New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1922. First American edition. Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. Spine dulled, light rubbing and bumping, a little shaken, yet still a good copy, all holding.
First US trade edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "Witter Bynner D. H. Lawrence", the recipient being the American poet and translator Harold Witter Bynner (1881-1968), with his bookplate to the front pastedown and occasional marginalia in the text. An excellent association - introduced by Mabel Dodge Luhan, Bynner became a close friend of Lawrence, and Bynner and his lover Willard Johnson travelled with Lawrence in Mexico and lived near him in Chapala. Bynner and Johnson were gently satirized as the thrill-seeking Owen Rhys and the bland Bud Villiers in Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent (see Meyers, D. H. Lawrence: A Biography, p. 296). Bynner, in turn, published his memoir of his relationship with Lawrence, Journey with Genius, in 1951. Bynner had by that time become somewhat more hostile to his old friend, yet even so the memoir is used by biographers of Lawrence as an important source for his personality and private life. (Item #3322)