T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935. T. E. Lawrence, Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, Jeremy, Nicole Wilson.
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935
T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935

T. E. Lawrence: Correspondence With Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, 1922-1935

Fordingbridge, Hampshire: Castle Hill Press, 2000. First and Limited edition. Full leather. This limited edition set from Castle Hill Press publishes T. E. Lawrence's correspondence with George Bernard and Charlotte Shaw between 1922 and 1935. This set was the flagship in the T. E. Lawrence Letters series published by Castle Hill Press, the premier editors and fine press publishers of material by and about T. E. Lawrence, founded by Lawrence’s official biographer, Jeremy Wilson (1944-2017). Of a total of 475 sets produced, only 40 were magnificently bound thus in full green goatskin with all edges gilt, head and tail bands, and hand-marbled endpapers framed by gilt-rule turn-ins. The elaborate blind-stamped decoration on the front covers, featuring clover leaves and interlinked ‘S’s, is adapted from the 1927 design by C & C McLeish for the Shaw’s own copy of the subscriber’s edition of Seven Pillars. These full goatskin sets were sold only by subscription as they were published between 2000 and 2009, hand-numbered on the limitation page of the final volume. Originally planned as a three-volume set (as indicated on the Volume I title page verso), it eventually grew to four. This full, four volume set is hand-numbered “42” and is the last full goatskin set available, acquired by us directly from the publisher. This set is in fine condition. The only trivial flaw to report is a few incidental scuffs to the gilt page edges. Hailed by Lawrence scholars, "The publication by Jeremy Wilson of four expertly edited volumes of Lawrence's correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw has... dramatically enriched our knowledge of what Lawrence was thinking and doing from 1922 to 1935, and also arouses, in any objective reader, considerable sympathy for him." T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) found fame as instigator, organizer, hero, and tragic figure of the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, which he began as an eccentric junior intelligence officer and ended as "Lawrence of Arabia."  This time defined Lawrence with indelible experience and celebrity which he would spend the rest of his famously short life struggling to reconcile and reject, to recount and repress. Lawrence first met George Bernard (1856-1950) and Charlotte Payne-Townshend Shaw (1857-1943) in March 1922. Lawrence was in a state of nervous exhaustion following the First World War, his work on the post-war settlement, and writing and re-writing Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Thereafter, the Shaws would play an integral role in Lawrence's literary and personal life. As testimony to the complex importance of the Shaws to Lawrence, by early 1923 Lawrence had enlisted in the Army under the name "Thomas Edward Shaw." Lawrence would use, and publish under, his assumed surname until his death in 1935. In George Bernard Shaw - "the unorthodox, testy, argumentative agent provocateur and gadfly of British life and conventions" - perhaps Lawrence recognized a man who, like himself, had created a role that had overtaken the man. In Charlotte Shaw, Lawrence found "a kind of alternate mother figure" and a lifelong correspondent and confidante. With her revulsion toward physical intimacy, Charlotte was perhaps uniquely suited to understand Lawrence's complex feelings of mortification over the infamous incident at Deraa. "Lawrence was more frank about himself with her than with anyone else..." Charlotte "preserved almost all the letters she had received [from Lawrence]… The correspondence adds up to almost twice the total length of his letters to any other recipient... “Lawrence's correspondence with the Shaws between 1922 and 1935 is the most significant series of his post-war letters to survive. It covers an extraordinary variety of topics and, for much of the time, the letters were so frequent that they provide something akin to a diary." This remarkable four-volume set is the only complete publication of these letters, and of course also includes Lawrence's correspondence with George Bernard Shaw, and other collateral material. Item #004607

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