LAWRENCE, T.E. The Home Letters of T.E. Lawrence and his Brothers. Oxford Basil Blackwell. 1954.
8vo. Original cloth with dust wrapper (price-clipped); pp. xvi, 730, , plates in photogravure and a few illustrations in the text; apart from light offsetting from endpapers and light crinkling to wrapper, a very good copy.
First edition, with introduction by Winston Churchill. The Allocution by Churchill, which appears on pp. xiii-xvi, is reprinted from the booklet commemorating the Proceedings at the Unveiling of the Memorial to Lawrence at the Oxford High School for Boys in 1936. A facsimile of a letter from Churchill on p. xii gives permisson to reprint it. This collection of letters, edited by [T.E. Lawrence’s] brother M.R. Lawrence, supplements the David Garnett collection of 1938. The letters included here for the most part cover his early years; fully two thirds of those included are from before the war. The two collections provide a remarkable picture of the range and scope of Lawrence’s letter-writing from his youth to the end of his life. The letters of his brothers Frank and Will, both of whom died in the First World War, are also included. The whole reflects what was a truly remarkable family. This collection is a primary source for the pre-war correspondence of Lawrence’ (O’Brien, pp. 167-168).