LAWRENCE, T.E. The Mint - A Day-Book of the RAF Depot between August and December 1922 with later notes by 352087 A/c Ross London, Jonathan Cape, 1955.
Small 4to. Dark blue morocco over blue cloth, handmade paper, top edge gilt, decorative endpapers, original slipcase; pp. 206; slip-case a little spotted and with contemporary bookseller's label on front cover (this repeated inside front cover), light offsetting from endpapers, otherwise very good.
First English Edition [Deluxe]. Numbered and limited, copy 1644 of 2000. of Lawrence's posthumously published work describing his time serving in the RAF as as ordinary aircraftman under the assumed name Ross. The book covers his initial training at RAF Uxbridge in 1922 and a part of his service at RAF Cranwell, 1925–26. The core metaphor the book revolves around is the transition of men from the 'raw materials' to 'coins stamped out of metal', but now the text is more commonly seen as a window into the personality and thoughts of Lawrence himself. On publication, the book was the subject of a censorship scandal, with the free and candid use of barrack-room language shocking contemporary readers. This edition contains the full uncensored text, whereas in the more commonly available edition, many words and phrases were redacted.