Books Wanted: All Ephemera related to The Paris Olympia Press

Of all of the Olympia items I have traded over the years, the greatest regret I have is parting with the ephemera, such stuff is difficult to find and seldom listed by book-dealers, usually tucked away in a box somewhere, usually found when browsing , rather than presented for sale.

Pat Kearney, Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press. 2007, lists a range of items at page 356.

olympia press Cats

Rather than reproduce that detail here (though I may do later), suffice to say I am interested in any ephemera, related to the press, including (but not exclusive) sales catalogues, advertising fliers, book lists, order forms, letters, business cards, and anything else with a printed or pictorial link to the press.

Olympia Press Cats2

Any of the above or similar items, please leave a comment on this blog and I will get back to you.

Books For Trade: Special Feature: Raymond Radiguet. Vers Libres. Illustrated by Rojan 1937

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Item Description: Vers Libres Clandestine Publication, Nogent: au panier fleuri, [Paris vers 1937], 1937. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Rojan (illustrator). 2nd Edition. In original illustrated wraps, which have minor splitting at head of spine, in a limited edition of 145/250, the very rare and desirable 1937 second printing which is augmented with 4 extra illustrations (32 in total) and an extra 3 poems not presented in the first edition c1935. Altogether a very nice clean copy of a rare and desirable title, all illustrations are clean and bright. An item of interest to the serious erotic bibliophile. Happy to provide further information and images on request.

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[ROJAN] — RADIGUET, Raymond (1903-1923). Vers Libres. Nogent: au panier fleuri, [Paris vers 1937]. In-4 (277 x 190 mm). 32 illustrations libres de Rojankovsky, dit Rojan, coloriées au pochoir. Seconde édition, augmentée de quatre illustrations par rapport à l’originale publiée vers 1935

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BOOKS FOR TRADE: List Travellers Companion Duplicates ( Part 1)

Listing of titles available in the Traveller’s companion series, image, bibliographical description, note on number of copies available, and condition. For more information on individual titles post a comment on this blog and I will send images and full description.

NOTE: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DETAIL COURTESY OF Patrick Kearney . The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007. Index numbers, Example (5.3.1) are description locations within the publication.

TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 3

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5.3.1 SCHOOL FOR SIN Frances Lengel [Alexander Trocchi], 1955 FRANCES LENGEL | SCHOOL | FOR | SIN | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, rue de Nesle, Paris VIe Collation: 208 pp. [1-6]16, 78. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] SCHOOL | FOR | SIN, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris. pp. 7-200, text. pp. [201] THE END  reverse blank. pp. [203-5] advertisments, with promotional blurbs, for nos. 1-3 of the Traveller’s Companion Series, all ten volumes of The Atlantic Library and the offer of a free catalogue. p. [206] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed March 1955 by Imprimerie Richard, Paris | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1955. pp. [207-8] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] FRANCES LENGEL | SCHOOL | FOR | SIN | no 3 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 3 [-] SCHOOL FOR SIN. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900.

ONE COPY ABOUT GOOD+ WEAR TO COVERS AND EDGES.

TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 4

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5.4.1 THE LIBERTINE Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson] 1955 ROBERT DESMOND | THE | LIBERTINE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 rue de Nesle, Paris VIe Collation: 256 pp. [1]-816. 17.8 x11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] .THE | LIBERTINE., reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press.. pp. 7-249, text. p. [250] blank. pp. [251-3] advertisements, with promotional blurbs, for nos. 1-3 of the Traveller’s Companion Series, all ten volumes of The Atlantic Library and the offer of a free catalogue. p. [254] .PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed March 1955 by Imprimerie Richard, Paris | Depot legal : 2e trimestre 1955.. pp. [255-6] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] .ROBERT DESMOND | THE | LIBERTINE | no 4 | THE |TRAVELLER.S COMPANION | SERIES.. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] .4 [-] THE LIBERTINE.. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] .Francs : 900..
Notes: (1) Suppressed on December 10th, 1956 under the decree of May 1939 (article 14 of the law of July 29th 1881 .sur la liberte de la presse.), designed to combat politically and morally offensive périodiques et ouvrages de provenance étrangère. (2) Prosecuted on July 11th. 1958 under article 14 of a law passed on 16th July 1949 concerning the manner in which books, periodicals, &c. of an erotic character, could be sold, displayed and advertised.

ONE COPY VERY GOOD+ NEAR FINE


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 8

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5.8.1 AN ADULT’S STORY Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson], 1955 ROBERT DESMOND | AN | ADULTS | STORY | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. [1]-616, 78. 17.7 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] AN | ADULT’S | STORY. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE |[rule]| All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. p. [7] advertisment, with promotional blurb, for vols. 2, 6 & 9 of The Atlantic Library Series and vols. 1-6, 8 & 10 of The Traveller’s Companion Series. p. [8] blank. pp. 9-206, text. p. [207] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed by Imprimerie Richard, Paris, April 1955 | [rule] | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1955. p. [208] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] ROBERT DESMOND | AN | ADULTS | STORY | no 8 |THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 8 [-] AN ADULT‘S STORY. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: (1) Suppressed on December 10th, 1956 under the decree of May 1939 (article 14 of the law of July 29th 1881 sur la liberté de la presse), designed to combat politically and morally offensive périodiques et ouvrages de provenance étrangère. (2) Prosecuted on July 11th. 1958 under article 14 of a law passed on 16th July 1949 concerning the manner in which books, periodicals, &c. of an erotic character, could be sold, displayed and advertised.

