Florence, Italy: Private, 1928. Pirate Edition. Hardcover. 6 1/8 X 8 1/4 Inches. 365 PP. Very Good. Item #1407
#555 of 1000 numbered copies. Assumed first year "Pirate" edition as this copy is unsigned. This particular copy accompanied by a lengthy ALS from Henry Seidel Canby on official Saturday Review of Literature stationery. In part, "Dear Mrs. Jacobs, I apolgize for keeping the Lawrence so long (it is going to you today) but I wanted to read it carefully as did my wife. It is an extraordinary book, admirable in its truth and frailness, and it seems unfortunate that our taboos make it impossible to circulate it, at least among those of sufficient experience to take it as written." The letter goes on to discuss the rate at which the Italian edition of 1929 sold out as well as a few strengths of the novel. An interesting connection is that the book once belonged to Mr. and Mrs. Sinclair Jacobs of Atlanta, GA. Mr. Jacobs was the son of the founder and President of Jacob's Pharmacy. Jacob's was the first and original pharmacy to sell Coca-Cola at their store soda fountains. This connection is well documented on Coca-Cola's own history pages.
A well-traveled copy of this classic that was apparently read and shared by several influential Americans thirty years before the same text was permitted to be printed in the United States of America (the 1959 Grove Press edition). ALS in original cover envelope addressed to Mrs. Sinclair Jacobs. Contemporary burgundy buckram rebinding. A few primitive paper repairs to the corners of the first four pages. Light foxing and toning. Small section of insect damage to front pastedown as shown.