The first edition: one of 1000 copies, privately printed and signed by the author

Lawrence, D[avid] H[erbert]. Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Florence, privately printed (by the Tipografia Giuntina), 1928.

4to (175 x 232 mm). (4), 365 pp., final blank page. Contemporary half cloth over papered boards with black Phoenix design on upper cover and paper title label to spine.

Auf Anfrage

First edition, number 205 of 1000 copies signed by the author. Privately printed in Italy and available by subscription only, the book was banned in England and America for obscenity for over thirty years. In notoriously frank language, the novel tells the story of the physical and emotional relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman. Remarkably, given its subsequent central importance in the history of publishing and censorship, "Lady Chatterley's Lover" was written in the astonishing time of just five weeks, in "one of Lawrence's last great bursts of creative energy [...] With the help of the Florentine bookseller Pino Orioli, the handsome volume was printed in and distributed from Florence, and made Lawrence more money than he had ever imagined" (John Worthen, ODNB).


From the library of the New York collectors Clayre and Jay Michael Haft.


Very light foxing as common. Extremities slightly rubbed, the rare dust jacket not present. Untrimmed copy.


Connolly 57. Roberts 42a.

Art.-Nr.: BN#63361