The Forest Giant ... Translated from the French by J. H. Ross …

[LAWRENCE, T.E., translator]. LE CORBEAU, Adrien. The Forest Giant ... Translated from the French by J. H. Ross. Illustrated with Woodcuts by Agnes Miller Parker.

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[LAWRENCE, T.E., translator]. LE CORBEAU, Adrien. The Forest Giant ... Translated from the French by J. H. Ross. Illustrated with Woodcuts by Agnes Miller Parker. London, Jonathan Cape, [1935].

8vo. Original cloth with illustrated dust-wrappers, not price-clipped; pp. 159, full-page woodcuts in the text; wrappers a little dusty with a couple of small marginal flaws, a few pages a little spotted, otherwise a good copy of an increasingly rare edition.
First illustrated edition of this homage to the American pine tree. 'The Forest Giant was first published in this English version in 1924. The translation was made by T. E. Lawrence, but, wishing to remain anonymous, he used the name of Ross, under which he first enlisted in the Royal Air Force. It will be recalled that he was "discovered" there, and a newspaper noisily disclosed the fact that Lawrence of Arabia was a private in the R.A.F. As a result of this publicity Lawrence, then Ross, left the R.A.F. and found refuge in the Tank Corps. Later he formally changed his name by deed to T. E. Shaw' (publisher's note, p. 7).
The Scottish artist and book illustrator Agnes Miller Parker had been aesthetically affiliated to the Vorticists in the early 1920s. Her work for The Forest Giant is regarded as among her most poweful imagery.

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