ONE COPY SMALL PIECE MISSING BASE FRONT COVER (see image) OTHERWISE VERY GOOD+


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 10

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5.10.2 MY LIFE AND LOVES, VOL. V Frank Harris [Alexander Trocchi], 1958 [Within a border of green type ornament:] FRANK HARRIS |MY LIFE | AND LOVES | Fifth volume | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking border:] 7, rue Saint-Séverin, Paris Collation: 192 pp. 10.1 – 10.128. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] MY LIFE | AND LOVES. p. [4] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[186], text. p. [187,8] blank. p. [189] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed April 1958 by S.I.P. Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1958‘. pp.[190-192] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] FRANK HARRIS | MY LIFE | AND LOVES | Fifth volume | no 10 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [The words 3rd PRINTING appear in the top centre of the front cover, between the two borders.] [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 10 [-] MY LIFE AND LOVES. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200

TWO COPIES BOTH VERY GOOD


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 11

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5.11.1 THE LOINS OF AMON Marcus Van Heller [John Stevenson], 1955 MARCUS VAN  HELLER | THE LOINS | OF AMON | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 184 pp. [11.1]-11.516, 11.612. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE LOINS | OF AMON. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-182, text. p. [183] blank. p. [184] PRINTED IN FRANCE | Imprim. Richard, Paris · Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1955. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] MARCUS VAN HELLER | THE LOINS | OF AMON | no 11 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 11 [-] THE LOINS OF AMON. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: (1) Suppressed on December 10th, 1956 under the decree of May 1939 (article 14 of the law of July 29th 1881 Ŗsur la liberté de la presse), designed to combat politically and morally offensive périodiques et ouvrages de provenance étrangère. (2) Prosecuted on July 11th. 1958 under article 14 of a law passed on 16th July 1949 concerning the manner in which books, periodicals, &c. of an erotic character, could be sold, displayed and advertised.

2 COPIES/ ONE GOOD/ ONE GOOD +


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 12

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5.12.1 CHARIOT OF FLESH Malcolm Nesbit [Alfred Chester], 1955 MALCOLM NESBIT | CHARIOT | OF FLESH | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. [12.1]-12.616, 12.78. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] CHARIOT | OF FLESH, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. pp. 7-202, text. p. [203] PRINTED | MAY 1955 | by S.I.P. | Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e, trimestre 1955 | [rule]. p. [204] blank. p. [205] catalogue of the first fifteen titles of The Traveller‘s Companion Series. pp. [206-208] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] MALCOLM NESBIT | CHARIOT | OF FLESH | no 12 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 12 [-] CHARIOT OF FLESH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: The original manuscript of The Chariot of Flesh is preserved with Chesters other papers in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre at the University of Texas, Austin.

ONE COPY GOOD+


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 13

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5.13.1 THE SEXUAL LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE Humphrey Richardson [Michel Gall], 1955 HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SEXUAL LIFE | OF ROBINSON CRUSOE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 200 pp. [13.1]-13.516, 13.64, 13.716. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-4] blank. p. [5] THE | SEXUAL LIFE | OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. p. [6] | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France p. [7] title, as above. p. [8] catalogue of the first fifteen volumes of The Traveller‘s Companion Series. pp. 9-11, Foreword. p. [12] blank. pp. 13-198, text. p. [199] blank. p. [200] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed May 1955 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1954. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SEXUAL LIFE | OF ROBINSON CRUSOE | no 13 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 13 [-] THE SEXUAL LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900.
Notes: (1) In the Preface to a French-language paperback edition of this novel published about 1985 by Éditions Jai Lu, , Michel Gall recounts how it was Patrick Bowles, the translator of Samuel Beckett, who suggested that he [Gall]  could earn some money by writing an erotic novel for The Olympia Press. The Sexual Life of Robinson Crusoe was written first in French, and a translation had to be arranged. Si mes souvenirs sont exacts,ŗ wrote Gall, cette tâche échut à un pasteur défroqué, originaire de Nouvelle-Zélande.ŗ The original French text was first published at Paris in May 1963 by Claude Tchou as part of his Cercle du livre precieux series, and reprinted shortly afterwards by Régine Deforges. A third, which ran into legal difficulties, appeared in the Marie Concorde collection in 1970, put out by Christian Bourgeois, and a fourth French edition appeared in 1977 from J.C. Simoën, at which time the author’s true name was given. (2) Suppressed on December 10th, 1956 under the decree of May 1939 (article 14 of the law of July 29th 1881 sur la liberté de la presseŗ), designed to combat politically and morally offensive périodiques et ouvrages de provenance étrangère. (3) Prosecuted on July 11th. 1958 under article 14 of a law passed on 16th July 1949 concerning the manner in which books, periodicals, &c. of an erotic character, could be sold, displayed and advertised.

