First edition, first impression. With the author’s early presentation inscription to the title page, “To Else from the Author”. The recipient was Lawrence’s sister-in-law Else von Richtofen, sister of his new wife Frieda. Else and Lawrence first met in the early summer of 1912 just as The Trespasser was reaching publication. She had begun a career in teaching but, after taking a degree in economics at Heidelberg in 1901, she obtained a position as labour inspector in Karlsruhe. Later she would marry Max Weber and subsequently Edgar Jaffe with each of whom she would have two children. Lawrence kept up a regular correspondence with Else throughout the rest of his life. Presentation copies of Lawrence’s early books are rare.
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Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt. Spine a little rolled but an excellent copy.