Paris: Edward W. Titus, 1932. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black buckram cloth, spine and upper board gilt, unopened, original olive dust jacket printed in red and black.
First edition of Anaïs Nin's first book, inscribed by her on the front free endpaper: "Diane / with friendship / Anaïs." A literary study of her hero D.H. Lawrence, published as his popularity was in decline following the censorship and controversy surrounding works such as Lady Chatterley's Lover. No stranger to the erotic or profane, Nin praises Lawrence's intuition and sensitivity, particularly when writing women: "It is the first time that a man has so wholly and completely expressed women accurately." With two facsimile manuscript pages from Lady Chatterley. Copy #496 of 500 for subscribers, from a total edition of 550. Spine slightly rolled, light foxing to fore-edge; unclipped dust jacket with light toning to spine panel and several nicks to spine-ends and flap folds. Withal, an exceptionally nice copy. Item #774