ONE COPY GOOD+


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 13 (2)

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5.13.2 THE SECRET LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE [THE SEXUAL LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE] Humphrey Richardson [Michel Gall], 1962 [Within a green border of type ornament:] HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SECRET LIFE | OF | ROBINSON |CRUSOE | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES |published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 192 pp. [1]-128. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | SECRET LIFE | OF | ROBINSON CRUSOE, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France, 1962. pp. 7-9, Foreword. p. [10] blank. pp. 11-188, text. p. [189] blank. p. [190] PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie Studium, Paris, June 1962 | [rule] | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1962. pp. [191,2] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SECRET LIFE | OF |ROBINSON | CRUSOE | no 13 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 13 [-] THE SECRET LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 18 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. & U.K.

FOUR COPIES/ 1 FINE/ 2 VERY GOOD /1 GOOD

NOTE: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DETAIL COURTESY OF Patrick Kearney . The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007. Index numbers, Example (5.3.1) are description locations within the publication.

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List Traveller’s Companion Series (Part 2)

BOOKS TO TRADE: William Burroughs

This is a chance to trade the three titles published by the Paris Olympia Press all now expensive items, but these are duplicates which will also appear in my Traveller’s Companion duplicates listings , when I get to the higher series numbers. Bibliographical descriptions are courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. (Index numbers EXAMPLE 5.88.1) are the actual location of the description in the bibliography.


The images are the actual books, please leave a comment if you want any further information.


5.76.1 THE NAKED LUNCH William Burroughs, 1959

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[Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | NAKED | LUNCH | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 232 pp. 76.1-76.148; 76.154. 17.5 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.

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Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | NAKED | LUNCH, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright by William Burroughs, 1959. p. 7-[226], text. p. [227] Printed by S.I.P., Montreuil, France, in July 1959 | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1959. pp. [228-232] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | NAKED | LUNCH | no 76 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 76 [-] THE NAKED LUNCH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.500 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.S.A. OR U.K.. Issued in a white dustjacket, with a series of small black abstract designs in rows is printed horizontally across the front and back covers. [Frontover; within a purple panel running vertically the height of the book and occupying a little less than half its width, in white caps:] WILLIAM | BURROUGHS [within the purple panel, in gold caps:] THE | NAKED | LUNCH. [Spine; horizontally at bottom, in black:] THE | OLYMPIA |PRESS [vertically, in purple:] THE NAKED LUNCH [Vertically, in black:] WILLIAM | BURROUGHS. Inside flaps of dustjacket carry a B&W photograph of Burroughs, followed by a brief history of the book and some critical comments by John Ciardi extracted from an article he wrote for The Saturday Review (June 27th 1959). Notes: (1) The copy examined was in alatered state with the price of 1500 Francs overprinted with a rubber-stamp indicating a price increase to 18 NF.

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(2) Five thousand copies were printed of this first edition, but the dustjacket wasn’t issued until some months after the book’s initial release, and was never used on subsequent reprints. A number of collectors and dealers have reported that the dustjackets are ill-fitting, suggesting that they were poorly designed. The standard bibliography of William Burroughs mentions the existence of a planned special edition, for which two sets of unbound sheets were held back. The edition was never published, but the two sets of sheets survive, one in a private collection and the other in the Burroughs Archive. (See, Joe Maynard & Barry Miles, William S. Burroughs, A Bibliography, 1953-73, Charlottsvile: University Press of Virginia, 1978, entry no. A.2a.)

One Copy Very Good + minor creasing and marking to back cover see images above.

FOR further discussion points on the dust jacket debate follow the link.

New into the Collection: Naked Lunch


5.88.1 THE SOFT MACHINE William Burroughs, 1961

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[Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | SOFT | MACHINE | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 184 pp. 1.88-11.888; 12.884. 17.6 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | SOFT MACHINE. p.[4] Jacket designed | by Brion Gysin | PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie S.I.P., Montreuil (Seine). June 1961 | [rule] | Copyright © by William S. Burroughs, 1961. | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1961. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[182], text. pp. [183-184] blank. Binding: Light olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | SOFT | MACHINE | no 88 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 88 [-] THE SOFT MACHINE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 15 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. AND U.K.ř. Issued in thin, matt-finished card dustjacket illustrated across front, spine and back with abstract black & white wash design by Bryon Gysin, with a 1 inch black border at the foot of whole design. [Frontwrapper; within the border:] [in white:] William Burroughs | [in red:] THE SOFT MACHINE. [Spine; within border:] [in red:] THE | SOFT |MACHINE. [Backwrapper; within border:] [in red:] the olympia press | PARIS. Inside front flap of dustjacket carries a short blurb about the novel and the price: New Francs : 15,00.. inside back flap has a list of other Olympia Press titles available. Notes: An altered state known with price increase to 18 NF rubber stamped over printed 15 NF price on back cover. Copy used: Compilers collection. [163]

THIS COPY VERY GOOD/ VERY Good Wrapper and Book: Full description and extra images on request.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION Courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


