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SOLD - 2 RARE D H Lawrence Penguin-like paperback books banned from sale in US/Britain, Love Among the Haystacks, The First Lady Chatterley

SOLD - 2 RARE D H Lawrence Penguin-like paperback books banned from sale in US/Britain, Love Among the Haystacks, The First Lady Chatterley

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There are no other books like these two.

They are a part of a series so rare you can hardly find information on it, let alone find books from it anywhere online. These specific two titles are by D H Lawrence, though the series includes many other authors and works, but one of them is especially interesting for several reasons, which I'll get to below--it is The First Lady Chatterley, volume 53 and the last in the series, the "Extra Volume."

Before I get there, though, I have to tell you what makes these books VERY different and rare, unique to the point that I've never seen anything like it before. Printed right on the front cover, there is this: "NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE BRITISH EMPIRE OR THE U.S.A."

What? How could you not buy the books when you see that! I read it, having picked up the books for their interesting style and color/design, and instantly had to buy the books. They were already in the United States of course, but as I carried them to the register I felt like I was smuggling something, buying something counterfeit I wasn't supposed to have, like they were some sort of special illegal thing I'm not allowed, that no one in the whole United States is allowed--like banned books, they felt. And that is so exciting for some reason. They still feel that way, sitting here right in my lap.

I wanted to know, had to know why they weren't supposed to be "introduced" here, or the British Empire for that matter. The books were printed in the 1940s, and were published and printed in France and Switzerland by a French publisher (Phoenix Books) working with a Swiss one (Sherz & Hallwag) known together as Sherz Phoenix, I had a place to start both literally and figuratively. I came up with little, however, even with my hard-won graduate-level research skills honed and at the ready. The series is just that obscure and has fallen away through history to the point that this is all I could gather:

My guess is the books were not promoted or shared with the US and Britain is that they were printed during WW2, and though the books were established in France, one of the Allied powers, the Swiss' role during the war was on neither and both sides, and they suffered extreme conflicts between both parties. The country's position on the map and their position politically between the Axis and Allied powers made it hard for the country to be warm in any way towards any other country, at least not in any united fashion, and so the publishers must have had a hard time agreeing where the books could be shipped and sold. Given this, I find it exponentially interesting that the books were basically banned from the two countries, those two countries specifically and not Germany, for instance, but there is so little information out there about this publisher (in fact, not really any) that I cannot say why one and not the other was singled out. My guess would be that the books, being in English, were really only appealing to English-speaking countries, and those two countries are obviously the big ones. But then, why print the books in English at all? Why not just French or Swedish or something? Therein lies the mystery. At least, one of the mysteries.

And so that, really, is why these books are special and there are none other like them.

But that's it. As far as history and provenance goes, that's really all I could find. I'm almost ashamed, almost angry at how little information I can get on these two books. If I were to try to collect the series there is no way I would even get halfway through the collection, which makes them even rarer than you would think. There are only a few other books from this series out there on the internet to buy, and they aren't in great condition, either.

Visually speaking they are reminiscent of old Penguin books, which I know appeals to many, many people who collect them. Aside from the ominous warning on the front, the books are also interesting in their design for other reasons, such as the ribbon-banner on the top and bottom of the books, the phoenix symbol so large on the back and smaller but stark on the front, the titles being encased in open book images, and the volume numbers being so tiny atop them. Some of the books of the series that I've been able to find are green, some are red, but I prefer these two, yellow, a beautiful yellow that pops at you but not too harsh, a soft yellow that with the white and black details is unlike any other book I've seen.

And now, the reason these two books, of the whole series, are even more outstanding, and you must buy them: they are firstly D H Lawrence, but they include that fascinating "extra volume" stuck on, not "volume 54," but "extra" with an asterisk to boot. Why? Well, the book in question is not Love Among The Haystacks, the first book and number 14, but The First Lady Chatterley. Wait, you might think, that's not the title, isn't it Lady Chatterley's Lover? You'd be right, and yet you'd be wrong. This last edition is the first draft of that work, making it not the official one, which is why it is likely called the "extra." This one is more than just an add-on to an impressive series of books, however, one which not everyone knows was ever published, or if they do, I trust they do not have a copy like this one, because it is just, just, it's just more in all senses of the word.

