Monthly Archives: March 2010

Variety is the spice of life…

People sometimes ask if focusing on a single topic – the life of T.E. Lawrence – isn’t a boring task for a subscription publisher. A single topic? Let’s look at the texts we have worked on since 2008: In 2008…

If eBooks rise, what will fall?

I don’t have an eBook reader – at present I wouldn’t have a use for one – but I know people who own and like them. As with all new gadgets, the readers will almost certainly get better as a…

Conference in London, 15 May 2010

Current World Archaeology/Great Arab Revolt Project One-day conference: Lawrence, the Arabs, and the genesis of modern guerilla warfare Saturday 15 May 2010 Clore Management Centre Birkbeck University of London Bloomsbury On the 75th anniversary of T.E. Lawrence’s death, three leading…

‘The Mint’ and Later Writings About Service Life

In January 1935 T. E. Lawrence visited Augustus John’s studio near Fordingbridge. He brought away a ¾-length drawing of himself in RAF uniform, which he took to London to be reproduced in a half-size facsimile. The 100 copies were to…

The “dedication” of T. E. Lawrence’s THE MINT

Successive published editions of T.E. Lawrence’s fly-on-the-wall account of service in the ranks of the Royal Air Force in the 1920s, titled The Mint, have all included, after the title page, what appears to be a dedication of the text…

Some thoughts on book design

I believe that the fundamental purpose of a book is to preserve and communicate information (which could be any kind of text or graphic). I do not believe that the physical form of a book should push that fundamental purpose into second place. If that happens, the result loses its moral claim to be a book, though it may become an art object of some different kind.