Rare First EditionD. H. Lawrence. The Rainbow. London: Methuen & Co., 1915. First edition, first printing. Octavo. vii, 403,  publisher's catalog pages. Original emerald green cloth with titles blind-stamped on the front board and lettered in gilt on the spine. Cloth worn at the spine ends and corners; boards with scattered soiling; spine faded; cloth slightly lifting from back panel; former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown; slight toning to pages, otherwise a solid copy in very good condition.
One of 1,250 copies originally printed, of which 429 were destroyed due to legal action. The sexually overt contents initiated an immediate call for it to be suppressed, and in November 1915, Methuen failed to defend the publication in court, making the statement "that they regretted having published it." As a consequence, The Rainbow was ordered to be destroyed and only part of the print run survived. Roberts A7a.
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