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#530 - D. H. Lawrence Estimate: $1,000+

Scarce privately published, limited edition of the controversial Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Signed book: Lady Chatterley's Lover. First edition, limited issue, numbered 450/1000. Florence: Privately Printed, 1928. Hardcover bound in the original boards with a new spine and endpapers, 6.75 x 9, 365 pages. Signed on the colophon in fountain pen, "D. H. Lawrence." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG-/None, with large chips to corners of boards and aforementioned new spine and endpapers. Accompanied by a custom-made slipcase.

Bypassing the censors, Lawrence had his book privately printed in Italy by the Tipografia Giuntina after British and American publishers, questioning the novel's subject matter and language, refused to handle it without comprehensive revisions—changes that Lawrence rejected. Despite being banned in Britain, and with several illicit consignments seized in police raids, the edition sold out within six months and has continued to fascinate the book-buying public.

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