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Rare book Auction: Letter from T E Lawrence

Posted on Roger Collicott's Blog

'An invitation to British Columbia' - A letter from T E Lawrence to Martin A Grainger' with a preface by Jeremy Wilson, foreward by Done Stewart, signed by both (BK18/178). This is a limited edition of fifty signed and numbered copies, plus twenty for private circulation.This copy, extra bound by Claudia Cohen, includes a proof of the facsimile letter.

 an invitation to british columbia a letter from t e lawrence

        An invitation to British Columbia a letter from T E Lawrence (BK18/178)

Returning to England after many eventful years serving in the Middle East, he hoped to live a quiet life but his fame followed him back home, where Lawrence received a letter from a young man Martin Allerdale Grainger, suggesting the merits of living 'the quiet life' of British Columbia. This book includes a facsimile letter of his reply and carries a pre-sale estimate of £200 - £300 in the 6th September 2017 Antiquarian Book Auction at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.

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This article was originally published on Roger Collicott's Blog on Sat, 02 Sep 2017 09:01:58 GMT.

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Roger Collicott has an ingrained passion for books, having been bought up with a background in printing.

On leaving school, it seemed that a career in the printing trade was almost inevitable. Roger served a six year apprenticeship at the prestigious WS Cowells in Ipswich before changing careers and moving to St Ives in Cornwall, where he developed skills as a leather craftsman, exhibiting at the inaugural exhibition of the highly regarded Cornwall Crafts Association.

Roger went on to have a successful career selling his craft work all over the World. While in St Ives, he developed a keen interest in the St Ives School of Artists and befriended a number of the artists. He has built up an extensive library of reference books relating to them over the years.

Roger is also a passionate collector of maps, focussing on Cornwall, but has developed an extensive knowledge of antique maps in general.

Roger became the book consultant at our predecessor firm of Hampton & Littlewood in 2002, where he was responsible for the sale of a number of important collections, including the Ron Morris Optical Toy and Moveable Image Collection, the Janet Hill Collection of Costume and Fashion Books and the Eileen Oates Collection of Cornish Books to name a few.

Since the the formation of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, he has helped to build one of the few dedicated specialist auction book departments in the West Country, capable of handling all printed materials, books, maps, manuscripts and early photography.

Roger Collicott now lives in the heart of Dartmoor. Moving from collecting to selling is a small step. Roger has been retailing books, maps and prints for well over thirty years, these days with a strong online presence. A keen footballer when younger, he has swapped codes and is now more often found following Exeter Chiefs on a Saturday, when not trekking across his beloved moor with his two dogs.

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