A rare display of the Outrageous, and a massive display of the Voluptuous.

 Pleased to announce that, I have obtained a small selection of 4 of the seven titles, written and published by Jean Vergerie, under the La Collection de l’Églantine. imprint.

For which detailed history and creative text, will be provided by my good friend Christophe Bier. 


Also coming soon but a much larger project, is the listing and detailed imagery of some 60 Charles Carrington publications, which will be listed in brief as Books for Trade, But will be the basis for my New Collection for Bibliophiles, for which access to, will require a subscription.

The contents of this collection include both openly published and clandestine titles, many illustrated, by the Likes of Van Maele, Avril, Fredillo, as well classical illustrators.

Many copies in mint unopened condition, and a significant number ,where previous description were from “catalogue only”, including some wonderfully decorated examples of the printers, and bookbinders art of the late Victorian period, as well the inimitable engravings of Eugene d’Ete.

There will also be a supplement to this of a small collection of works published by Isidore Liseux, Augustine Brancart, Jules Gay, and Henry Kistaemackers.

Supplementary information and collection history provided by Michael Neale, and bibliographical information courtesy of S.A. Perry.



Finally I am going to link my existing listings with illustrations by Van Maele and add significant others by him to another New Collection, again with the kind support of S.A Perry.

Books for Trade: DESERGY, René-Michel: Les Tyrans passionnels. Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne réunies, 1935, Illustrations by Carlo

Les Tyrans Passionelle the definitive edition?
Carlo needs no introduction, to the initiated, his original editions are amongst the most collectible , in the genre, his fantastic, and outrageous art, has been collected since they were first printed, both art collectors and book collectors have competed to own the original illustrations, in many cases denuding the books of the accomanying images.A complete original with the equally bizarre text they were originally designed to embellish, is a rare thing indeed!
This particular title is, sometimes referenced as an example of the artists transformation into “Charleno”, an apparent alternative identity, this I think is just part of the publishers hype, and the confusing propaganda, which goes with the territory of the selling of such material.
For me this title is in fact, the transition point at which the art became the primary product, and the book the vehicle with which to promote it.


[CARLO]. DESERGY, René-Michel. Les Tyrans Passionnels. Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne Réunies, 1935. In original publishers paper covers, printed in red and black. Spine(repaired with minor loss), author, title, prix 70 Frs, and publisher, in red and black printed horizontally. (25,2 x 17 cm) 266 pages.Many uncut gatherings, contents in very good, near fine condition, unread copy.



Complete wih the full set of 13 superb heliogravures, from Aquarelles by “du Maitre Carlo”.some light makings to a few images, not impacting on the illustrations, a combined set of formerly tipped in, now loose illustrations, but all originals and likely the only way to obtain the full 13, as i cannot locate any sale record of any edition with the full 13, rarely even 12, impossibly rare and a possibly, a unique copy.


THE FINAL THREE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON APPLICATION


See Also

Books for Trade: Van Rowel, Désiré, L’Internat des châtiments, Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne Réunies, 1933 illustrated by Carlo

Books for trade: Van Rod, Aimé, Le Dominateur ou L’École des vierges, Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne réunies, v. 1933, Illustrated by Carlohttp://Carlo

Books for Trade: Edith Kindler. Esclavage ou L’Agonie sous le fouet, traduit de l’anglais par Alan Mac Clyde, Librairie Générale, Paris 1932.Illustrations by Carlo.



Books for Trade: Les Jeux du Plaisir et de la Volupté par une Femme du Monde, avec 16 illustrations.ANONYME [Johannes GROS] Published by Paris, Au boudoir secret.1906 [i.e. circa 1936]

Les Jeux du Plaisir et de la Volupté par une Femme du Monde, avec 16 illustrations.ANONYME [Johannes GROS]
Published by Paris, Au boudoir secret, (Briffaut) (1906).1906 [i.e. circa 1936] 1 volume in-8 (19.5 x 13 cm), paperback, 248- (1) pages. 16 illustrations in black inset. Printed cover in color. Volume in very good condition. Reference: Dutel, Bibliography of erotic works published clandestinely between 1920 and 1970, n ° 1795, indicates: “Original edition published around 1936. It is decorated with 16 illustrations.The book comes out of Darantière presses in Dijon, as does  the sequel , “Confessions Libertines ” The advertised print is 600 copies on tinted vergé and 25 copies on vellum Arches. This one, 1 of 600 copies on tinted laid. Very good copy of this book sympathetically illustrated (The illustrations have remained anonymous but are in the style of Luc Lafnet). Very explicit pornographic text.


