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The Escaped Cock
Paris Black Sun Press 1929 Number 17 of the limited edition of 50 printed on Japan vellum, signed by Lawrence and the copy number written in longhand by him; with decorations in color by the author; David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930) British poet, novelist and essayist, passionately sensitive to nature, always possessed simple tastes, indifferent to material success, left England, largely because of hostile attitude towards himself and some of his writings, both prosecutions for obscenity in Sea and Sardinia and Lady Chatterley's Lover caused a great stir at the time. (DNB); (with) a loosely laid-in portrait etching of D.H. Lawrence very intensely & realistically portrayed, bearded and thin-faced, by American artist Bernard Sanders (b. 1904) with a pencil presentation inscription "To John Vassos" and pencil signed by the artist below the image, as well as signed in the plate, the image about 3 1/4" x 5" and 6 1/4" x 8" overall; the endpaper with a Christmas presentation of the book to John Vassos from a Carl Weck(?), dated 1929; some light edge, tips wear, darkening in spots to original paper wraps binding, the spine paper of which is about gone and signatures loosened, with the remains of most of the original glassine wrapper (for both front and back cover); with the gray-brown marbled paper slipcase, with wear and splitting; very good condition overall (ref. Minkoff Bibl. Of the Black Sun Press A-27); especially nice as being the copy owned by John Vassos (1898 - 1985) American industrial designer, painter, illustrator, lecturer, graphic designer, President of the influential Silvermine Guild of Artists; his papers are at Syracuse University. (WWW in American Art 1999) Good
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