Kangaroo. D. H. LAWRENCE.


New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923. First Edition. Lawrence's Australian novel, the first draft of which was completed in that country. Surprisingly, Lawrence insisted to Martin Secker, British publisher of Kangaroo, that the English edition not be published until after the American. In fact, the American and British versions differ quite drastically, especially so in the "Nightmare" chapter. Additionally, the British edition concludes with four significant paragraphs that do not appear in this edition at all. Nevertheless, F. P. Jarvis in Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 59 (1965), pp. 400-424, argues that the American edition is the more reliable of the two, Lawrence's proofs having made it to Seltzer but not to Secker in time for the first printings of either editions. Furthermore, there are omissions in the "Nightmare" chapter most likely made by Secker in a bowdlerizing attempt to make the text less obscene. ROBERTS A26. 12mo (19cm.); original cloth in yellow pictorial dust jacket (dampstaining); [6],421pp. Shallow chips and rubbing to jacket extremities, spine uniformly faded to tan; minor additional dampstain with ink bleed from external source to bottom textblock edge affecting interior; jacket not price-clipped, though a rubberstamp price cancel of $2 slightly obscures the original price of $2.50. Good or better in the scarce, fragile jacket. This original printing issued in a run of 1000 copies.

Price: $350.00