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See also

Books for Trade: COMTESSE DE J… [Johannes GROS] – T. Mertens CONFESSIONS LIBERTINES. Orné de huit eaux-fortes de T. Mertens. Partout et nulle part [Imprimerie Darantière, Dijon, 1931]

Books for Sale: MERLIN the Paris quarterly, No. 7 [Vol.2, number 4, Spring/Summer 1955]

 

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MERLIN
The first issue of Merlin—initially subtitled A collection of Contemporary Writings was published in the Spring of 1952. It was edited by Alexander Trocchi, and published by his American girl friend Alice Jane Lougee. Five further issues under this editor/publisher combination would follow. The seventh and final issue was published by the Olympia Press, described in detail below. 

 

2.7.1 MERLIN No. 7 [Vol.2, number 4, Spring/Summer 1955]

Merlin 7 Olympia 1955

[On the left, at head of page in l.c. and large type:] merlin | [at left, below title and in small type:] revue trimestrielle | founded by Alice Jane Lougee | EDITORS [on the right, one name below the other:] Alexander Trocchi | Austryn Wainhouse | [on the left:] COMMITTEE [on the right, one name below the other:] PatrickBowles | W. Baird Bryant | Corneille | Robert Creeley | Ben Johnson | Richard Seaver | Shinkichi Tajiri | [on the left:] EDITORIAL ADDRESS [on the right:] The English Bookshop | 42, Rue de Seine, Paris-6e | [on the left:] PUBLISHER [on the right:] The Olympia Press | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris-6e | [in centre of page:] contents | [in two columns, each line separated after the page number by a continuous vertical rule:] Michel de M‘Uzan 233 THREE TALES | Pablo Neruda 242 TWENTY LOVE POEMS | Austryn Wainhouse 259 SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN | ENGINEERING AND REFLEXIONS UPON | AN EROTIC BOOK | Jaap Mooy [no page numbers] FOUR ILLUMINATIONS | Cleveland Moffett 274 PHEIDIPPIDES | Alain Clément 281 FRANCE AS SEEN BY THE GERMANS | Lennart Olson [no page numbers] FOUR PHOTOGRAPHS | Alister Kershaw 298 ALDINGTON’S CRITICS | Christopher Logue 301 GRAHAM’S NIGHTFISHING | Richard Gibson 303 CURZIO MALAPARTE : | THE VISION OF DEFEAT | [below Contents, and centered on columns above:] line drawings by WILLIAM PARKER| spring 1955 summer | [at foot of page, left:] MERLIN IS PRINTED IN FRANCE [at foot of page, right:] vol. 2 no. [in large type] 4

Collation: 80 pp. No signatures, but [1-5]8, with the numeration of the pages following on from previous issues of the periodical. Two double leaves on coated photographic paper (comprising photographs by Jaap Mooy and Lennart Olson) are inserted between pp. 260,261 & 276,277 and between pp. 292,293 & following p. 308. 24 x 15.4 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.

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Contents: p. [229], untitled note signed The Editors. p. [230], two half-page advertisements, the upper for two novels published by Plon and the lower for the Paris Review. p. [231], title, as above. p. [232], three advertisements, one across the top of the page for James Broughton’s An Almanac for Amorists, and the other two, side-by-side below, for, on the right, Sartre’s revue mensuelle Les Temps modernes and, on the left, for The English Bookshop. pp. 233-241,

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Three Tales by Michel de M’Uzan, translated by Philip Oxman. pp. 242-258, Twenty Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, translated by Patrick Bowles and Christopher Logue. pp. 259-273, Some Basic Principles Of Human Engineering And Reflexions Upon An Erotic Book by Austryn Wainhouse. pp. 274-280, Pheidippides by Cleveland Moffett. pp. 281-298, France as Seen by the Germans by Alain Clément. Clément’s piece is referred to at the head of p. 281 as Chronicles. pp. 298-308 are printed in two columns and a smaller typeface, and comprise three pieces described as Notes: Aldington‘s Critics by Alister Kershaw (pp. 298-301).  Graham‘s Nightfishing by Christopher Logue (pp. 301-303).  Curzio Malaparte: The Vision of Defeat by Richard Gibson (pp. 303-308). Drawings by William Parker appear on pp. 234, 243, 249, 258, 273, 274, & 280. Advertisements appear on pp. 299 (Les Editions de Minuit), 301 (Obelisk Press), 303 (Hedyphagetica, by Austryn Wainhouse), 304

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(Christopher Logues The Weekdream Sonnets, published by Jack Straw), 30(Collection Merlin/Olympia Press, and Samuel Beckett’s Molloy specifically) and 308 (Merlin).

