Books Wanted: Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell, Guillaume Apollinaire JUNE 1953 Printing

Another elusive variant, this one is peculiar in that two editions were issued in quick succession, the first in JUNE 1953 and the second in JULY 1953, the image below is of the JULY 53 edition, which I have 2 copies of, apart from the print dates and the price on the back of the first pritning (no price on the second) both editions are identical, I believe the rapid second printing is an old French publishers con, designed to give the impression that a title is selling particularly well, regardless of the rationale the end result is the same and the first printing is hard to find. I am prepared to exchange multiple titles (with some reservations) for a Very Good copy of this edition, it does however need to be complete with all first edition points as listed below, in the bibliographical description provided as always courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number is the actual location of the description in the bibliography.

1.4.1 AMOROUS EXPLOITS OF A YOUNG RAKEHELL Guillaume Apollinaire, 1953

Amorous Exploits Olympia 1953

GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE | AMOROUS EXPLOITS | of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 2 bis, rue des Ciseaux, Paris (6e)

Collation: 120 pp. [1]-78, 84. 18.2 x 13.0 cm, all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: pp. [1-4] blank. p. [5] AMOROUS EXPLOITS |of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL, reverse blank. p. [7] title, as above. p. [8]  [rule] | All rights reserved in all countries..p. [9], CHAPTER ONE, reverse blank. pp. [11]-20, text. p. [21] CHAPTER TWO, reverse blank. pp. [23]-29, text. p. [30] blank. p. [31] CHAPTER THREE, reverse blank. pp. [33]-37, text. p. [38] blank. p. [39] CHAPTER FOUR, reverse blank. pp. [41]-45, text. p. [46] blank. p. [47] CHAPTER FIVE, reverse blank. pp. [49]-54, text. p. [55] CHAPTER SIX, reverse blank. pp. [57]-63, text. p. [64] blank. p. [65]CHAPTER SEVEN, reverse blank. pp. [67]-75, text. p. [76] blank. p. [77] CHAPTER EIGHT, reverse blank. pp. [79]-84, text. p. [85] CHAPTER NINE, reverse blank. pp. [87]-95, text. p. [96] blank. p. [97] CHAPTER TEN, reverse blank. pp. [99]-103, text. p. [104] blank. p. [105] CHAPTER ELEVEN, reverse blank. pp. [107]-110, text. p. [111], THE END, reverse blank. p. [113] table of contents, reverse blank. p. [115] FINISHED PRINTED [sic]| JUNE 1953 | BY IMPRIMERIE RICHARD | 24, RUE STÉPHENSON, PARIS | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1953. pp. [116-120] blank. Binding: Plain white wrappers trimmed flush with body of the book, under dark green dustjacket printed in black, with front wrapper framed by border of white, six-pointed stars. Front cover: GUIL-LAUME APOLLINAIRE | [double rule in white, with thicker lower rule:] Amorous Exploits | of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL [double rule in white, with thicker upper rule:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS‘. Spine: [reading up spine; horizontally:] THE | OLYMPIA | PRESS [reading vertically:] Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell [-] GUILLAUME | APOLLINAIRE. Back cover blank, except for bottom right: PRINTED IN FRANCE | PRICE : 1200 FRANCS.

Notes: A translation, reportedly by Richard Seaver, of Les Exploits d‘un jeune Don Juan, an erotic novel that was first published at Paris in 1905 or 1906 by Elias Gaucher. Although generally credited as an original work by Guillaume Apollinaire, it is actually a word-for-word translation by the poet of Kinder-Geilheit. Geständnisse eines Knaben (Berlin: 1891). For details of the German original, see Hugo Hayn and Alfred N. Gotendorf, Bibliotheca Germanorum Erotica & Curiosa (München: Georg Müller, 1912-14) vol. 3, pp. 551,2.

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