The controversial novel written by DH Lawrence was at the centre of an obscenity trial in 1960, and the copy used by the judge presiding over the case is now in further trouble. The copy belonging to the judge, Sir Laurence Byrne, is full of highlighted explicit passages, marked up by the judge’s wife Lady Dorothy.
The book was sold last year for £56,250 and the new owner planned to take it abroad but the book has been temporarily stopped from leaving the UK. The new owners must apply for a licence to take the book out of the UK as it is an ‘item of cultural significance’.
The UK government’s block means collectors have until 9 August to declare their intention to buy it and then up to three months longer to find the funds.
Michael Ellis, Arts Minister, has stated how he hoped a buyer would come forward to “keep this important part of our nation’s history in the UK”.