- Autograph Letters and Manuscripts
- LAWRENCE, D.H. LETTERS FROM D.H.LAWRENCE TO MARTIN SECKER 1911-1930
Privately published (by Martin Secker), Bridgefoot, Iver, Buckinghamshire,1970
Tall octavo. Original brown buckram boards lettered in gilt to spine, with Lawrence's phoenix emblem on the upper cover also in gilt. Brown top edge, others untrimmed. Frontispiece photograph of Lawrence by Secker. A fine copy in a lightly soiled and creased dust jacket (unclipped) with a short closed tear to the top edge of the rear panel but otherwise near fine.
Limited to 500 copies of which this is no. 5, presented warmly by Secker to his close friend Compton Mackenzie, "Amicus amico". Mackenzie's initials and those of his third wife Lillian are written in another hand on the front free endpaper followed by an abbreviation of their address, "31 D Place" (31 Drummond Place, Edinburgh).
Together with a contemporary 3-page letter from Secker to Mackenzie on Secker's own headed notepaper dated 13.11.70, beginning, "My Dear Monty: That notice in today's TLS was quite unexpectedly prompt". Secker then expresses his pleasure at the success of the book, "I have sold the whole edition except for a few which I have kept back for my own use" (presumably including the present volume).
A fascinating association copy as Secker was publisher and friend of both Lawrence and Mackenzie. His two star authors had a long, if troubled, relationship which ended in 1928 when Mackenzie felt himself caricatured in Lawrence's short story "The Man Who Loved Islands".