Sons and Lovers - D. H. Lawrence 1913 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition, Roberts variant 1 with cancel title (see full description for more detail) Lawrence’s unforgettable and closely autobiographical novel, the compelling story of Gertrude and Walter Morel set amidst the working-class background of the author’s native Nottinghamshire.

Embittered by her uneducated, and often abusive husband Walter, the delicate Gertrude turns her marriage into a battle ground, and devotes her life to her children, William and Paul, determined that they should not follow their father into a life working in the coal mines, but with inevitable consequences.
  David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire in 1885. Frequently ill as a child, he developed a close relationship with his mother, who encouraged him to read and write, and who would ultimately have a significant impact on his early work. He studied for his teacher’s certificate at Nottingham University College and later taught for two years at an elementary school in Croydon. His first major novel, Sons and Lovers, is an autobiographical account of these early years. Despite poor health and an unsettled life, Lawrence’s output was remarkable, comprising of novels, short stories, poetry, and travel narratives. His final novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, privately printed in Florence in 1928, caused much furore at the time publication for its supposed indecency, and subsequently did not appear in England or the US until more than 30 years later; it’s difficult now to understand the outrage occasioned over Lawrence’s work. He died from tuberculosis in Venice in 1930.

‘Lawrence is a genius whose best work has somehow to be disentangled from the propaganda department...’
– Cyril Connolly

Roberts in his
Bibliography of D. H. Lawrence notes three variants of the first edition, and although he cannot be entirely sure, common sense indicate that the first state would be with integral title page without a date (which Roberts, just to add more confusion, calls Variant 3), the error of no date being spotted the page was reset with the date ‘1913’ and for those already bound the offending page was cut out and replaced with a new title page (Roberts Variant 1, as per this copy), those bound after that included the dated page as an integral part of the text block (Roberts Variant 2). Roberts never actually saw a copy with undated title page, and the usual state to find this work in is with the cancel title page.

Provenance: Domer V. Dougherty of Oklahoma, with his ‘D. H. Lawrence Collection’ bookplate.
References: Drabble,
The Oxford Companion to English Literature 577. McCrum, ‘D.H. Lawrence’ The Guardian 2014. Penguin Classics, web. Roberts, A4 a (1). Connolly, The Modern Movement 21.

Octavo (19 x 13 cm) pp. vii [1] 423 [1] 20 (publisher’s catalogue). Publisher’s dark blue cloth lettered in gilt to upper cover and spine, with cancel title page and publisher blind stamp to bottom left corner of lower cover.
  Condition: Very good, light rubbing to extremities, slight leant to spine, vertical creasing and 1 cm closed tear to lower edge of page vii, 1 cm tear to upper corner of page 317, a few rear signatures slightly over-opened, one or two small spots to pages, rear hinge starting.   Ref: 107608   Price: HK$ 7,800