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5.91.1 THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED William Burroughs, 1962 [Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE TICKET | THAT | EXPLODED | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 184 pp. 91.14; 91.2-91.128. 17.4 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE TICKET | THAT |EXPLODED .[4] ACKNOWLEDGMENT | The sections entitled In A Strange | Bed and The Black Fruit were | written in collaboration with | Michael Portman. | The design on p. 183 is by | Brion Gysin. | Other works by William Burroughs |published by The Olympia Press : | THE NAKED LUNCH : 1959. | THE SOFT MACHINE | First edition : 1961. | New revised and augmented | edition : February 1963. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie Desgrandchamps, Paris, December 1962. | [rule] | Copyright by William Burroughs, 1962. | Dépôt légal : 4e trimestre 1962.. pp. 7-[183], text. p. [184] blank Binding: Light olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE TICKET | THAT |EXPLODED | no 91 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION |SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 91 [-] THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 18 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. & U.K.. Issued in a glazed, thin card dustwrapper, illustrated across the front, spine and back with a monochrome photo collage [by Ian Sommerville], torn unevenly across the bottom to reveal a white field crossing the front wrapper, spine and back wrapper, on which are printed author, title and publisher. [Front cover; in red script:] the Ticket | that Exploded. | [typewritten in black:] BY WILLIAM BURROUGHS. [Spine; printed vertically up spine:] [typewritten in red:] THE TICKET THAT | EXPLODED | [typewritten in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS. [Back cover; typewritten in black:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS. Inside front flap carries a black & white photograph of Burroughs for its entire height over which is superimposed a white panel containing the first part of some notes concerning The Ticket that Exploded. This design is repeated on the inside back flap, where the photograph is tinted pink and the blurb concludes.

THIS COPY GOOD/ VERY Good Wrapper and Book: Full description and extra images on request.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION Courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


ANOTHER COPY about GOOD + No Wrapper. Details and extra images on request.

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Books For Sale or Trade: Clandestine Losfeld and Others Part 2

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Guy de Follyroses 

Le Temple

des Ivresses 

Collection Des Lits Clos

 

 [c 1955]

.FOLLYROSES, Guy de. – Le Temple des Ivresses. Collection des Lits Clos [c. 1955]. 8vo. pp. 142. Six illustrations. [Dutel, 2488.] Prosecuted in March 1961. Very Good+ copy minor creasing to covers a very rare title, extra images on request

My Thanks To Patrick Kearney for permission to use bibliographical information from his Scissors and Paste website, linked on the main page of this blog.

FOLLYROSES, Guy de. – Le Temple des Ivresses.


$_1

Belobeck

[ND] [NP]

 

 [c 1958]

     M. BELOBECK saisi par le débauche. n.p., n.d. [c. 1958] 16mo. pp. 116. Six illustrations. [ – Dutel, 1869.] Prosecuted in March 1961.

My Thanks To Patrick Kearney for permission to use bibliographical information from his Scissors and Paste website, linked on the main page of this blog.

M.Belobeck, Saisi par le Debauche


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GINA TERVAL

SEXES EN FOLIE

ROMAN

 SOUS LE SIGNE D’EROS

 [c 1955]

 [DUNAN, Renée.] Gina Terval. – [Les Caprices du Sexe] Sexes en Folie. Roman. Sous le signe d’Eros [c. 1955]. 8vo. pp. 109. Six illustrations. [Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-90000(1425). – Dutel, 2398.] Les Caprices du Sexe, the original title of this work, was first published by Maurice Duflou in 1928. 

Sexes en Folie

My Thanks To Patrick Kearney for permission to use bibliographical information from his Scissors and Paste website, linked on the main page of this blog.


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 J,STYKA

CRUELLES 

FRENESIES

 Les Editions du Crépuscule

Paris:

[1958]

STYKA, J., pseud. – Cruelles Frénésies. Paris: Les Editions du Crépuscule [1958]. 8vo. pp. Unpaginated, but pp. 164. With five plates by ‘Wighead.’ [Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-90000(1381). – Dutel, 1322.] A reprint of Les Cruelles Frénésies de Van den Rook, by J. Van Styk, published by Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, Paris [between 1932-35]. The original edition had six plates. I am indebted to M. Christophe Bier for details of the original publication. The Losfeld edition was prosecuted in September 1960. [Near Fine]

For details follow link

Cruelles Frénésies

My Thanks To Patrick Kearney for permission to use bibliographical information from his Scissors and Paste website, linked on the main page of this blog

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Graf Roth

 L’Ecole

 des 

Caresses

n.p., n.d.

[c. 1955]

[VALORBE, François] Graf Roth. – L’école des caresses. n.p., n.d. [c. 1955] 8vo. Unpaginated, but pp. [168]. Twenty-four illustrations. [Bibliothèque Nationale: Enfer, 1514. Dutel, 1450] Prosecuted in September 1961. In only about good condition but complete with all illustrations.

Graf Roth. – L’école des caresses.


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Le Serail Royal

LA BELLE LETTY

EN SOUVENIR

D’ISIDORE LISEUX

[c. 1955]

BELLE LETTY, La. En Souvenir d’Isidore Liseux [c. 1955]. 8vo. pp. 132. [Dutel, 1098.]A reprint of a work originally published in 1898 at Amsterdam by Auguste Brancart. It was one of two erotic novels issued under the collective title ‘Le Serail Royal.’ The second novel was called Histoire de Rosy. Good plus copy complete with 6 illustrations..

La Belle Letty, Le Serail Royal

Traded: No Longer Available

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Comte d’IRANCY

La Nonne

Traded: No Longer Available

 Illustrations [de] Pierre Mac

n.p., n.d.

 [c. 1955]

IRANCY, Comte d’, pseud. – La Nonne. Illustrations [de] Pierre Mac. n.p., n.d. [c. 1955]. 4to. Unpaginated, but pp. [112]. Twenty illustrations. [Dutel, 2052.] Limited to 250 copies. Prosecuted in February 1964. A translation of this work by Alexis Lykiard remains unpublished. Very Good + condition in original anonymous black covers.

