LAWRENCE, David Herbert (1885-1930). Amores. London: T. and A. Constable for Duckworth and Company, .
8° (185 x 125mm). Publisher's device on title. 16-page publisher's catalogue bound in at the end. (Somewhat spotted.) Original blue cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, blind-stamped publisher's device on lower board (extremities very lightly rubbed, unobtrusive minor worming on lower hinge), top edge trimmed, others uncut. Provenance: 'Louie Burrows. , Quorn. 1916.' (Louisa Heath, née Burrows, 1888-1962, inscription on front free endpaper; her later pencilled annotations)--Mr Frederick Heath (Burrows's widower)--sale, Neales Nottingham, 24 October 1985, lot 24 (sold with 26 other lots acquired from the sale of the estate of Mrs Heath 'approximately 20 years ago')--sale, Sotheby's London, 2-3 and 30-31 July 1990, lot 806, to Kogan (named buyer)--sale, Sotheby's London, 14-15 November 1991, lot 652, to Forster (named buyer)--sale Collection of the Late Bob Forster, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 24 June 1998, lot 33.
FIRST EDITION. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY FROM THE LIBRARY OF LAWRENCE'S FIANCéE LOUIE BURROWS, on whom Ursula Brangwen in The Rainbow and Women in Love was partly modeled. Lawrence and Burrows had probably first met in 1900, and both attended the Pupil-Teacher Centre at Ilkeston between 1902 and 1905, after which they became students at University College, Nottingham in 1906. Although Lawrence was in love with Jessie Chambers during these years, his affections gradually turned to Burrows and in December 1910 Lawrence and Burrows became engaged. However, relations between them became increasing strained over the following year and in February 1912 Lawrence broke off the engagement; a few weeks later he met Frieda Weekley, whom he married in 1914.
The poems contained in Amores (Lawrence's second collection of poetry) were written over a span of some years, and as Lawrence wrote to the dedicatee Lady Ottoline Morrell, '[the poems] make a sort of inner history of my life, from 20 to 26 [i.e. 1905 to 1911]' (letter of 1 February 1916, H.T. Moore (ed.) The Collected Letters of D.H. Lawrence (London: 1962), I, p.419). This copy is notable for Burrows's glosses to the poems on the following pages:
P.38, 'Scent of Irises'. Above the title is added 'Those orchids I think that I sent from Ratcliffe or perhaps Paxton's brook at Cossall', and line 5 ('To see the class's ...') is glossed 'at Croydon'.
P.42, 'Last Words to Miriam'. The word 'Miriam' in the title has been glossed '(Jessie)'.
P.68, 'Drunk'. Above the title is added 'Perhaps written at Croydon -- early 1912'.
P.83, 'Brooding Grief'. By the title is added 'December 1911 [the final number '2' overwritten '1'].'
P.113, 'Brother and Sister'. Below the title is added 'Bert and Ada -- Dec. 1911'.
P.122 'Snap-Dragon'. Above the title is added 'Written during our engagement because I challenged his ability to write such love poems as Richard Middleton[']s. Published July [?]1912' (last numeral partially erased).
Of these annotations, perhaps the most interesting is the note to 'Snap-Dragon'. This poem about Lawrence's love for Burrows, which became one of his best known, was erroneously dated to 1907 by Jessie Chambers but has subsequently been redated to 1911 on the basis of Burrows's note in this copy (cf. J. Worthen D.H. Lawrence (Cambridge: 1991), p.552, mistakenly citing the source as an annotation in the copy of Look! We Have Come Through! sold by Neales rather than the present volume). However, the poem was published in the English Review of June and not July 1912 as Burrows states (cf. Roberts D.H. Lawrence (1982), pp.26-7). Despite the ending of their engagement, Burrows still held strong feelings for Lawrence and 'Obviously had never renounced her love and devotion for Lawrence' (Sir Herbert Read, quoted in: J.T. Boulton (ed.) Lawrence in Love (Nottingham: 1968), p.xxviii). At the time of her retirement from teaching in 1941, Burrows 'was collecting material probably with the intention of writing a memoir of [Lawrence]' (loc. cit), and it is possible that these glosses were added then, some thirty years after the poems were written, as an aide-mémoire.
Roberts notes that 900 copies of the first edition of Amores were printed, and distinguishes three variants; the present copy conforms to his variant 1 (containing the advertisements and with untrimmed fore and lower edges). Roberts suggests that variant 1 copies were probably the earliest issue, and may have been advance copies (citing a copy with a publisher's review stamp). Roberts D.H. Lawrence (1982) A9a.