The White Peacock
Published By: William Heinemann 1911 (London)
Outstanding association copy, gifted by D.H. Lawrence to his fiancée Louise Burrows. Signed to the ffep, 'Asddiscombe 20 Jan 1911 Louise from D.H. Lawrence.' Additional pencil annotations throughout in her hand, to several different pages. Remarks are in depth and give an insight into their short-lived relationship including quotations such as 'but Leslie becomes himself later on, just as Lettie becomes me, only I always disliked Neville', and 'Our old garden at Cossall'. First edition, first impression, in the original blue cloth binding, with white titles to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. First state binding with publishers device to the rear board. A little bumping to the spine ends and corners otherwise in very good condition. Housed in a custom made clamshell box, felt lined with silk bookmark, label band and gilt titles to the spine. Hinges just starting but binding still relatively tight. A touch of foxing otherwise contents in very good clean condition. One page with the bottom right hand corner creased, and a small segment that looks intentionally torn out, and left on that page (possible book mark?). Overall an exceptional example of the authors first novel, given to Louise just a month after they got engaged in December 1910. Louise and D.H. Lawrence's subsequent relationship was short lived, but she inspired three of his poems, and the character in 'The Rainbow'. A true collectors piece.
Book Condition: Very Good
Binding: Hard Back