Lot 655: DS, two pages, 8.5 x 13, May 1, 1929. A contract between Lawrence and publisher Jonathan Cape for the publication of "the manuscript of a work at present entitled: 'Collected Poems,'" in which they agree on a royalty rate and various other terms. The first page bears two emendations in Lawrence's hand, adjusting his royalties to "Twelve-and-a-half percent up to Ten Thousand (10,000) copies," and he initials the page three times. Signed at the conclusion by Lawrence and countersigned by Harrison Smith. Bound with two metal clasps to the original green paper backing. Partial edge separations and crudely tape-repaired chipping along the right edge (affecting one set of his initials), otherwise very good condition. This document comes from the year after he published Lady Chatterley's Lover, which sparked worldwide controversy with its 'obscene' content. The books referenced here were published later in 1929 in two volumes, Rhyming Poems and Unrhyming Poems. Although best known for his novels, Lawrence wrote almost 800 poems throughout his life, including some of his earliest published works. A supremely desirable document specific to Lawrence's lifetime of poetic works.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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