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The Trial of Lady Chatterley  edited by  C. H. Rolph

The Trial of Lady Chatterley edited by C. H. Rolph


Allen Lane Christmas book 1961.

For many years, the founder of Penguin Books, had one of the company's books published in a limited edition (in this case 2,000 copies) to sign and send as a Christmas greeting to friends and business associates. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the book chosen for 1961 was an edited transcript of the most famous trial in publishing history. It had been published as a Penguin Special paperback earlier in the year, but this premium edition had additional material: a report on a post-trial debate in the House of Lords.

The front and rear endpapers feature a drawing by Paul Hogarth of the Old Bailey - where the trial took place. The books is illustrated with Hogarth's drawings of key personalities inside the court and contemporaneous newspaper cartoons.

Arguably, this particular copy should not exist: it is an 'out of series' copy, albeit apparently initialled by Allen Lane.

It is in good condition, marred only by minor foxing to the top edge.

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