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The Singing Caravan. A Sufi Tale
Newtown: Gregynog Press, 1932. No. 154 of 250 copies printed by Herbert John Hodgson. Frontispiece and decorative initials and tailpiece by William MacCance in brown and black. 1 vols. 4to. Full brown sheep over bevelled boards, spine and upper cover titled in gilt. Spine rubbed. Very good, internally fine. No. 154 of 250 copies printed by Herbert John Hodgson. Frontispiece and decorative initials and tailpiece by William MacCance in brown and black. 1 vols. 4to. Fine press edition of this verse work by Robert Vansittart (1887-1957). Vansittart was a cousin of T.E. Lawrence, who wrote Edward Garnett in May 1930 about the Gregynog "Hodgson, the pressman of course was mine. Who runs the press? And who chooses their books? They have taste? I would like them to do Crane's Jenny (out of print and hard to get) and Vansittart's Singing Caravan, which Heinemann printed poorly" (12 May 1930) Lawrence knew the poem well. He wrote a draft of the dedicatory poem for Seven Pillars, To S.A., on a blank leaf of one of his copies of the 1919 edition. This copy from the library of Shea Johnson (long active in the T.E. Lawrence Society), with here notes loosely inserted, and Lawrence's draft verses written out in a neat hand on a blank at the end. Her interest in The Singing Caravan is discussed in her article, Discoveries, in Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society XII:2 (2003), pp. 34-64. Harrop 22
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