See also links

Losfeld 1

Losfeld 3


Books To Trade: Paris Olympia Press

As I seem to have difficulty in finding enough time to list everything individually, even though I am committed to doing so, I am posting images of the volume of books that I have to trade or sell. As stated elsewhere a small number of titles are listed on AbeBooks.Com, under EGOBOOKS. Of the rest a small number are listed here, without price, primarily because I want to generate contact with collectors and would prefer to trade titles than sell them. My prices on AbeBooks are not fixed and are primarily there to provide a shopfront for me.

Paris Travellers Companion Series Duplicates for Trade

Paris Travellers Companion Series Duplicates

The image above shows all of my TC duplicates, as you can see there are rather a lot of them, if there are any titles that you are looking for leave a message on this blog and I will get back to you to with both trade or buying options.

Other Paris Olympia for Trade

Other Paris Olympia for Trade

As you can see above I have far fewer titles to trade in other series, but there are some very rare Atlantic Library editions in this shot, as well as a few listed on this site in detail.

Other Erotica Cabinet

Erotica Cabinet

As the caption indicates the image above is the non Olympia stuff, which includes all the Clandestine Losfelds, listed in detail on this site, and many many more which I will list individually as time goes on, anyone who cannot wait let me know what you are looking for and I will tell you whether or not I have it. And if you are super serious and have a rare Paris Olympia to trade, I can provide a list of titles and you can take your pick.

The Story of a Bookcase: The Obsession Begins

Although it is difficult for me to recall the exact year, I do remember the day, as it was my birthday, and from my closest friend I received a copy of the Olympia Reader, this was either 1983 or 1984, this book fascinated me, not so much the excerpts from the Olympia titles but the story behind the press and the range of outrageous, weird and wonderful stuff it had put out.

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Fairly quickly, I started to look for titles in local bookshops and charities, it did not take long to discover that these books were hard to find, and in the mid eighties no one in the book world was much interested in them, with a little research, of the old fashioned kind, (not a huge amount of WWW activity in those days), I found a copy of Pat Kearney’s Olympia Hand-list which at least informed me just how many of these books I could look for.

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It also introduced me to the fact that there was at least one person as crazy as me already on the job, although with a very significant head start. As it became clear very quickly finding any of these books in your standard second hand bookshop was pretty much a non starter, as a consequences in the early days at least, I used to hunt, often with my good friend, the one who gave me the Olympia Reader, and as he pops up quite a lot in future adventures in book hunting I shall call him “T”. Commencing with local charities and gradually spreading our net further afield, we explored towns and villages looking for any shop, market or other location that might have second hand books, also going to Jumble sails and Flea Markets, lots of time spent wandering around with no specific address to aim for. Around this time I found and purchased a copy of Driffs Guide, this was an amazing, personalised directory to the second hand bookshops of England Published by Driff Field, an eccentric book runner of some notoriety, I recall bumping into him on many occasions, often in Any Amount of Books in the Charing Cross Road, where he appeared to have some kind of residency, if my memory serves me well, I cannot remember Driff wearing anything other than a white colonial suit and fedora in summer, with his sole means of transport a bicycle, for more on this character search Driffs Guide on Google.

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Eventually my hunting took me back to Herne Bay, where effectively this journey began, when as a boy , as previously told in these pages, I went on bicycle to hunt for Marvel Comics, so in the 80’s I found myself back in the same shop where I used to buy my comics, admittedly in a slightly different location but run by the same owner, who was happy to talk about second hand comics , but became very elusive about Olympia Press books, or Readers as he called them. It soon became obvious that there was some sort of coded way of gaining access to these books and that it would take time, although there was no justification for such caution in the 80’s, the DB shop owner was firmly embedded in the past and would not easily open up based on a single visit, but more of this later. It was on my first return visit, to this shop that I espied a copy of a book dealers catalogue which I was allowed to purchase, something of a minor miracle, This I believe was Delectus Catalogue Number 5, put out by Michael Goss, The good fortune of locating this slim volume and my subsequent contact with the author, would ultimately lead to my going from a handful of titles gathered in provincial England, to becoming an international book  runner with a much broader remit to hunt out clandestine publications in many languages across over a hundred years of history, and also to be where I am today with my collection.

In-between are the  book hunting expeditions, all over the UK, and Europe, which will,  I hope entertain you in my future blogs.

Books to Trade: Travellers Companion Series

FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Malcolm Nesbit

(Alfred Chester)

Chariot of Flesh

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 12

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In original green card covers 202 pp, a list of the  first 14  titles at the back of the book, printed by Impr S.I.P  Montreuil France in May 1955, Original price of  Francs 900 on back cover(see images) an extremely rare title in the series and in about good condition. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item in any condition for the serious collector. Priced for entry level for a collector, this was my only copy for several years. Feel free to ask any questions


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Akbar Del Piombo

(Norman Rubington)

Skirts

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 27

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 200, printed by Impr.S.I.P. Montreuil in March 1956, original price of Francs 900 on back cover. A rare title though this one does turn up, but not in this condition, the images do not do it justice, clearly a tight unread copy and of collection quality. Priced on quality over rarity.I decided to list this one rather than another on the flip of a coin, the other one stays in my personal collection.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Robert Desmond

