London: Martin Secker, (1926). 4 pp undated ads. Original chocolate brown cloth, with dust jacket.
First Edition of this 476-page novel sited in Mexico. Lawrence began it in 1923 when he and Frieda lived on Lake Chapala near Guadalajara; they returned to Oaxaca in 1924-1925 so that he could complete it. It is a tale of political upheaval in Mexico (but featuring an Irish tourist named Kate) -- in which a local armed religious sect manages to overthrow Christianity and replace it with the worship of Quetzalcoatl. Although when he completed it Lawrence considered this to be his most important book, it was NOT well-received: it was condemned as being fascist, anti-Christian, and also racist (generating fear about the decline of the white race).
This volume is in fine condition; the dust jacket is very good-plus (spine faded and with a few small holes, other minor wear at the spine ends and the folds). This extremely fragile jacket is quite uncommon. Roberts A33. Housed in a clamshell case with brown leather spine and black leather label. Item #15136