Hard Cover. London: Martin Secker, 1921. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First trade edition (preceded by the 1920 signed limited edition, privately printed in New York for subscribers), first impression. One of 1,500 copies. Publisher's chocolate brown cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt to spine, bottom edge untrimmed. A very good or better copy with some faint rubbing to rear board, light wear to extremities, text block edges toned, bookplate of the prominent book collector Norman F. H. Freudenthal to front pastedown. 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.