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Binding: Printed card wrappers, with orange front and spine, spilling over to a 1-inch band on back. Remainder of back wrapper is white. Front cover: [centred at head in white l.c. large type:] merlin | [centred below title in smaller l.c. type:] the paris quarterly | [at foot, slightly to the left, and in orange within a thin white panel:] 75 c [space] 3/- [space] 250fr. [At foot and to the right, in orange within a larger and oblong white panel:] no [large] 4 | [small] vol 2.

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Spine: [at top of spine, reading down in widely-spaced white l.c.:] merlin. [At foot of spine, reading down in orange type within white panel:] 4/2. Back cover: [at foot and to the right of white section:] SOCIETE D’IMPRESSIONS PUBLICITAIRES | 75, Rue Alexis Pesnon  MONTREUIL | Tel. : AVR. 12-53.

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The inside front wrapper carries an advertisement for Merlin comprising lists of contributions promised for later issues and available back issues. The inside back wrapper carries two half-page advertisements, the uppermost for The Western Review, a literary quarterly published by the University of Iowa, and the lower for Lascaux, ou la Naissance de l‘art, an art book with text by Georges Bataille published by Albert Skira.

For detail of all seven volumes see

New into the Collection: MERLIN No. 7 [Vol.2, number 4, Spring/Summer 1955]

 

Any Questions please leave a comment.

MERLIN the Paris quarterly, No. 7 [Vol.2, number 4, Spring/Summer 1955]

See full description above. Rare item and the only issue actually published by Olympia Press. Overall condition very good. Price includes postage worldwide.

£120.00

Books for Trade: Jim Galding; Gitanes Dominatrices ou Les Voluptes Infernales; Le Jardin d’Eros, 6 rue de Tracy Paris (2e)n.d.(1935).

 

Facsimile of Original Cover

Another major player in the 1930’s flagellation market, along with Orties Blanches, were Les Editions Couvre-Feu, followed by Le Jardin d’Eros, distinctly different in that the contents and illustrations were more twisted and aimed at torture and humiliation, unlike the titles issued by Editions Prima, which always seem to have smiling faces , no matter what act of depravity is taking place, the characters in these editions seem to be taking it a bit more seriously. I have extensive listings of titles  from Vidal house imprints I will attempt to update the links to make it easier to group them. This is one of my Rescued Books. Lacking original cover and one of the illustrations both of which are present in facsimile, in this listing but physically absent from the actual book.

Books for Trade: Jim Galding; Gitanes Dominatrices ou Les Voluptes Infernales; Le Jardin d’Eros, 6 rue de Tracy Paris (2e)n.d.(1935).11of12, extraordinary illustrations in colour by an unsigned artist, who is clearly the same artist who illustrated “La Fesseuse Passionnée”, linked below . This copy rebound in sturdy practical boards. original covers not retained. 239 pp, text complete and overall condition good plus, lacking one of the illustrations, a facsimile of which is provided in the listing. Limited Edition.

The description below is by Christophe Bier, from the marvelous “Les Éditions du Couvre-Feu”, published by editions Astarte in 2013, where it can be found on page 143


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See Also

Books For Trade: Jim Galding. Au Royaume du Fouet ou les Maitresses Impitoyables; Les Éditions du Chevet. 31 rue du Caire Paris. s.d. [1937]

Books For Trade: Jim Galding. A Genoux Esclave. Les Editions du Couvre-Feu. 8 Rue de Tracy, Paris, s.d. [1935]

Books for Trade: Jean d’Ayeud. La Fesseuse Passionnée ou Les Voluptueses Fessés. La Jardin d’Eros, 6 rue de Tracy, Paris,s.d. (circa 1935)

 

 

Update 10/06/20

I am embarking on a short list, of titles which are all , what I refer to as rescued books, this is because although the general condition is at best Fair to Good, they are such rare titles that their importance outweighs any consideration of condition.

