Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Florence, Privately Printed, by the Tipografia Giuntina, directed by L. Franceschini, 1928
Lawrence's writing and opinions earned him many enemies, censorship and misrepresentation of his creativity, which was his reflection on the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation, while also exploring issues such as emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct.
To avoid British censorship and certain prosecution, this edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover was published privately in Florence therefore not only is it the first edition but the first unexpurgated edition, which would not be seen in the U. K. until 1960. Even then, the publisher, Penguin stood trial under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959, in which one of the objections was to the frequent use of the word 'fuck'. The prosecution was ridiculed for being out of touch with changing social opinions, particularly when the Chief Prosecutor, Mervyn Griffith-Jones asked if it were the kind of book 'you would wish your wife or servants to read.' The jury was less prudish and acquitted Penguin on all charges.
First edition, limited issue, number 316 of 1000 copies signed by the author; large 8vo (23 x 17 cm); publisher's mulberry coloured boards, Lawrence's phoenix device to upper board in black, white paper title label to spine printed in black, minor bump at top of the spine with a tiny scuff but a remarkably fresh copy and distinctly scarce thus.
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