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T. E. Lawrence, works and letters

I am sometimes asked for a list of the Castle Hill Press editions of T. E. Lawrence’s works and letters, already issued and planned for the future. We recently re-thought the structure of the series, so this is a good…

“Collectable” ebooks?

A recent blog posting about “signed” ebooks set me thinking about the prospects for ebook collecting. These are, surely, close to zero. By definition, an ebook is intangible. The tangible object is the ebook reader. You can read an ebook…

More about boats….

Note: The subscription for this volume closes on Friday 4 March. Prospectus>> Several things have struck me while gathering the texts for Boats for the R.A.F. 1931-1935. First, this is an area that Lawrence’s biographers have, on the whole, left…

Boats for the R.A.F. 1931-1935

The book we are currently working on is a collection of Lawrence’s reports and letters titled Boats for the RAF 1931-1935, to be published in 2011. Lawrence worked on high-speed launches and other types of boat used by the Air…

Realistic objectives

In the past, like most self-employed people, I rarely acknowledged that one day I’d have to stop working. I enjoyed excellent health. ‘Retirement age’ was never an issue. That changed in 2006, when I was ill for several months.  I…

E.M. Forster and T.E. Lawrence

E.M. Forster was one of the most influential readers of Seven Pillars of Wisdom during the time that Lawrence was cutting down the 1922 ‘Oxford’ text to the abridged version that he issued to subscribers in 1926. Forster offered far…

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…

‘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…