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Lady Chatterley's Lover...

Including My Skirmish with Jolly Roger. Written Especially and Exclusively as an Introduction to this Popular Edition.

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Published: Paris privately printed [for the author by Edward Titus] 1929

Stock Code: 125875

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the publisher Edward Titus, this the first copy off the press of the second authorized edition of Lawrence's magnum opus. Lawrence has inscribed 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".
Lady Chatterley's Lover was first published in an edition of 1,000 copies by the Orioli Press in Florence in 1928, and almost immediately pirated by at least four different publishers. Spurred on by these piracies to get an affordable edition into circulation, Lawrence approached Edward Titus and negotiated the present edition to be sold at 60 francs, with a new introduction regarding the pirated printings entitled "My Skirmish with Jolly Roger".
Accompanying this copy is a typed letter signed from Lawrence to Titus, dated 5 April 1929, addressed from the Hotel de Versailles, Boulevard Montparnasse, Paris, which constitutes Lawrence's attempt at a formal contract between author and publisher for the present edition. He 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. Lawrence has also cautiously corrected the word "partnership" to "connection" and initialled the change. Titus's prospectus for the edition is also laid in.
Presentation copies of Lady Chatterley's Lover in any printing are rare. We know of just one other that has appeared in commerce: the Florence edition inscribed to Frank Curtin, sold at the Manney sale in 1991.

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Octavo. Original brown wrappers printed in black, printed paper label to spine. Contemporary quarter red morocco chemise with marbled sides, in a marbled slipcase bearing Titus's device of the Black Manikin.


Front wrapper detached with a portion lost, but otherwise in very sharp condition.


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