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Military Report on the Sinai Peninsula
Towards 'An English Fourth'
Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text
Paperback edition
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life
Boats for the R.A.F. 1929-1935
reports and correspondence

Translation

The Forest Giant

Letters

Correspondence with Bernard and Charlotte Shaw
Correspondence with E. M. Forster and F.L. Lucas
More Correspondence with Writers
Correspondence with Edward and David Garnett
Correspondence with Henry Williamson
Translating the Bruce Rogers 'Odyssey'
Correspondence with the Political Elite 1922-1935

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T. E. Lawrence
'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life

Castle Hill Press, 2010Mint - library edition
Library Edition, 475 numbered copies

Edited by Jeremy and Nicole Wilson
Introduction by Jeremy Wilson












ABOUT THIS BOOK

'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life contains the 1928 text of The Mint, together with a selection of Lawrence's later writings about his life in the ranks. These are drawn from letters and reports and presented in diary form.

The narrative of Lawrence's RAF years therefore begins in 1922 and ends with his retirement in February 1935. He himself thought of expanding The Mint in this way. The result is a far more interesting version of Lawrence's second book than any edition available until now.

This Library Edition has been designed as a companion to the 2003 Library Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text. The three bindings complement the Seven Pillars bindings, as illustrated below.

An important consequence of the additional material (which nearly doubles the length of the book) is that Lawrence's gruelling account of the recruits' initial training is balanced by his later sense of security and fulfilment, especially during the years he spent helping to develop high-speed motorboats for the RAF.  


all bindings

Above: 'The Mint' and Later Writings About Service Life shown, left to right, in its three bindings: quarter-goatskin, full-goatskin, and cloth. In each case the equivalent binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text (2003) is shown beside it. 

List of contents

  • Introduction by Jeremy Wilson (pp. ix-xviii)
  • The Mint (pp. 1-149): The text of the manuscript of The Mint presented by Lawrence to Edward Garnett in 1928. In Lawrence's last years, when many people had read and commented on The Mint, he revised it in detail. The 1928 text, like our 1922 text of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, shows the text of The Mint before this process. We have made only light copy-editing corrections.
  • 'Later Writings About Service Life' (pp. 151-264): A selection from Lawrence's later writings about his life in ranks of the RAF, taken from letters and documents he wrote between 1927 and 1935. These are similar to the sources he himself used to write the Cranwell section of The Mint, for which he had few notes. In effect, this fourth section extends The Mint to the end of Lawrence's RAF service.
  • Acknowledgements and Sources (p. 265)
  • References for the extracts published in 'Later Writings About Service Life' (pp.266-70)
  • [Supplement to the full-goatskin copies only]:
  • 'Letters About The Mint' - discussion of The Mint in letters written by Lawrence between 1927 and 1935.

SPECIFICATION

288 pages
Trimmed page size 234 x 156mm
Typeset by Castle Hill Press in 11 point Caslon
Printed on acid-free paper


Cloth-binding

ISBN: 9781873141601

250 numbered copies in a sewn hardback binding: blue cloth; top edge stained; ribbon place-marker; letterpress-printed endpapers, head and tail bands; glassine dust-jacket.

 

library editions in cloth 

Above: full cloth (right) with the equivalent binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text (2003)


 

Quarter-goatskin binding

ISBN: 9781873141595

180 numbered copies bound in quarter black Nigerian goatskin with blue cloth sides. Top edge gilt, letterpress-printed endpapers, ribbon place marker, head and tail bands. Coloured frontispiece. Issued post-publication in a blue cloth-covered slipcase.

library edition quarter-goatskin 

Above: quarter goatskin (right) with the equivalent binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text (2003)


 

Full goatskin binding

ISBN: 9781873141588

45 numbered copies bound in full black Nigerian goatskin. All edges gilt, ribbon place marker, head and tail bands, letterpress-printed endpapers, coloured frontispiece.

Issued in a blue cloth-covered  slipcase, which also contains a booklet containing a selection of Lawrence's comments about The Mint, from the appendix to the large-format edition.

full-goatskin 

Above: full-goatskin (right) with the equivalent binding of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the Complete 1922 Text (2003). Below: with the slipcase and companion booklet.



Note

The first Castle Hill Press printing of The Mint and Later Writings About Service Life was a Large Paper edition.

For this Library Edition we re-set the text to fit in fewer pages, using the same smaller format as the Library Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Complete 1922 Text. This involved some very slight cuts in the 'Later Writings' section, and the omission of an appendix containing a selection of Lawrence's comments about The Mint in letters. The appendix is reproduced in a booklet, shown above, that accompanies the full-goatskin copies.

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