This also provides a useful reminder that these are real books and not just pictures lifted from the web. All new listings will at some point switch from Books for Trade to Books for Sale, as I am now able to take direct payment via PayPal, which enables me to cut out the middle men, and offer substantial discounts. I will list books firstly as a bibliographical exercise, edited for the best visual presentation, but when upgraded to “For Sale”I will insert a detailed description of all faults, defects and any missing illustrations, along with a link to a PDF of images, which anyone can download.

I have a very large number of books to list, as well as revisions on legacy titles which are still in my possession. Look out for and also search “Books for Sale”, if you are interested in purchasing anything please ask. My direct sales offer a significant discount over third party sales platforms. In future only modern (post 1965) books will be listed on my eBay account, as I do not want modern books on this site. I am not sending any books to auction for the foreseeable future on any platform.

Books for Trade: Anon R. de B.);Voluptueux Souvenirs ou Le Souper des douze. Pour la bibliothèque des “Disciples d’Éros” [Maurice Duflou],Romainville(Paris) n.d. (1927), Illustrator : Achille Devéria.

I am embarking on a short list, of titles which are all , what I refer to as rescued books, this is because although the general condition is at best Fair to Good, they are such rare titles that their importance outweighs any consideration of condition.


R. de B. Voluptueux souvenirs ou Le Souper des douze. Pour la bibliothèque des “Disciples d’Éros” [Maurice Duflou],  Romainville. [Paris]1927. Contents 143 pp ,Rebound in red boards. Original frontcover, preserved. 12 B&W inset illustrations by Achille Devéria,  reproduced in half-print and drawn in bistre on coated paper. Specifications : In-4 ecu. Book reserved for subscribers only and not for the trade. Edition limited to only 350 copies, this one being no 215/350, on paper Pur Fil Lafuma.

Notes : This work was written to accompany two series of engravings by Devéria: The Five Senses and The Seven Deadly Sins .




 














Books for Trade: Alfred de Musset,Gamiani ou une nuit d’excès. Fac-similé de l’édition de Paris, 1833. Introduction by Jacques Duprilot.

Books for Trade: Jacqueline de Lansay (Johanes Gros), Les délices libertines. Roman inédit. Moncontour, au bonheur des dames. n.d. [Maurice Duflou, circa 1935].

 

Site Update: Coming Next

Strange Times indeed, it is good to be back and be in the challenging situation of deciding what to do next. I have a very large number of rare and beautiful books to post on the site and will do so at my usual sedate pace, much of the joy for me is in the research.

As those who follow the site will be aware, I have for many years been swapping and selling books, sometimes direct and other times as on eBay or Catawiki. With pretty much immediate effect, or as soon as I can work out how to add the button to my posts, I will be offering certain books for sale direct on the site via my long established PayPal account.

I am only able to make the site viable because I am prepared to purchase incomplete or sometimes damaged copies, alongside some very fine copies which I have been lucky enough to hunt down. Recently, followers have started to engage and contribute with information to complete and compliment my listings, this is really pleasing as it makes the site work as a collectors forum, which was always my primary ambition.

As for the collection, my Paris Olympia Press books, I still have them and resist the temptation of selling them, without them the site would lose its heart and I might well lose heart myself. 40 years of collecting cannot be paid for in cash terms, and although they will have to be sold at some point in time, I cannot let them go unless it as as a complete collection and to a good home.

Please do ask questions about the books and the collection, About 90% of the books listed are no longer in my possession, but the blog is a permanent record of their existence and there for anyone to enjoy for whatever reason may motivate them. I still seek ephemeral material and a couple of variant titles for my Paris Olympia collection and I am always pleased to be offered material for, or answer question about the collection.

I have a number of books already listed which I intend to list for sale on the site. I appear to be having some conflicts between Classic and Block editing on my WordPress platform. I prefer Classic because that is the established format for the site and I am familiar with it, but it appears that if I inset a payment button it switches everything to Block! Any advice much appreciated.

Thanks for your interest and support Steve M.

Books for Trade: Anon (Gustav Droz), Un été à la Campagne, A Mitylene n.p (Paris) n.d (1920) (Briffaut). Illustrations by Van Troizem ( Van Maele )

Back at last and with an interesting and puzzling edition, which has little in the way of background material to research, there are a few auction records, but as yet I have not found a record of a copy with all the illustrations. The information I can offer is lifted from  : Martin Van Maele:  An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist by S. A. Perry which is available on line and linked at the base of the page.

The present copy is, as often is the case with my books, incomplete, having 10 of the 12 illustrations called for, consisting of the frontispiece and 9 engraved plates, as always I request your assistance with ” filling the gaps”, so if anyone has copy of the illustrations required to complete the set, I would be happy to post them on this listing and credit the donor.

