First edition, first impression, private issue being one of just 50 copies on japon bound in leather. With the author’s superb signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “Aldous & Maria [Huxley] from D.H.L.” A perfect association of a key book of Lawrence’s later period. Pansies is a series of acerbic point pieces and was written as an immediate reaction to the storm of criticism caused by publication of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1928. A typically bitter and spirited Lawrencian jeux it appeared in several formats the present example being the fullest and most limited version. Maria and Aldous Huxley were at this time Lawrence’s closest friends, they visited each other frequently many letters passed between them particularly at this time and specifically in the subject of this book.
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Octavo. Original cream pigskin, titles and decoration to upper board and spine in brown and blue, top edge gilt. Housed in a quarter morocco solander box. Some minor wear to base of the spine and at the corners but very good indeed.