Books for Trade:The Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure or The Life of Fanny Hill by John Cleland, Hoboken 1929.

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Here we have another clandestine copy, one of an apparently endless list of editions of this title, this one fairly clearly places itself in the Americana category, and the printing date is probably fairly accurate, who the publisher or the illustrator were is something of a mystery, however the printers device above is fairly distinctive, and not really pertinent to this particular title, so I wonder if anyone has seen it elsewhere?

The illustrations are often described as Beardlseyesque, and I can see why, but to me also slightly reminiscent of Beresford Egan.

SPECIAL NOTE: 27/07/15; Message from Pat Kearney;

Steve Hi:

I noted your edition of the ‘Hoboken’ Fanny Hill. According to Cliff
Scheiner’s “Compendium” this was first published in 1929 with the
plates — which says are in the style of Elliot Dodd — in colour. A reprint
with the plates in b&w appeared c. 1932. The original ed. with the
colour plates he describes as “rare and desirable.”

Best

Pat


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This copy is in very nice condition, and better than most I have seen listed, it is bound in coloured patterned boards, in quarter leather with corners, and has LIFE OF FANNY HILL on the spine in gilt.

Two points of note: The Frontispiece is bound in after the Title Page, I think in error, and the edition details on the title page indicate the illustrations are in colour, and in this edition they are not.

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Contents: Blank end-paper, Half Title, verso blank, Title Page, Verso blank, facing page blank, verso Frontispiece, facing page Letter The First, verso limitation (I suspect the number in blue ink is a later addition, it is too clumsy to be original) Pages 1-211 text. Complete with the 12 surreal and exotic Deco illustrations by an Unknown artist.

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NOTE: The Print Decorations used to space the illustrations are not from this title.

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The illustrations

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This title is available as trade against my Paris Olympia Press wants


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