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Twenty-Five Lady Chatterley’s Lover Covers

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Connie was aware, however, of a growing restlessness…It thrilled inside her body, in her womb, somewhere, till she felt she must jump into water and swim to get away from it; a mad restlessness. It made her heart beat violently for no reason…

D.H. Lawrence’s infamous novel was first published privately in 1928 in Italy, and then subsequently the following year in France and Australia. An unexpurgated edition was not published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960, when it was the subject of a watershed obscenity trial against the publisher Penguin Books. Penguin famously won the case, and quickly sold 3 million copies.

Lawrence’s novel is said by some to have originated from events in Lawrence’s own unhappy domestic life, and he took inspiration for the settings of the book from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, where he grew up. Although some critics have said that the fling of Lady Ottoline Morrell with “Tiger”, a young stonemason who came to carve plinths for her garden statues, also influenced the story.

 

Front cover of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', Penguin edition, 1960

Front cover of ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’, Penguin edition, 1960

 

L'Amant de Lady Chatterley - French edition 1993

L’Amant de Lady Chatterley – French edition 1993

 

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Penguin Australia 2011

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An abridged paperback version published by ACE in 1959

 

L'Amant de Lady Chatterley - French edition 1985

L’Amant de Lady Chatterley – French edition 1985

 

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. Published by Signet Classics in 1962, illustrated by Tupshur

 

Lady Chatterley Library edition

Lady Chatterley Library edition

 

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Grove Press First Edition 1959

 

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Signet edition 1946, cover art by Tony Varady

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Paperback version of the Grove Press Edition

 

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New American Library of World Literature, New York 1959

 

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Heinemann first complete and unexpurgated edition, 1960.

 

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Signet 10th printing 1958

 

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Colombian edition 1981

 

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1946 2nd print cover art by Robert Jonas Penguin

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover privately printed in Florence, 1928

 

Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover

Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover

 

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Pegasus Press, Paris, 1938

 

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New York pirate edition 1928

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Penguin Classics Published 1st June 2006

 

Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover

Signet 610 (Jan., 1950). Sixth Printing with New Cover

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Penguin edition introduced by Richard Hoggart

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50th Anniversary edition by Penguin

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Penguin essential illustrated by Lucy McLauchlan

 

  • Colin

    The only one I remember is the first Penguin one [I think designed by Hans Schmoller. There is also a Heinemann one there that looks as if it was designed by Berthold Wolpe in his typeface Albertus, but he worked for Faber for eons

  • No Paul Smith’s embroidered cover for Penguin? It was a limited edition, but still beautiful.

    • NostalgicNZer

      I need to see that.