This version has an absolutely riveting forward written by Frieda Lawrence, the author's wife, describing how she hated Lady Chatterley's Lover! There were apparently three drafts, and she hated the other two, but not this one. They all had different endings, and she didn't think this original would be published, but was happy it was. You see, she much preferred this draft for reasons I'll let her explain to you if you buy it.

Reading this introduction, you get a sense of not only the book and its various meanings and phases of creation, but of the marriage between D H and his wife Frieda, and her literary influence on him. This is something even more secretive-seeming about the book. I felt, reading it, that I was seeing into a marriage through a small spyglass, like I wasn't supposed to know how she felt about her husband's work, something so precious to a writer, and that a first draft of any work is like the naked version, the version undone and unfinished and the one the author does not want you to see.

You see, it gives the whole thing a sense of wrongness, and that's just delicious to me, and would be to you, I bet.

The other story is one I hadn't heard of, Love Among the Haystacks, and I read it and loved it, of course, because Lawrence is a master-storyteller, but because I read it when I really needed to read a love story, and one with complications and beautiful prose and one I hadn't heard talk of so I didn't know what to expect. If you are looking for that, you will find it in this little yellow paperback, volume 14.

In addition to the forward by Frieda Lawrence, The First Lady Chatterley has a "Manuscript Report by Esther Forbes" which is also harsh about Lady Chatterley's Lover, and I find it kind of hilarious, to be honest, and I'll quote it here so you can understand why Lawrence's writing (even when disliked by someone like Esther Forbes or his closest relations!) is, and was, so powerful. Love Among the Haystacks, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers, the man left his mark on literature forever, and the following is a funny way of putting why:

"Although the published Lady Chatterley's Lover seems to me the worst of all Lawrence books--stiff and unnatural--I think the first draft is Lawrence at his best with much of Son's and Lovers' warmth, accuracy, humanity. Obviously he was born a novelist before he grew a beard, read Freud and set himself up as The Prophet of sex. In this first draft he is a novelist--pure and simple." -- Esther Forbes.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full titles: Love Among the Haystacks and The First Lady Chatterley
-Author: D H Lawrence
-Format: Paperbacks, yellow covers with black and white illustrated detail on front and spine, phoenix symbol large on back, stated "NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE BRITISH EMPIRE OR THE U.S.A." on bottom front, two volumes with volume numbers on top of front titles (14 and 53* Extra Volume), third edition Love Among the Haystacks, first edition The First Lady Chatterley
-Condition: These are in good condition for old paperbacks, with a small white scratched out part of the cover of The First Lady Chatterley which you can see in the pictures, and faint smudges or marks on both covers so faint you can barely see them. There is tape on the top and bottom binding of Lady Chatterley, and the front covers are fragile in that they are still connected to the rest of the book but could easily be ripped off if one were so inclined! I hope no one is! Very readable, no marks inside or tears. :)
-Publisher: Phoenix Sherz (Phoenix Publishing Co. Ltd. Paris, Sherz Hallvag)
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Chatterley undated, Love 1947
-Provenance: I got these from a bookstore I frequent that doesn't sell many paperbacks in the section I was in, which is why I pulled them out (of course also because I was in the D H Lawrence section for a reason, looking at his works for something beautiful and lovely I could either get for myself or to sell) and when I saw the design on them I was intrigued to the point I almost missed the bottom part, the most interesting part, where it has the instruction not to be "introduced into" the British Empire or the USA. I absolutely loved that and even though these weren't int he best condition, being paperbacks from the 1940s, I had to snatch them up before someone else did. Only afterward did I find out everything I've written above, and I'm astounded how they got there! I wish I knew -- there is no writing in either to suggest a previous owner, and this wasn't part of a bigger accession the bookstore had gotten so they couldn't tell me who exactly donated the books or where they were from / what their story was. This was January 2017, in Eastern Connecticut.
-Pricing: I priced these books due to all I've written above, all their peculiarities and complete rarity and uniqueness beyond measure. There's just something about priceless books like these that leads to prices like these -- you want to sell them for thousands, you want the buyer to know the true worth of what they are buying, but you know they will never sell for that and so you have to be realistic. Still, this is what the books are worth without a doubt, and they will likely not stay on my shelves for long, due to everything written in my description. These are dynamite when it comes to rare vintage books! In every way! Pricing, therefor, is based solely on this account. :)
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There are no other books like these two.

