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A Fresh Station

Fresh Station

A Fresh Station

T. E. Lawrence writing and riding at Cranwell

By Richard Knowles and Marc Kuritz
A new book available now, £65 UK, $80 USA

A finely printed essay prepared following the discovery of a 1925 letter written by Lawrence to Captain Raymond Goslett that was found tipped into copy number 50 of the UK limited issue of Seven Pillars. Analysing the letter in depth, this work seeks to give us insight into the enigmatic figure who became immortalised as Lawrence of Arabia.

Limited to just one hundred and fifty copies, bound in quarter cloth by the Fine Book Bindery..

Available from:
UK - Rickaro Books, 17 High Street, Horbury, WF4 5AB

USA - Churchill Book Collector, 4269 Jutland Drive, San Diego, CA 92117


Bertrand's Toyshop in Bath; Luxury Retailing 1685-1765, by Vanessa Brett

This is a new copy of this splendid and well produced volume. In dust-wrapper, 364pp illustrated throughout in colour. "Toys " were expensive luxuries such as gold snuffboxes, buckles, watches, canes, and porcelain. Toyshops also sold children’s playthings, theatre tickets, elixirs and scientific instruments and much more. Paul Bertrand was born in America of Huguenot parents. He worked in London as a goldsmith until his second marriage linked him to the family of England’s most successful toyshop owners, and took him to Bath.

With over 230 illustrations and 364 pages, this hardback book takes a fresh approach to the history of retailing and of Bath. Through the topography and society of Bath and London in the early eighteenth century, and through Bertrand’s newly-discovered bank account, it reveals how shopkeepers, craftsmen and merchants rubbed shoulders with actors and lawyers, courtiers and soldiers. Bertrand’s customers included royalty, the ‘middling sort’, country dwellers and townsfolk. The book is about commerce, about people, about the objects that were part of their daily lives, and the development of a fashionable resort. Whereas many books on retailing, and books on Bath, focus on the last decades of the eighteenth century due to the availability of material, this book is about the first half of the century. The newly discovered bank account of this luxury shopkeeper is an important addition to the handful of known business archives relating to retailers of the period.

It reveals the names of nearly 900 people of all social levels and over 100 trades and occupations. Paul Bertrand was at the centre of Bath life, not only because of his toyshop but also through the assembly rooms and carrier’s business of his partners. Illustrations include portraits, landscapes, maps, the paperwork on which banking and businesses depended, and the stock of a toyshop. The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the eighteenth century and the central role of trade and luxury goods.


Shy Bird


A Shy Bird, The US Copyright Edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Charles Eilers

This is a stunning production with full details of the elusive US copyright edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom. It is illustrated throughout with the fascinating characters involved in the production and images of the various bindings. A book not to be missed by the bibliophile and T E collector. Here is a fine new copy  of this private press volume. Some seven Fleece Press books on T.E. Lawrence have been published since 1985, here is an eighth . For bibliophiles and collectors his interest in fine printing and the story of the making of his magnum opus, Seven Pillars of Wisdom are fascinating. In the run-up to publication of Seven Pillars in Britain in 1926, Lawrence felt the urgent need to avoid being pirated in the USA and so arranged to have the text printed there in an edition of just 22 copies, in order to register the book for copyright protection. Two books were sent to the Library of Congress and copies nominally offered on the publisher's list - to deter purchase- at just $20,000 each. In fact 28 were made - none of them sold - and this new book tells the complex and intriguing story of the publication, whilst also throwing light on the individuals involved and tracing the history of each surviving copy. This is an impressive, well written and beautifully researched volume by Charles Eilers, his work complemented by 42 illustrations. 180pp. Limited to just 250 copies (225 for sale). Bound in quarter cloth and paper over boards replicating the original US binding. Twenty copies (only 17 for sale) in a solander box include an original page from the 1925 Second State Prospectus for the English subscribers' edition (this edition has now sold out). Limited numbers of the standard edition now in stock.

Seven Pillars

T.E. Lawrence

We are stockists of T.E. Lawrence material and have elusive and original material as well as a range of standard titles. We are always seeking unusual titles or T.E. Lawrence related material.

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Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick
A Critical Inquiry into Ancient Armour, as it existed in Europe, but particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II, with a Glossary of Military Terms of the Middle Ages. 3 Folio volumes

A very good set of the three volumes of this important and sumptuous work on armour and weapons. Illustrated throughout with 80 engraved plates, including 71 hand-coloured and with 27 large illustrated and historiated chapter initials hand-coloured, heightened in gold. This set bound in contemporary maroon leather with marbled boards, gilt titles to spines. An attractive and sound set of this great pioneering work. This copy from the library of Dr. Peter Henry Irving Parsons (1926-2010) former Hon. Secretary of the Meyrick Society from 1991 to 2002.

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British General John Burgoyne 1790 Document Signed Autograph

BurgoyneA scarce draft note with signature British General John Burgoyne signs a draft note, dated 25 October 1790, with instructions to ''...pay to Mr. Henry Phillott on order one Hundred & fifty pounds value received...'' He signs, ''J. Burgoyne''. He is writing from Bath, the location of Phillott's Bear Inn and the note is addressed to Nathaniel Collyer, Esquire, of Leicester Square, London. General Burgoyne is best known to Americans for his surrender at Saratoga during the American Revolution. He died in London two years after the date of this document. The 8'' x 3.25'' draft bears a blindstamped one shilling revenue stamp. Small tears and minor paper loss to edge of document; a very good attractive document with a clear signature.

Burgoyne is best known for his role in the American War of Independence. During the Saratoga campaign he surrendered his army of 5,000 men to the American troops on October 17, 1777. Appointed to command a force designated to capture Albany and end the rebellion, Burgoyne advanced from Canada but soon found himself surrounded and outnumbered. He fought two battles at Saratoga, but was forced to open negotiations with Horatio Gates. Although he agreed to a convention, on 17 October 1777, which would allow his troops to return home, this was subsequently revoked and his men were made prisoners.

Burgoyne faced criticism when he returned to Britain, and never held another active command. Burgoyne was also an accomplished playwright known for his works such as The Maid of the Oaks and The Heiress, but his plays never reached the fame of his military career. He served as a member of the House of Commons of Parliament for a number of years, sitting for the seats of Midhurst and Preston. He is often referred to as Gentleman Johnny. American War of Independence related signature.


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