LAWRENCE, D.H. Sons and Lovers. London: Duckworth and Co., 1913.
8vo., original blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and upper board; pp. [vi], vii-viii; 423; [20 (advertisements)]; minimal rubbing to extremities; slight even toning and spotting throughout; bookseller sticker and stamp to end paste-down; a very good copy.
First edition. With the 20 page advertisment catalogue to rear, lacking the additional tipped-in title page. Sons and Lovers reflects the period of significant cultural and industrial change at the start of the twentieth century in England. Reflecting on Lawrence's own experiences growing up in a mining town, he works to paint images of working-class life, and the drive to escape from it, in nuanced and convincing ways. This work is often considered as a transitional piece in Lawrence's writing career, marking a distinct shift from his earlier naturalistic and pastoral novels to a more introspective, psychological, and social commentary style. Lawrence's powerful characters and plots still holds much significance today, and continues to be appreciated for its exploration of human psychology, family dynamics, and the impacts of industrialisation and social class on the plethora of lives featured within it.