(Robert Desmond Thompson)

Heaven Hell and the Whore

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 24

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 251, printed by Impr.S.I.P. Montreuil in June 1956, small scratch mark through Francs 900 on the back cover, original price still visible. An extremely rare title in the series and in very good condition. See images and description. One of 9 titles from this  Olympia writer. Very seldom seen in any condition, even rarer in original covers an elusive title. The last time I listed this title on eBay someone complained and it was pulled, just goes to show the battle against censorship still goes on 60 years later. If you don’t have it you should buy it. Cant be many more out there.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Marcus Van Heller

(John Stevenson)

The Loins of Amon

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 11

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 182, printed in the second quarter of 1955 by Impr. Richard, Paris France, old price Francs 900 price on back cover scratched out. General wear and usage An extremely rare title in the series and in good condition. One of 12 titles from this the most prolific of Olympia writers.Early TC from 1955. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Marcus Van Heller

(John Stevenson)

Cruel Lips

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 30

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 190, printed by Impr.S.I.P. Montreuil in July 1956, small pen mark on Francs 900 price on back cover appears to be an attempt to change the “9” to a “6” original price still visible. An extremely rare title in the series and in good condition. One of 12 titles from this the most prolific of Olympia writers. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector. Lovely looking copy, but has suffered the indignity of having been read, not that surprising really, this little paperback is 60 years old next year.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Mickey Dikes

Sarabande For A Bitch

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 28

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers 208 pp, printed by Impr.S.I.P Montreuil  in April 1956, Original price of Francs 900 on back cover, becoming more elusive and a good collection entry quality copy .Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector. Mickey Dikes is one of Olympia mystery writers. Great title, a sarabande is a slow, stately dance and a bitch is well…….. a female dog, so , doesn’t bear thinking about!


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Harriet Daimler

(Iris Owens)

Darling

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 19

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers 173 pp, a list of the  first 29  titles at the back of the book, printed by Impr. Montreuil Seine in March 1956, Original price of  900 Fr neatly inked out on this copy an extremely rare title in the series and in very good condition, the first of 5 novels in this series by Iris Owens a rare and brave venture for a woman writing erotica in the period. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Carmencita de las Lunas

(Alexander Trocchi)

Thongs

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 25

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In original green card covers 189 pp, including three pages of the presses other titles printed by Imprimiere Speciale des editions The Olympia Press in the 1st Trimestre of 1956 Paris, an extremely rare title in the series and in very good condition. Suppressed in December 1956 and prosecuted in July 1958.


Books for Trade: Clandestine Losfeld and Others C 1950’s

Louise Dormienne 

 Les audaces

amoureuses de 

Melle de B…

New Orleans: 

1957.

[DUNAN, Renée.] Louise Dormienne. – Les Audaces Amoureuses de Melle de B… New Orleans: 1957. 8vo. pp. 176. Fourteen illustrations. [Dutel, 1062.]  Near fine condition with uncut pages.

A reprint of Les Caprices du Sexe, originally published at Paris in 1928 by Maurice Duflou. See description and images:-

:[DUNAN, Renée.] Louise Dormienne. – Les Audaces Amoureuses de Melle de B


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 Les Étapes de l’amour

S.Palu

Berlin [Paris]

(1958)

Palu, S. [Isidore Isou and the Lettriste Group]. Les Étapes de l’amour. Berlin [Paris]: [1958]. First edition. 8vo, 208 pp. + [40] plates. Printed wraps.

An erotic work written under pseudonym by Isidore Isou and the Lettristes. According to Dutel, Isou didn’t have time to do the drawings for the work, so he gave the scenarios to other members of the Lettriste Group, who executed the rough, full page pornographic drawings – one of the rarest early documents of it’s kind from the Lettriste group. The place of publication, here stated as Berlin, was actually Paris – a subterfuge to avoid prosecution. The work was banned on September 21, 1960. Dutel 1514.

My thanks to Patrick Kearney for his kind permission to use his bibliographical details, in this and my other listings


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Vicomtesse de SAINT-LUC

Ma Vie Conjugale

En souvenir de Isidore Liseux 

[c. 1955]

SAINT-LUC, Vicomtesse de, pseud. – Ma Vie Conjugale. En souvenir de Isidore Liseux [c. 1955]. 8vo. pp. 151. Twelve illustrations. [Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-90000(1130). – Dutel, 1876.]  Prosecuted in December 1957. In original soft card wraps, in sheets, wear to cover some creasing , but complete with all illustrations, limited sample in this listing, please request any further images. A reprint of a work originally published at Amsterdam in 1893 by Auguste Brancart, under the title Autour du Mariage de Paulette.

Books for Trade: SAINT-LUC, Vicomtesse de, pseud. – Ma Vie Conjugale.


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 Fleurs de Chair

Mme la Vicomtesse de SAINT-LUC

Société de Bibliophiles

Montréal (Canada)

(1950)

 In Original printed card covers. 8vo. pp. 110. Six illustrations, [Dutel, 1581.] Limited to 300 copies,first published at Amsterdam by Auguste Brancart in 1893, all illustrations are present, link below.

Saint-Luc, Mme la Vicomtesse; Fleurs de chair., En souvenir d`Isidore Liseux.


