- Autograph Letters and Manuscripts
- LAWRENCE, D.H.; MANSFIELD, Katherine; MURRY, John Middleton. THE SIGNA
Published privately for subscribers only, London, October to November 1915.
Volumes 1-3 (of 3), octavo. Original brown paper wrappers. Staples rusting with resultant staining to some pages of vol 3 but very slight, vol 2 with minor loss to bottom edge (narrow strip) extending 3cm both sides of the spine, and with a small mark on lower wrapper. Near fine overall, housed in a matching cloth-covered chemise.
An assiduous former owner has noted in light pencil (faded) the typographical errors within each volume on its rear cover. One of the editors? The fine handwriting could be Middleton Murry's or even Lawrence's.
With contributions by Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield (writing as Matilda Berry) and John Middleton Murry. According to Murry in his Reminiscences, The Signature was begun to further Lawrence's doctrine for a revolutionary society. Six numbers were envisaged by the editors, however only three appeared before the magazine folded due to a lack of subscribers. Lawrence contributed a series of essays with the collective title The Crown, later collected in Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine and Other Essays (1925).
Together with loosely inserted correspondence between Mr W Forster, John Middleton Murry (one TLs) and the bookseller Bertram Rota as to where Forster could obtain a set of The Signature. In his letter Murry explains that his only copy has been stolen (could this be it?) and suggests that he writes to S.S. Koteliansky. The latter was another of Lawrence's inner circle who appears to have acted as treasurer for the magazine.