“The Escaped Cock” by D.H. Lawrence

The Escaped Cock by D.H. Lawrence (Paris, Black Sun: 1929)

8°: [a]6, [b]–[i]4, [k]–[o]4; 58 leaves, 96 pages. 8 1/4 x 6 5/8.

First edition. Number 343 of 450 numbered copies printed September 1929 by Lescaret on Holland Van Gelder Zonen paper; an additional 50 copies signed by the author were printed on Japanese vellum.  Paper wrappers with a glassine dust jacket and a slipcase (variously described as “cloth slipcase with leather spine and gilt spine” or “copper and brown marbled,” though it’s frequently absent as is the case with  the present copy). Available by subscription only from Harry and Caresse Crosby’s Paris-based Black Sun Press. Lawrence provided watercolor decorations at the start and end of each of the book’s two parts (pages 1, 42, 43, and 96), as well as a frontispiece (seen below).

The first English edition was published posthumously in September 1931 by Martin Secker using (against Lawrence’s wishes) the title The Man Who Died; the author’s watercolors were replaced with woodcuts by John Farleigh. This alternate title has largely persisted in subsequent editions, though the original is sometimes appended as a subtitle.
Lawrence’s decoration preceding the book’s first part.
Lawrence’s decoration preceding the book’s second part.

Decorations after first and second parts, respectively.
Colophon and numbering.
Copyright notice. 
The Escaped Cock is in fine company amidst Black Sun’s 1929 offerings, particularly Hart Crane’s iconic long poem The Bridge (though indeed, that book was not published until the following year). 

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