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 Alexandre LEUCADE

n.d- n.p

(1962)

LEUCADE, Alexandre, pseud. [?Eric Losfeld] – . n.p., n.d. [c. 1962.]  8vo. pp. 119. Sixteen illustrations. [Dutel, 1673.] Original Card covers Author and title in red on off white background, an entirely clandestine publication by Losfeld who may also have been the author. Very good complete .

LEUCADE Alexandre [ Pseudonyme de Ado KYROU ]: LE GORILLE Second Edition illustrated with 16 PLATES (trés libres)


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 L’Envoutement,

par

XXX

[VIAUD, Anselme Louis.]

No Date

(1959)

[VIAUD, Anselme Louis.] – ‘, [par] XXX. Illustré par Géro. n.p., n.d. [1959.] 16mo. Unpaginated, but pp. [120.] Frontispiece and twelve erotic plates. Illustrated wrappers. ( Dutel, 1489.] Contains four tales: L’Envoûtement. – La Prison dans les bruyères. – D’amour et de mort. – Petit ménage. This is the second edition. The original appeared in 1952, without illustrations, credited to A.L.V. and published by [Pierre Pic], with the imprint ‘Collection Vir et Mulier.’ It is a 16mo of pp. 2ff. 124+2ff. and limited to 1000 copies. In original illustrated card covers , illustrations bound in complete Very good copy, Mark on front cover. 

Books for Trade: .XXX [VIAUD, Anselme Louis.] L’ENVOUTEMENT. n.p. n.d (Losfeld) [c. 1959]


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Les

Imprudences

de

Monique

1950’s?

In original beige coloured card covers with title in red on cover, This is an entirely clandestine imprint, illustrated in this copy with 5 full page illustrations of an explicit nature in black. All details are a complete mystery to me, the only copies I can locate do not have the illustrations this one has 5, they are very stylized and look to be 50’s or 60s , they appear to be by the same artist who illustrated ” Le Noir sied aux blondes”, which isn’t much help as I don’t know who published that either. 5 illustrations seems like an odd number (I know it is , but you know what I mean) but I can not detect any interference with the structure of the book. And 5 is certainly better than none which appears to be the alternative.

Anon: Les Imprudences de Monique: No Publisher : No Date (1955)


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Moineau

 de 

Paris

“Les Expériences de Friquette moineau parisien”

XXX

(1950s)

In original paper wraps beautifully produced cover design, ,In-8 (19 x 14) p.p.199 pages uncut, A clandestine publication by Francis Flores , Toulouse in 1955 . 6 unsigned illustrations drawn in sepia on card-stock. Clandestine pornographic novel . ( Dutel II- 1536, Pia 471 ) , COMPLETE In fine condition.

: Moineau de Paris (Les Expériences de Friquette. Moineau parisien) A


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Honoré-Gabriel Riqueti, comte de MIRABEAU,

Le Rideau levé

ou l’éducation de Laure.

  Amsterdam: 

au galant passe-temps

1953

 8vo. pp. 172. Twelve erotic plates. Limited to 258 copies on ‘beau velin,’ numbered 1 to 250 and lettered A to H. This copy No 161 . Fine uncut pages unread copy, all illustrations present.

 Of interest to the serious erotic bibliophile, Item is complete with no missing parts and no unwanted scribbles or other additions. 

Mirabeau: Le Rideau Levé ou L’Éducation de Laure. Amsterdam, Au Galant Passe-Temps, (Losfeld) (1950)


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 le Parc a Cerfs

 [par] Baron de…

(Versailles) 

[c. 1958]

      I8vo. pp. 165. in uncut sheets. Eight illustrations. tipped in. [Dutel, 2135.] Prosecuted in June 1961. Limited to 300 copies. The authorship and place of publication are given on the wrapper only. In protective,  anonymous card covers and slipcase. Book in original printed wrappers, illustrations tipped in, complete very nice copy

 . All contents clean and complete no added scribbles or any other additions. Sample images only in listing please ask for further information.

Le Parc Aux Cerfs, Baron de B. ,Edition Versailles (Eric Losfeld) 1950


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 FLORILÈGES DE LA VOLUPTÉ

, ou Les Voluptés d’une Vicieuse

 Au Petit Cénacle: 

1936 

[1955]

In original illustrated wraps over card covers. 8vo. Unpaginated, but pp. [112] with sixty leaves on which are printed seventy illustrations. [Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y290000(1181). – Dutel, 1586.] Prosecuted in September 1960. . All contents clean and complete no added scribbles or any other additions. Sample images only in listing please ask for further information.


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 Des Filles et des Hommes  

STARCANTE

[ Claude SEIGNOLLE,.] 

 Hong Kong 

[1959]

Original printed wrappers. 20 erotic illustrations.( 22 in this copy illustrations (2 duplicates bound in together) .. 4to. Unpaginated, but pp. [248]. [Bibliothèque Nationale: 1538. Dutel, 1374.] In original Printed card covers complete with 22 illustrations bound in, altogether in very good condition now rare in any condition. All contents clean and complete no added scribbles or any other additions. Sample images only in listing please ask for further information.

STARCANTE. [ Claude SEIGNOLLE,.] Des Filles et des Hommes,Hong Kong. [1959]. Losfeld


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Les CURIOSITÉS  

Anon

 n.p., n.d.

 [c. 1958.] 

