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The Rainbow.

Published: London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915

Stock code: 86632

Price: £1,500

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First edition, first impression. Methuen published The Rainbow in September 1915, but quickly withdrew it from sale in the face of almost universally hostile reviews and impending prosecution. At Bow Street magistrates’ court on 13 November it was banned as obscene, with the result that half of the print run of 1250 copies was destroyed.

Octavo. Original turquoise cloth, titles to spine gilt and to upper board in blind. Housed in a dark yellow cloth folding case. Bookplate and tiny ownership inscriptions to front pastedown. Cloth of upper board very faintly spotted, dampstain to approximately one quarter of lower board, free endpapers toned, hinges cracked but strong. A very good copy.

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