A very scarce and fragile item and some confusion about which of a number of possible clandestine editions this actually is, here follows some communication between myself and Patrick Kearney from earlier today:-
Good Morning Pat
Got the L’Aretin, and I have to say it’s a pretty little item and
one that still defies identification. There are three dated ‘1803’
but they all have differences which tend to distinguish them
from being the same as the little delight you’ve picked up.
The date seems right, or at least it’s in a close ballpark. Your
scanning is excellent, BTW, and I love the phallic frontis.
Pat ,Sorry my friend
Opening ones eyes helps, I note looking at the images that they all have their number above the top right hand border, they all appear to be present but two different images are both numbered 8, and are two thirds of the trio grouped together along with 9 the description of which stands facing a blank on the following page.
The pagination, I notice, appears only on the “Epices de Venus” — pp. -56.
The first part is unpaginated, and so I’m thinking seriously that what you’ve
got is an exemplar of Dutel A-104 after all. He describes it as: “2 parties en
1 vol. in-12 (12.8 x 8.2 [centimetres one surmises]) de (23 ff.) et 56 pp.” He
also concurs on the date (1803), and that the plates are a “reproduction
de celles Borel-Elluin” from the edition of 1787. The texts are by Felix Nogaret.
If the size matches what you have, then I would say that you could describe
it as being Dutel A-104.
I’ve compared the plates to those in the original edition (as printed in “Ars
Erotica,” vol.1) and they seem to be reversed and are fairly crudely
reproduced. The original 1787 engravings are marvellous, and were not
My apologies for the quality of the Jpeg scans, but because of the fragility of the book I could not flatten out the pages.
Anyone who is seriously interested in assisting with resolving the matter of which edition this is please leave a comment on this blog and I will send on request a PDF of the entire book, you will need DropBox or some such facility as the file size is too large to email.