Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Including My Skirmish with Jolly Roger. Written Especially and Exclusively as an Introduction to this Popular Edition.
Second authorized edition: the so-called Author’s Unabridged Popular Edition. The novel was initially published in an edition of 1,000 copies by the Orioli Press in Florence in 1928, and was almost immediately pirated by at least four different publishers. Lawrence had always intended to release a cheap version, and was spurred on to do so by the appearance of the unauthorized copies. In 1929 he approached Edward Titus and negotiated an edition to be sold at 60 francs, with a new introduction regarding the pirated printings entitled My Skirmish with Jolly Roger. This copy is inscribed by the author on the title page “To Edward W. Titus from D. H. Lawrence this first copy of our Lady of Paris. Forte dei Marmi, 26 June 1929”. Accompanying this copy is a typed letter signed and with a single autograph correction from Lawrence to Titus dated April 5th, 1929 addressed from the Hotel de Versailles Boulevard Montparnasse Paris. This letter was to serve as the contract between the author and Titus for the publication of this edition. Lawrence outlines the agreed terms including the published price, number of copies to be printed, terms under which further printings could be done and details regarding the termination of the contract. Inscribed copies of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in any printing are rare. We know of just one copy of the Florence edition and this copy of the Paris printing to have appeared for sale in the past 30 years.
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Octavo. Original brown wrappers printed in black, printed paper label to spine. In a contemporary quarter red morocco chemise with marbled sides in a marbled slipcase bearing Titus’s device of the Black Manikin. Front wrapper torn with loss, some minor wear to the spine. Very good.