In Lancashire, an antique bookcase is the ideal place to display rare first edition books, although the one which recently turned up on Dickinson’s Real Deal would probably be relegated to the top shelf.
The show, which was shown on 10th December, came from Nottinghamshire, the birthplace of author, poet and artist DH Lawrence. A fascinating figure whose life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis, Lawrence (1885 – 1930) is best known for novels such as Sons and Lovers and Women in Love. While these books may seem tame by today’s standards, they were subject to heavy censorship at the time they were written.
During the show, David met with Elizabeth Moran, curator of the DH Lawrence Heritage collection, who was able to furnish him with some facts about the writer’s most famous and controversial work – Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Self-published in Florence, Italy, in 1928, and rewritten a year later, the novel found an eager audience in France where the decency laws were far more relaxed than in Britain. Moran was able to show David a 1929 first edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, as well as several other original artefacts. These included an antique desk stand which Lawrence carved from coal – a reminder of his humble beginnings and of the breadth of his artistic talent.
David described Lawrence as a literary genius, adding:
“To really know the man, you need to read more of his books and novels.”
Today, works by David Herbert Lawrence are openly displayed on the antique bookcases of Ribble Valley residents, who can rely on a local antique dealer to find them the best deal.
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