In Original Black card covers with title in red on cover and spine. 8vo. pp. 159. Eight coloured illustrations. [Dutel, 1329.] All illustrations and text present and correct.

A reprint of vol. II of Liqueurs et Parfums des Importantes Fabriques de Lesbos, Cythère et Gomorrhe… published at Amsterdam by A. Brancart in 1894.Curiosités (Les). – S.l.n.d. [P., Eric Losfeld, fin des années ’50], in-12, en f., couv. noire impr. en bistre, étui. Edition clandestine ornée de 8 illustrations en coul., très libres. Il s’agit d’une réédition du tome 2 de Liqueurs et Parfums paru pour la 1e fois en 1894.

Anonymous ( Vicomtesse de Saint-Luc) , Les Curiositès: Undated (1959), No Place (Paris?) Clandestine (Losfeld)


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Luxure et Souffrance

Janine Peyrin 

.

In original printed paper wraps, navy blue text on cream background 1 large volume in-8 (26 x 17 cm), in sheets, 119 pages, 8 illustrations laid in, on glossy paper and numerous cul-de-lamps all of an explicit erotic content. No information available to identify publisher or author. Reference: Dutel, bibliography of erotic works published illegally between 1920 and 1970 , No. 1866. A rare and fragile item of interest to the serious erotic bibliophile. Extra images on request.

Janine Peyrin: Luxure et Souffrance, Roman de Mouers. Clandestine Publication n.p n.d (1950


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L’Aquarium

des

voluptés

 Jean Mouille

 No Publisher No Date

(Francis Flores)

(Toulouse)

1955

In original printed card covers (which have fine detailed decorations hard to see on the images but very pleasing to the eye), 229 p.p. with 8 full page explicit erotic illustrations printed on thick glossy card contained inside the flap at the back of the book. A Very Good/ Near Fine copy of a rare and elusive title, very nice condition and a very pretty little book. Item is complete with no missing parts and no unwanted scribbles or other additions

L’Aquarium des Voluptés, Jean Mouille, Edité par sans nom [Francis Flores, Toulouse],


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  Fouetteuses

Anon

[Alphonse MOMAS .]

NIMEGUE

1927

In original Blue printed paper wraps, States Nimegue (1927), but is a clandestine imprint by Losfeld of  1955 No Author, No Publisher. 8vo. pp. 110. 10 illustrations.

 .with half title and title page , a very nice print job produced in a very small number, pages with text are uncut , so an unread copy in very good near fine condition, this is an entirely clandestine imprint, illustrated in this copy with 10 full page illustrations bound in ( single illustrations to each end of the book and 4 in pairs throughout ) of an explicit nature. An item of significant interest to the serious erotic bibliophile. Dutel lists this edition as having 9 illustrations.

Anon [Alphonse Momas] FOUETTEUESES, Nimègue: 1927 (Losfeld) 1955


Bibliographical details provided courtesy of Patrick Kearney, Scissors and Paste website (with his permission.) Linked on the front page of this blog.


The Story of a Bookcase: The Lost Years [a transitional, transcendent phase.]

This is where things become blurred, very blurred, from the age of 18 and pretty much solidly for the next 10 years, I was only half in the driving seat, but never completely out of control, well OK I was shit faced most of the time, and the question of control is academic as I survived it, and in any case the totally out of control periods are completely blank.

Before I take you into my twilight zone, I need to fill in a bit of background, by 13 years was smoking roll ups and had partaken in the “Herb” on a fairly regular basis, by 15 years of age I was already into amphetamines and had taken my first of many “Trips”. not boasting , just telling you.

The bookcase has only a peripheral role in this part, and I will finish this particular blog  with the details of what sort of state it was in by the end. The bulk of this story is I think worth telling , but possibly elsewhere, or I will lose the direction of the whole thing. Whew! narrowly avoided another,  Karl Ove Knausgård, moment, not that is a bad thing, I have read the first 4 of his 5 autobiographical tomes, and I am a fan. I have to fight the temptation to go into minute detail of my life, the urge to confess I suppose, the mark of a Roman Catholic upbringing.

For the ten-year period in question in the context mentioned in the first paragraph above, my life gravitated to extreme social activity, the basis of which was built around music, the listening to , watching and making of. Going to the movies was also an important and frequent activity, just in case anyone is curious I was almost continually employed during this period primarily in various branches of the electronics industry, laughably at one stage I worked on prototype weapons systems at Marconi, whilst being a card-carrying member of the CND and active member of the Anti-Nazi League.

I was a child in the 60's

I was a child in the 60’s

       My interest in Music was eclectic and very time-consuming.

Remarkable Times

Remarkable Times

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And all this time

Self Explanatory

Self Explanatory

By the end the bit that matters for this blog, the bookcase was occupied with a mixture of underground comics, Zap, Furry Freaks and the like, and primarily paperbacks by a variety of authors, including:- Moorcock, Flann O’brien, Kerouac, Brautigan, Poe, and on and on, I had also developed an interest in Burroughs and at one time claimed to have read and understood everything he had written, not sure that I could say that now, the interest continued with translations of French titles, so Bataille, Genet and Beckett, and for those of you in the know, you can already spot the drift towards the Olympia Press, although at this stage I don’t recall any of the copies in the bookcase being Olympia Press editions at that time, another missed opportunity.

Next: The Obsession begins