of Walter Savage Landor'." (O'Brien A229)
Condition of this copy is very good overall. The binding is square and tight with sharp corners. The quarter leather spine remains unfaded and supple with no signs of cracking and virtually no wear. The linen cloth boards are only lightly rubbed. The contents remain bright with intermittent spotting that is heavier to the first and final pages. The single previous ownership mark is an inked owner name and date of "41." on the first free endpaper.
Reference: O'Brien A229. Item #003306