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Lawrence, D[avid] H[erbert]. A Charming Vintage PHOTOGRAPH of the author. 3 1/2" x 5" (circa 1924) with his dog outside the front door of his Lobo Ranch in Taos, New Mexico, with Frieda Lawrence in the background. The photograph was taken by Dorothy Brett, his friend and a member of the inner DHL circle. Fine and probably unpublished. 

 

 

 

$500.00
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Lawrence, D[avid] H[erbert]. EIGHT-PAGE PENCIL MANUSCRIPT OF "THE UNDYING MAN: A Jewish Folk Tale." N.P., N.D. A curiously atypical Lawrence work of fantasy. Aristotle and Maimonides, in ancient Spain, strive to create a man who will live forever by extracting a small vein from a man, and subsequently growing it in a variety of nutrients over a period of time. Since the created man was never born, he can never die.

This unfinished story was later collected in "Phoenix: Posthumous Papers." Roberts A76. The existence of the manuscript was known by bibliographer Warren Roberts (E415) and reported as "unlocated." The provenance for the manuscript is present in the form of a letter by bookseller Harry Levinson on his Chaucer Head Book Shop letterhead in 1940. He informs the collector who purchased the manuscript from him that it came out of a charity auction for the benefit of exiled writers. Fine. Housed in a custom-made cloth chemise along with the catalogue of the benefit auction in which the manuscript was offered. 

$17,500.00
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Lawrence, D[avid] H[erbert]. THE RAINBOW. London: Methuen, [1915]. First edition. 8vo. Laid into this copy is an historic Lawrence ALS to his agent, J. B. Pinker, dated "17 Nov. 1915," in which he reacts emotionally to the seizure by the police of most of the edition of "The Rainbow" because of the novel's alleged sexual explicitness. Lawrence asks: "Must I stay for the proceedings about The Rainbow? Must I appear? ... I have had letters from a lot of people about The Rainbow ... I want to do what I can for the book. Also I want to go away [on a trip to America]. I will stay if it is any good." The letter clearly evinces Lawrence's puzzlement over the novel's suppression, of which only 821 copies of a total edition of 2500 copies survived and were subsequently distributed.
The florid 1989 Ken Russell movie, which followed his successful screen adaptation of "Women In Love" two decades earlier, failed to attract much critical and popular attention. Remarkably, this copy, as-new in an as-new dust jacket, seemingly lay untouched from the time of its publication and was not exposed to any physical element that might have compromised its singular beauty. Housed in a custom-made quarter morocco clamshell box.
When did you last see a ninety-nine-year-old who looks a ravishing nineteen. 

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Leonard, Elmore. ESCAPE FROM FIVE SHADOWS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956. First edition. 8vo. Laid into this copy is a signed bookplate from the author. In our view the scarcest of Leonard's three early Westerns. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 

 

 

 

 

$5,000.00
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Lewis, Wyndham. ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING OF IRIS BARRY. Executed in 1919 - 1920. 10" x 13". An evocative image that manifests the artist's Vorticist techniques. Barry and Lewis were living together at this time and she bore him two children. In later years she became the first curator of cinema at The Museum Of Modern Art. The drawing once belonged to Lewis intimate, Michael Ayrton and is signed by Lewis in the lower left-hand corner. This image first appeared in Lewis's "Fifteen Drawings" (1920), an indication that he valued this work highly. Cited by Walter Michel in his Catalogue Raisonne of the painter's art work and shown as Plate 42, #332, which is titled "Head 1 1919." Framed under museum glass. Fine. 

$25,000.00
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Liebling, A[bbott] J[oseph]. THE HONEST RAINMAKER: The Life And Times Of Colonel John R. Stingo. Garden City: Doubleday, 1953. First edition. 8vo. "The brain, like Rhenish wine should be chilled, not iced, to be at its best. Women, however, are best at room temperature." Fine in a fine dust jacket that (hard to believe) seems to have just been issued. Hardcover

 

 

 

$1,500.00
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