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LAWRENCE, D.H.

Published by Privately Printed, 1928., Florence: (1928)

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From: Jeff Weber Rare Books, ABAA (Carlsbad, CA, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Privately Printed, 1928., Florence:, 1928. Small quarto. 365 pp. Original brown printed boards with the black phoenix insignia on the upper cover, printed paper spine label, plain cream jacket, top edge rough-trimmed; faint trace of foxing to fore-edges. . The original plain white jacket is well preserved, showing a few minor chips to extremities, one cellophane tape application to verso, but rarely found in such a state. Near fine. SUPERB COPY WITH ORIGINAL JACKET. LIMITED EDITION of 1000 numbered copies, signed by the author. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INFLUENTIAL NOVELS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND ONE WHICH WAS BANNED AND SHUNNED BY BRITISH AND AMERICAN PUBLISHERS WHO SOUGHT TO SENSOR THE FRANK NATURE OF THE WRITING AND ITS EROTIC THEMES. The London publisher, Martin Secker, had refused to publish Lawrence’s unexpurgated version of the story. He thus determined to publish it himself, away from copyright protection in England, in its original form, in this edition of 1,000 copies. The author’s signature on the edition was certainly a mark of giving both the author’s stamp of approval or authentication as well as increasing its collector’s value as a signed book. Lawrence turned to the Tipografia Giuntina or Florence to issue his edition. In 1955 the Dial Press published the first British edition but it was cleaned and not obscene. “Writers including J.B. Priestley, Graham Greene and Aldous Huxley penned passionate defenses of the book, condemning the Government’s description of the novel as “pornographic” and demanding the book be published. In October 1960, Lady Chatterley’s Lover became the first novel to be targeted under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act, when Penguin attempted to publish the book in Britain to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Lawrence’s death.” - Roya Nikkhah, (Oct. 20, 2010), The Telegraph. After a court case it took 32 years before society allowed the book to be published in either the United States or the United Kingdom. Thus in 1959 a court case cleared the way for Penguin Publishers to issue the first authorized unexpurgated edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1960. Several noted writers wrote in support of Lawrence’s novel: “[Aldous] Huxley … provided a handwritten deposition to the defense team, writing: “Lady Chatterley’s Lover is an essentially wholesome book . That a beautiful and serious work of art should run the risk of being banned because its creator . chose to make use of certain words that it is conventional to regard it as shocking â€" this is surely the height of absurdity.”“ “Following a two-week trial, on November 2, 1960 the jury delivered a unanimous verdict of “not guilty”. Lady Chatterley’s Lover sold more than three million copies within three months of the verdict.” â€" Roya Nikkhah. Warren Roberts & Paul Poplawski, A Bibliography of D. H. Lawrence, Cambridge University Press, (2001), A42a. Bookseller Inventory # LV1987

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