Edition of dh lawrence novel used by sir lawrence byrne in presiding over the landmark prosecution will be auctioned in october. The book in question was lady chatterleys lover by dh lawrence more thrillingly it had belonged to the judge who famously presided over the 1960 obscenity trial that was to overturn 30 years of censorship lawrence privately published the novel 90 years ago in italy but within months it was banned almost everywhere. Lady chatterleys lover is a novel by d h lawrence first published privately in 1928 in italy and in 1929 in france and australia not only was the book banned in australia but a book describing the british trial the trial of lady chatterley was also banned. R v penguin books ltd was the public prosecution in the uk at the old bailey of penguin books under the obscene publications act 1959 for the publication of d h lawrences lady chatterleys loverthe trial took place over six days in no 1 court between 20 october and 2 november 1960 with mervyn griffith jones prosecuting gerald gardiner counsel for the defence and mr justice byrne presiding. The trial under the obscene publications act of the publishers of dh lawrences lady chatterleys loverin 1960 was a sensation that consumed the nation
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