Update. 01/06/2020. My thanks to Kyle Strom,  for directing me to Luc Binet’s: “Martin Van Maele: ou le diable se cache dans les détails (catalogue raisonné)”, and especially for providing a copy of an image missing from the present volume.


An image I had thought might me the mysterious 12th plate, turned out to be listed in an auction of yet another clandestine edition from 1905 with the artist credited as Fredillo. I am cautious about such matters as I am aware of at least one other title where Van Maele illustrations had been accredited to Fredillo. To avoid confusion I will return to this under a separate post.

Despite the grand claim to be published as part of the series,I cannot locate any other titles in this series by this publisher and given that Mitylene is an ancient archaeological site on Lesbos, we have the ingredients that identify this as a clandestine publication .In this case the publisher is Georges Briffaut, who used the Mitylene location with a number of other descriptors as his clandestine cover, for a small number of titles. With thanks again to S.A Perry, I can offer the following information:- The Leonhardt copy contains a frontispiece + 10 engravings, the Faur copy contains 10 of the 12 etchings, and the Perceau copy contains 11 of the 12 engravings. From the cover: Nouvelle entref illustrée de douze plances hors–texte à l’eau–forte de A. Van Troizem . Briffaut previously published a unique edition in Paris in 1910. Square 8vo. 222pp. Printed on Japon Impérial paper with 41 original watercolors, full page and in-text, by Van Maele. Carrington published an English translation in 1901 titled Correspondence Between Two Young Parisian Ladies . Poulet–Malassis originally published this title in 1868 [although possibly earlier according to Pia 704]

In my opinion the illustrations here, owe a significant debt to those produced by Avril for the 1905 Clandestine Hirsch edition. Listed elsewhere on this site and linked below.

Un été à la Campagne LE CHEFS-D’ŒUVRES DE LA LITÉRATURE GALANTE | [rule] | CORRESPONDANCE | DE DEUX JEUNES PARISIENNES | RECUEILLIE PAR | UN AUTEUR À MODE | [decoration] | À MITYLÈNE | CHEZ LES LIBRAIRIES ASSOCIÉS (Briffaut) [1920] 8vo. (19.3 x 14.2 cm). 186 pp. 10 of 12 hors-texte etchings done in black by Van Troizem, (Martin van Maele). In original publishers card covers printed in red and black, general wear to covers , contents loose and shaken, the illustrations originally tipped in and indexed with roman numerals are now loose.




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Martin Van Maele: An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist by S. A. Perry

Books for Trade: Gustave D [DROZ, Gustave, attributed to.] Un Été à la campagne. Correspondance de deux jeunes Parisiennes.Recueillie par un auteur a la mode Paris.1905: Illustrated by AVRIL, Paul: No Publisher [by E. Kapp for C. Hirsch]

Books for Trade: Ovide. Les Amours. J Chevrel, Libraire. Paris. MCMXIII

Books for Sale: Anon (Val Lewton). Three Times a Woman, Grushenka: The Story of a Russian Serf Girl Compiled from Contemporary Documents in the Russian Police Files and Private Archives of Russian Libraries. Published by Nafkah Press, Paris and New York, 1933.

Something of an oddity, an elaborate clandestine title produced in America, but the story purporting to be Russian in origin and the book production to be French,when in fact it is an elaborate hoax by written by B-movie mogul Val Lewton, producer of the 1942 version of Cat People and the following year’s I Walked with a Zombie


Three Times a Woman, Grushenka: The Story of a Russian Serf Girl Compiled from Contemporary Documents in the Russian Police Files and Private Archives of Russian Libraries Published by Nafkah Press, Paris and New York, 1933. 252 pp, seven sexually explicit black and white plates signed Kyu. In original publishers card covers, printed back and front in elobarate textual design in purple on white. This copy with too many flaws to list, but is complete both in text and illustrations.Claims to be one of 800 copies printed in Dijon, but actually an American publication.


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See Also

Books for Trade: Anonymous, Amish Love, Florence Italy: Michael Angelino Press, n.d.[circa 1940’s] illustrated by Mahlon Blaine

Anon (Val Lewton). Three Times a Woman, Grushenka

Detail as per listing above, Rare title, complete with general wear. Item is sold as is, World wide postage included in price. Opportunity to purchase a rare erotica at bargain price. Request more detailed description prior to purchase if you wish.

£110.00