Hard Cover. London: Martin Secker, 1921. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First trade edition. One of 1,500 copies. Publisher's chocolate brown boards, lettered in gilt, ruled in blind. Very good or better, with minor wear to the spine ends, a hint of soiling to the rear board, spine very lightly starting at the half-title, some light toning to the otherwise clean pages. Roberts A15.c. Women in Love chronicles the lives of three generations of Brangwens, a farming family from Nottinghamshire, whose livelihoods and relationships are affected by the industrialization of England. Lawrence originally intended the text, which he edited and revised for several years, to be titled "The Sisters," but eventually divided it into Women in Love and its prequel The Rainbow (1915). Because of the controversies surrounding The Rainbow, censored for Lawrence's unapologetic descriptions of the characters' sexual desires, Women in Love was initially rejected by "almost every publisher in London." Although Lawrence completed the manuscript in 1916, Women in Love was first published privately in New York in November 1920 before this first trade edition of June 1921.