MINT: A day-book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with later notes by 352087 A/C Ross

(London: Jonathan Cape, 1955).

FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE. Lawrence made his way into the service on two occasions by using adopted names. In August 1927, writing from Karachi, he told Edward Garnett that he had arranged notes in sections and was copying them as a Christmas gift to Garnett.
Lawrence told Garnett that he wrote the book tightly, “because our clothes are so tight, and our lives so tight in the service. There is no freedom of conduct at all.” The typescript, made at Garnett’s order from the actual manuscript, was revised by Lawrence just before his death and it is that text which the present work follows. Lawrence had intended to print a limited edition himself on a hand-press and had already procured enough copies for its frontispiece of a reproduction of a portrait drawing by Augustus John before his untimely death in a motoring accident.
Of this book, which followed Lawrence's great epic, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, B.H. Liddell Hart wrote: "[A]fter some years, he made a fresh attempt on a large scale, an attempt at supreme realism---in a record of daily life in the Air Force which he christened The Mint. This he himself thought was his best writing---less 'mannered' and pretentious than the Seven Pillars. The present limited edition is then, the only one available and most closely followed T.E.L’s wishes according to his brother A.W. Lawrence. Item #29635

First edition, limited issue, Number 461 of 2000 copies only. 4to, original half publisher's morocco and cloth, lettered in gilt on spine, t.e.g., in the printed slipcase. 206. An extremely fine copy, bright and clean, as mint.

Price: $750.00