[with:] two autograph letters signed and an autograph note, by Frieda Lawrence, to Laurence Pollinger, the first on matters relating to the Lawrence literary estate and informing him that she has willed him the snuff box, the second informing him that she is sending the box, with the note that finally accompanied the box, altogether 5 pages, 4to, New Mexico, 16 November 1946 and 11 February 1951, creasing
More than a century later, this snuff box was given by the poet and publisher Henry Crosby (1898-1929) and his wife Caresse to D.H. Lawrence. Lawrence wrote to the Crosbys on 25 May 1928 with embarrassed delight at their generosity in sending him "the Queen of Naples' snuff-box and three pieces of gold, to my utter amazement ... I hope to heaven that you're quite quite rich, for if you're not, I shall feel really bad about it". The gift was in payment for the manuscript of Lawrence's story 'Sun', which was published by the Crosbys' Black Sun Press later that year, and also for Lawrence's introduction to Crosby's Chariots of the Sun. Both manuscripts had been sent to Crosby at the end of April. Lawrence was somewhat bewildered at Crosby's generosity: the poet-publisher had already paid him $100 in gold coins for his manuscript at the beginning of April, and Lawrence had stipulated when he sent his manuscripts that he did not expect any further payment.
Crosby was obsessed with the symbolism of the sun - it is certainly no coincidence that he chose to pay Lawrence in gold, with its symbolic association with the sun - and his generosity reflected his keenness for the Black Sun Press to publish something by the author of The Plumed Serpent. The letters between the two men are full of solar references, and he also inscribed his obsession into the gold box itself, with its quotation from the closing stanza of Dante's Purgatorio as translated by C.E. Wheeler (1911):
"From that most holy wave I came anon Re-made, as when at end of
winter's wars, With newborn leaves the new trees greet the sun, Pure
and made ready now to reach the stars."
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