Hard Cover. Florence: G. Orioli, 1931. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition, limited issue of 750 numbered copies. Publisher's red paper boards, with Lawrence's trademark phoenix design to the front board in black, black paper title label lettered in gilt to the spine, printed on laid paper. Very good, with some sunning to the spine and board edges, a slight lean to the spine, front corner and spine ends lightly bumped, former owner's signature to the front free endpaper, otherwise fresh and clean interior. Roberts A57. Published as No. 6 in Orioli's Lungarno series, Apocalypse is a posthumously published text which grew out of Lawrence's fascination with the Biblical "Book of Revelations." Indeed, the opening phrase, "Apocalypse simply means Revelation, although there is nothing simple about this one," sets the stage for Lawrence's musings regarding the prophesied phenomenon over which "men have puzzled their brains for over two thousand years." Lawrence was working on this text in the last months of his life, and, after his death in March 1930, his widow sent the text to Giuseppe Orioli, the publisher of the first unexpurgated edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928).