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Lady Chatterlys Lover

Lady Chatterlys Lover

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Lady Chatterlys Lover

by D. H. Lawrence

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Lady Chatterly's Lover needs no introduction - it has famously been discussed and infamously banned. When Lawrence tried to publish it in the UK and the US, publishers declined. Through an introduction by Norman Douglas (South Wind -1917) Lawrence approached the Florentine bookseller and publisher Giuseppe "Pino" Orioli who published a limited edition of 1500. The volume presented here is numbered 120.

Lawrence presented his manuscript, unexpurgated, to Orioli who had it typeset by Italians who did not speak English. The result was unsteady with many typographical mistakes. Lawrence edited several copies before the final product was printed.

The book is in fair to good condition: the spine is shaken and the paper covers on the boards are faded; the corners are bumped in a minor way; paper is lightly toned but clean and bright - a perfectly readable copy. Between pages 23 and 32 there appear what seem to be splash marks at the bottom of the pages. There is a small book plate inside the front cover: "Ex libris C. Whitehead". The title on the spine is a glued-on label.

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D.H. Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover holds the distinguished title of being one the most banned books in history. Infamous for its explicit descriptions of sex and other vulgarities, it was only published openly in the United Kingdom in 1960. The book focused on the illicit affair between an upper-class woman and her lower-class gamekeeper, and it was received with outrage and intrigue, resulting in numerous abridged versions being published throughout the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Because the first edition was so quickly banned from public consumption, there are many abridged and censored versions available, though few are as valuable as the original. The first printings were bound with brown boards with an insignia of a phoenix gracing its front cover. The phoenix has remained a potent symbol for the book, in large part because of the book's victory in the infamous British Obscenity Trial in 1960. D.H. Lawrence was a well-known English author who wrote many novels, short stories, and books of poetry. Not just an author, Lawrence was also a well-respected literary critic who wrote several essays regarding other famous writers, including Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman.


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E. Crocker US (US)
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Lady Chatterlys Lover
D. H. Lawrence
Faded lavendar boards, faded greenish spine
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Used - Fair to good
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First - Pirated
Privately printed
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8.75 x 6
0.00 lbs
Banned, erotic,
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A hardcover in which the text block is loose, but still attached to the binding.
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
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