19 June 2007
LAWRENCE, David Herbert (1885-1930). Lady Chatterley's Lover. Florence: Privately Printed, 1928.
8o. Original mulberry colored paper boards printed with the Lawrence phoenix in black on the front cover, printed paper spine label, uncut (a few splits and chips along joints). Provenance: Jared B. French (1905-1988), American artist (letter and order forms relating to his attempt to order a copy of the novel laid-in, given to); Paul Cadmus (1904-1999), American painter.
FIRST EDITION, LIMITED ISSUE, number 107 of 1000 copies signed by Lawrence. Lawrence commissioned the Tipografia Guintina in Florence to print Lady Chatterley's Lover in the spring of 1928 after it was rejected by several English publishers. He planned to sell the one thousand numbered copies for £2 each and sent order forms to friends in America and Europe who acted as agents in distributing copies. By December 1928, Lawrence had nearly sold all one thousand copies despite the fact that the novel was about to be suppressed in London and was stopped from entering the United States.
This copy is accompanied by a very revealing series of correspondence relating to the controversial nature of Lawrence's novel. In one letter, Mr. French, upon inquiring about obtaining a copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover, is cautioned by the Italian booksellers Davis and Orioli: "We could send you a copy at your own risk, on receipt of $30. But we don't guarantee this copy reaching you as many have been confiscated by the American authorities (11 October 1928)." Also included is an original order form for the novel, an invoice from Pino Orioli, and the original custom form indicating that the novel did eventually reach Mr. French. Roberts A42a.
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