'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life. T. E. Lawrence, Jeremy and Nicole Wilson, Jeremy Wilson, Jeremy, Nicole Wilson.
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life

'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life

Fordingbridge, Hampshire: Castle Hill Press, 2009. Hand-Numbered Limited Edition. Hardcover. This Castle Hill Press limited, hand-numbered edition publishes the original (1928) text of The Mint - Lawrence’s unstintingly candid portrait about life in Royal Air Force ranks - together with significant later writings by Lawrence about his RAF service life. This pristine, as-new copy is hand-numbered "126" of a total edition of 277 printed for subscribers. It is also signed by the editor, Jeremy Wilson (1944-2017) at the end of his Introduction. Wilson not only wrote the definitive biography of Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia, 1989), but also founded and ran Castle Hill Press, the premier editors and fine press publishers of material by and about T. E. Lawrence. The binding is quarter oatmeal-colored cloth over gray paper-covered boards with gray leather spine label, head and foot bands, gray silk ribbon marker, and dark grey laid paper end sheets with a letterpress seaplane design. To both handsome and helpful effect, the Uxbridge chapters are printed on gray paper, while the Service chapters and the Later Writings About Service Life are printed on white paper. The volume is housed in a matching, rigid oatmeal cloth-covered slipcase. This is not the much revised and truncated version of The Mint first published in 1955, two decades after Lawrence’s death. Rather, this is the first published appearance of the most complete collection of Lawrence’s account of his RAF years. A manuscript of The Mint was prepared by Lawrence in 1928, but was extensively revised before eventually seeing posthumous publication. This publication is something quite different. It contains the full, original 1928 text of The Mint (to which only “light copy-editing corrections” have been made), together with a selection of Lawrence’s later writings about his life in the ranks drawn from letters and reports and presented in diary form. This narrative of Lawrence’s RAF years therefore begins in 1922 and ends with his retirement in February 1935. “He himself thought of expanding The Mint in this way. The result is a far more interesting version… than any edition available…” Thomas Edward 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 spent the rest of his famously short life struggling to reconcile and reject, to recount and repress. 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, in 1922, Lawrence enlisted in the ranks of the R.A.F. under the name of John Hume Ross. He swiftly concluded "there is grand stuff here, and if I could write it..." so he began making notes "scribbled at night, between last post and lights out, in bed." In January 1923 his identity became public and he was discharged from the R.A.F., but allowed to re-enlist two and a half years later, this time using the surname "Shaw", under which he had meanwhile served in the Tank Corps. On re-enlistment, he resumed making notes. In 1927, while serving in Karachi, Lawrence arranged these notes into a manuscript which he circulated to a small number of people, including Air Marshal Hugh Trenchard. As with Seven Pillars of Wisdom, publishers were eager, but Lawrence resisted, in part due to Trenchard's concerns. A saga followed in which efforts were made to control publication via uncirculated copyright editions in both the U.S. and Britain; the book remained unavailable to the public. Lawrence made revisions in the last months of his life with a possible view to publication in a private edition (as he had done with the 1926 Subscriber's Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom), but the work remained unpublished until 1955. Item #005516

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