BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY D.H. LAWRENCE IN THE YEAR OF HIS DEATH TO HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS
LAWRENCE, D.H. David. A Play. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. Octavo, original paper covered boards. $1500.
First American edition, presentation association copy inscribed on the half title by D.H. Lawrence to his “closest friends”: “Earl + Achsah from D.H. Lawrence.”
Lawrence first met Earl Brewster and his wife Achsah Brewster in 1921 in Capri. The couple, American artists who shared Lawrence’s love of travel, were his “closest friends in the 1920s” (Meyers, 251). The couple had a great influence on Lawrence’s literary works, with Lawrence claiming that Earl had given him the idea for his last novel, The Escaped Cock. Achsah was one of only 10 people to attend Lawrence’s funeral, and “the Brewsters were among the very few of Lawrence’s friends who never turned on him or against whom he never felt anger or disappointment” (Roberts in Meyers, 134). The Brewsters published a memoir of the author in 1934, entitled D. H. Lawrence: Reminiscences and Correspondence. Lawrence signed this book four months before his death. This is the first American edition, published only months after the first English edition. Roberts A34.
Text clean and fine, original boards bright. Expert restoration to original spine. A very good copy with a wonderful association.