1929 My Skirmish With Jolly Roger
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First Edition, Limited Edition, Publishers' Original Binding
The first edition of this work.
Errata slip is present.
A limited edition work, limited to six-hundred copies, of which this is numbered five-hundred and seventy-five. Though it states that six-hundred copies were printed, the were actually seven-hundred copies printed.
'My Skirmish With Jolly Roger' was written as Lawrence's response to the pirated editions of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' being published in the States and in Europe. The piracy was rampant for this novel after it was banned for obscenity in many countries, including in the U.K.
In this work, Lawrence defends the contents of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' was a controversial novel when first published in a private edition in Italy in 1928 and France in 1929. An unexpurgated edition was not openly published in the U.K. until 1960, when it was the subject of an important obscenity trial against Penguin Books. The book had been banned due to its obscenity in being sexually explicitly, and for its use of the then-unprintable four-letter words. The romance in the novel was also notorious at the time as it took place between an upper-class woman and a working-class man.
This was an important novel of the twentieth century, ushering in the sexual revolution that happened post-World War Two into the 60s and 70s.
'My Skirmish With Jolly Roger' was later published as a trade edition under the title 'A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover', and was rewritten and lengthened. This original version was never republished thereafter.
In the original publisher's paper covered boards. Externally, fine. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.
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