They are a part of a series so rare you can hardly find information on it, let alone find books from it anywhere online. These specific two titles are by D H Lawrence, though the series includes many other authors and works, but one of them is especially interesting for several reasons, which I'll get to below--it is The First Lady Chatterley, volume 53 and the last in the series, the "Extra Volume."

Before I get there, though, I have to tell you what makes these books VERY different and rare, unique to the point that I've never seen anything like it before. Printed right on the front cover, there is this: "NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE BRITISH EMPIRE OR THE U.S.A."

What? How could you not buy the books when you see that! I read it, having picked up the books for their interesting style and color/design, and instantly had to buy the books. They were already in the United States of course, but as I carried them to the register I felt like I was smuggling something, buying something counterfeit I wasn't supposed to have, like they were some sort of special illegal thing I'm not allowed, that no one in the whole United States is allowed--like banned books, they felt. And that is so exciting for some reason. They still feel that way, sitting here right in my lap.

I wanted to know, had to know why they weren't supposed to be "introduced" here, or the British Empire for that matter. The books were printed in the 1940s, and were published and printed in France and Switzerland by a French publisher (Phoenix Books) working with a Swiss one (Sherz & Hallwag) known together as Sherz Phoenix, I had a place to start both literally and figuratively. I came up with little, however, even with my hard-won graduate-level research skills honed and at the ready. The series is just that obscure and has fallen away through history to the point that this is all I could gather:

My guess is the books were not promoted or shared with the US and Britain is that they were printed during WW2, and though the books were established in France, one of the Allied powers, the Swiss' role during the war was on neither and both sides, and they suffered extreme conflicts between both parties. The country's position on the map and their position politically between the Axis and Allied powers made it hard for the country to be warm in any way towards any other country, at least not in any united fashion, and so the publishers must have had a hard time agreeing where the books could be shipped and sold. Given this, I find it exponentially interesting that the books were basically banned from the two countries, those two countries specifically and not Germany, for instance, but there is so little information out there about this publisher (in fact, not really any) that I cannot say why one and not the other was singled out. My guess would be that the books, being in English, were really only appealing to English-speaking countries, and those two countries are obviously the big ones. But then, why print the books in English at all? Why not just French or Swedish or something? Therein lies the mystery. At least, one of the mysteries.

And so that, really, is why these books are special and there are none other like them.

But that's it. As far as history and provenance goes, that's really all I could find. I'm almost ashamed, almost angry at how little information I can get on these two books. If I were to try to collect the series there is no way I would even get halfway through the collection, which makes them even rarer than you would think. There are only a few other books from this series out there on the internet to buy, and they aren't in great condition, either.

Visually speaking they are reminiscent of old Penguin books, which I know appeals to many, many people who collect them. Aside from the ominous warning on the front, the books are also interesting in their design for other reasons, such as the ribbon-banner on the top and bottom of the books, the phoenix symbol so large on the back and smaller but stark on the front, the titles being encased in open book images, and the volume numbers being so tiny atop them. Some of the books of the series that I've been able to find are green, some are red, but I prefer these two, yellow, a beautiful yellow that pops at you but not too harsh, a soft yellow that with the white and black details is unlike any other book I've seen.

And now, the reason these two books, of the whole series, are even more outstanding, and you must buy them: they are firstly D H Lawrence, but they include that fascinating "extra volume" stuck on, not "volume 54," but "extra" with an asterisk to boot. Why? Well, the book in question is not Love Among The Haystacks, the first book and number 14, but The First Lady Chatterley. Wait, you might think, that's not the title, isn't it Lady Chatterley's Lover? You'd be right, and yet you'd be wrong. This last edition is the first draft of that work, making it not the official one, which is why it is likely called the "extra." This one is more than just an add-on to an impressive series of books, however, one which not everyone knows was ever published, or if they do, I trust they do not have a copy like this one, because it is just, just, it's just more in all senses of the word.

This version has an absolutely riveting forward written by Frieda Lawrence, the author's wife, describing how she hated Lady Chatterley's Lover! There were apparently three drafts, and she hated the other two, but not this one. They all had different endings, and she didn't think this original would be published, but was happy it was. You see, she much preferred this draft for reasons I'll let her explain to you if you buy it.

