Let's start with the mind-addling variety of editions currently in print from Penguin...
|The 50th anniversary edition from last year|
|The standard Penguin Classics edition, with art by Aaron Robinson (see here)|
|The current Penguin Essentials edition with art by|
|The Penguin Graphic Classics edition, with art from Chester Brown (click for much bigger version)|
|The Penguin Hardback Classics edition, designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith (interviewed here)|
|The Popular Penguins edition|
Six different versions of one book in print from the one publisher? Not weird at all.
Then there are Penguin's various past editions, some of which are...
|Popular Classics edition, 1990s|
|Various Penguin 20th Century Classics editions, late 1980s to mid-1990s|
|Penguin US, 1948|
|Penguin, 1978, photo by fashion/erotica photographer Harri Peccinotti (thanks, Gould!)|
|Penguin Designer Classic by Paul Smith, 2006|
|Essential Penguin, 1990s|
|Penguin Modern Classic, early 2000s|
|Penguin US, 1946|
Then there's the new edition from Vintage Classics, with a photo by Carla van de Puttelaar (see here for more)...
Some of you may remember a couple of awful ebook covers for other Lawrence novels. You'll be thrilled to know that the same company now has a Lady Chatterley edition to match, with Lady C and Mellors rather unexpectedly getting it on in an empty theatre.
This is not the only shitty ebook version out there. For example...
|Mellors's smooth moods were her only distraction from the rising damp from Alpha Centauri|
|Wiped, but left toilet paper between buttocks|
But let's get back to physical books from the past, both in English and not...
|Ace, 1958: the erotic possibilities of a well-trimmed lawn|
|Tor, Argentina, 1939|
|Avon, 1950: big, big hair|
|Avon, 1956 (with bonus Lawrence): smaller hair makes for a useful hand-rest|
|Berkley, 1958: lipstick|
|Colombian edition, 1981: remember the era when every photo had this sort of soft-focus effect? Wasn't it awful?|
|Gallimard edition, French, 1963|
|French edition, 1985|
|Gallimard edition, French, 1960s: more scary hair|
|French edition, 1969|
|French edition, 1972: The Joy of Sex and Strategically Placed Vegetation|
|German edition, 1973|
|US edition, Grove, 1982|
|Civilização Brasileira edition, Brazil, designed by the amazing Eugênio Hirsch|
|Signet 1962: now it's a classic, we can show breasts|
|Travellers Pocket Edition, Canada, 1949: the subtle version|
|Travellers Pocket Edition, Canada, 1949: the saucy version|
|Polish edition, 1991: hair big enough to contain a house|
|Spanish edition, 1978|
And finally, a little further afield, the Hunt Emerson comic adaption...
..with the 'not for sale to wives and servants' line being a reference to one of the sillier utterances of Mervyn Griffith-Jones, prosecutor in the 1960 obscenity trial against Penguin Books for publishing the full version of Lady Chatterley's Lover, a trial summarised in this book with a cunning cover by David Pearson.