Reading this introduction, you get a sense of not only the book and its various meanings and phases of creation, but of the marriage between D H and his wife Frieda, and her literary influence on him. This is something even more secretive-seeming about the book. I felt, reading it, that I was seeing into a marriage through a small spyglass, like I wasn't supposed to know how she felt about her husband's work, something so precious to a writer, and that a first draft of any work is like the naked version, the version undone and unfinished and the one the author does not want you to see.

You see, it gives the whole thing a sense of wrongness, and that's just delicious to me, and would be to you, I bet.

The other story is one I hadn't heard of, Love Among the Haystacks, and I read it and loved it, of course, because Lawrence is a master-storyteller, but because I read it when I really needed to read a love story, and one with complications and beautiful prose and one I hadn't heard talk of so I didn't know what to expect. If you are looking for that, you will find it in this little yellow paperback, volume 14.

In addition to the forward by Frieda Lawrence, The First Lady Chatterley has a "Manuscript Report by Esther Forbes" which is also harsh about Lady Chatterley's Lover, and I find it kind of hilarious, to be honest, and I'll quote it here so you can understand why Lawrence's writing (even when disliked by someone like Esther Forbes or his closest relations!) is, and was, so powerful. Love Among the Haystacks, Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers, the man left his mark on literature forever, and the following is a funny way of putting why:

"Although the published Lady Chatterley's Lover seems to me the worst of all Lawrence books--stiff and unnatural--I think the first draft is Lawrence at his best with much of Son's and Lovers' warmth, accuracy, humanity. Obviously he was born a novelist before he grew a beard, read Freud and set himself up as The Prophet of sex. In this first draft he is a novelist--pure and simple." -- Esther Forbes.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full titles: Love Among the Haystacks and The First Lady Chatterley
-Author: D H Lawrence
-Format: Paperbacks, yellow covers with black and white illustrated detail on front and spine, phoenix symbol large on back, stated "NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE BRITISH EMPIRE OR THE U.S.A." on bottom front, two volumes with volume numbers on top of front titles (14 and 53* Extra Volume), third edition Love Among the Haystacks, first edition The First Lady Chatterley
-Condition: These are in good condition for old paperbacks, with a small white scratched out part of the cover of The First Lady Chatterley which you can see in the pictures, and faint smudges or marks on both covers so faint you can barely see them. There is tape on the top and bottom binding of Lady Chatterley, and the front covers are fragile in that they are still connected to the rest of the book but could easily be ripped off if one were so inclined! I hope no one is! Very readable, no marks inside or tears. :)
-Publisher: Phoenix Sherz (Phoenix Publishing Co. Ltd. Paris, Sherz Hallvag)
-Copyright: Unstated
-Date published: Chatterley undated, Love 1947
-Provenance: I got these from a bookstore I frequent that doesn't sell many paperbacks in the section I was in, which is why I pulled them out (of course also because I was in the D H Lawrence section for a reason, looking at his works for something beautiful and lovely I could either get for myself or to sell) and when I saw the design on them I was intrigued to the point I almost missed the bottom part, the most interesting part, where it has the instruction not to be "introduced into" the British Empire or the USA. I absolutely loved that and even though these weren't int he best condition, being paperbacks from the 1940s, I had to snatch them up before someone else did. Only afterward did I find out everything I've written above, and I'm astounded how they got there! I wish I knew -- there is no writing in either to suggest a previous owner, and this wasn't part of a bigger accession the bookstore had gotten so they couldn't tell me who exactly donated the books or where they were from / what their story was. This was January 2017, in Eastern Connecticut.
-Pricing: I priced these books due to all I've written above, all their peculiarities and complete rarity and uniqueness beyond measure. There's just something about priceless books like these that leads to prices like these -- you want to sell them for thousands, you want the buyer to know the true worth of what they are buying, but you know they will never sell for that and so you have to be realistic. Still, this is what the books are worth without a doubt, and they will likely not stay on my shelves for long, due to everything written in my description. These are dynamite when it comes to rare vintage books! In every way! Pricing, therefor, is based solely on this account. :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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