Books for Trade: Ophelia Press Paris. A short list of duplicate titles.

With a number of new items coming into the collection, it is time to list the rest of my Olympia Press duplicates, and remind everyone of all the others already listed, Over the 4 month lifetime of this blog it has become fairly obvious that there is little interest in the Olympia Press titles, primarily I suspect because they lack illustrations, however given that the stated purpose of the site is to assist in completing my collection of Paris Olympia Press titles, I shall get back on task occasionally.  And so to that end I am featuring a very short list of Paris Ophelia Press imprints, you will sometimes see these titles listed by dealers as competitors to the Paris Olympia Press, when they are in fact a sub series.Sometimes noted as the poor relative of the Traveller’s Companion Series, if they have a common theme, it is that flagellation features strongly in nearly all in this series, my own collection of these titles is complete, barring the elusive “Springtime in Paris” linked at the bottom of this page.

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.


As always these titles are available to trade against my Paris Olympia press wants.


6.12.2 LUST Count Palmiro Vicarion [Christopher Logue] 1959 [c.1965?]

Lust Ophelia Press Paris_0004

COUNT | PALMIRO VICARION | LUST | OPHELIA PRESS Collation: 224 pp.  1 – LUST 148. 17.3 x 10.8 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] LUST, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | The Ophelia Press Books are published by | The Olympia Press, 7 rue St. Séverin, Paris 5. | Copyright by Olympia Press, 1959. pp. 7-218, text. p. [219] Printed May 1959 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1959 . pp. [220-224] blank.

Lust Ophelia Press Paris_0001

Binding: Pale tan wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with the body of the book. [Front cover; within a vertical three-line oblong frame:] COUNT | PALMIRO VICARION | LUST | [outside frame, at foot of cover:] OPHELIA PRESS.

Lust Ophelia Press Paris_0002

[Spine; author and imprint printed horizontally across head and foot, and title lettered vertically up spine between them:] COUNT | PALMIRO | VICARION [-] LUST [-] OPHELIA | PRESS.

Lust Ophelia Press Paris_0003

[Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] [price in bold] FRS. 18 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.K. OR U.S.A. Notes: (1) A photo-offset reproduction of the first printing, and identical in all respects to it except for the printed price increase on the back wrapper and the visibly darker and inferior quality of the printing. It is dated c.1965 because it is priced the same as titles in the series known to be printed in 1965 (see 6.19.3, 6.20.2). No border on title page.

5 copies 4 Very Good 1 Good.


6.10.1 INIQUITY Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson]

Iniquity Ophelia Press Paris_0004

[c1957?] ROBERT DESMOND | INIQUITY | OPHELIA PRESS | PARIS Collation: 224 pp. No signatures, but [1-14]8. 17.5 x 110.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] INIQUITY, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by Ophelia Press. pp. 7-221, text. pp. [222] blank. p. [223]  « L’IMPRIMERIE DE LA SEINE » | 5, RUE GIT-LE-COEUR -PARIS VIe. p. [224] blank.

Iniquity Ophelia Press Paris_0001

Binding: Pale tan wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with the body of the book. [Front cover; within a vertical three-line oblong frame:] ROBERT DESMOND | INIQUITY | [outside frame, at foot of cover:] OPHELIA PRESS.

Iniquity Ophelia Press Paris_0002

[Spine; the author and imprint lettered horizontally across head and foot and title lettered vertically up spine:] ROBERT | DESMOND [-] INIQUITY [-] OPHELIA | PRESS.

Iniquity Ophelia Press Paris_0003

[Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] FRS. 1.200 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.S.A. OR U.K.

Notes: (1) The printer of this edition would seem to have been Bronislaw Kaminsky, aka Bruno Durocher (1919-1996) who founded Éditions Caractères in 1950 and had print shops at 5 rue Gît-le-Coeur, rue de la Harpe and rue Hautefeuille. During the mid- to late 50s and early 60s a large number of English-language pornographic novels under various imprints unrelated to the Olympia Press emanated from these addresses, and as will be seen from the Introduction, The Castle of the End of Love, the chronologically unofficial first Ophelia Press volume, was printed by Durocher.

1 Copy in only fair condition (rare in this edition)

6.10.2 INIQUITY Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson]

Iniquity Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0001

[c.1965?] Binding: [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:]

Iniquity Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0002

FRS. 18 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.K. OF U.S.A. Notes: A photo-offset reproduction of the first printing, and identical in all respects to it except for the printed price increase on the back wrapper and the visibly darker and inferior quality of the printing. It is dated c.1965

One copy Good.


6.17.2 UNDER THE BIRCH [THE ENGLISH GOVERNESS]

Under the Birch Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0006

Miles Underwood [John Glassco], 1965 MILES UNDERWOOD | UNDER | THE | BIRCH | The Story | of an English Governess | OPHELIA PRESS Collation: 192 pp. GOVERNESS 1 – GOVERNESS 128. 17.4 x 11.4 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] UNDER | THE | BIRCH, reverse blank. p. [5] title. as above. p. [6] Printed in France | by Imprimerie G. Frère, Tourcoing, June 1960. | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1960. | New printing by Imprimerie Grou Radenez, 1965. | Copyright © by The Olympia Press, 1960, 1965. | [rule] | Ophelia Press books are published by | The Olympia Press, 7, rue Saint-Séverin, Paris-5e.ř pp. 7-186, text. p. 187 THE END. pp. [188-192] blank.

Under the Birch Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0001

Binding: Pale tan wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with the body of the book. [Front cover; within a vertical three-line oblong frame:] MILES UNDERWOOD | UNDER | THE | BIRCH | The Story | of an | English Governess | [outside frame, at foot of cover:] OPHELIA PRESS.

Under the Birch Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0003

[Spine; author and imprint printed horizontally across head and foot, and title lettered vertically up spine between them:] MILES | UNDERWOOD [-] UNDER THE BIRCH [-] OPHELIA | PRESS.

Under the Birch Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0005

[Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 18

One Copy Very Good


6.4.2 THE SHE-DEVILS Peter Lewys [Pierre Louÿs], 1965

The She Devils Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0004

PETER LEWYS | THE | SHE-DEVILS | OPHELIA PRESS | PARIS Collation: 272 pp. Perfect bound; obsolete signatures from first edition retained. 17.4 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | SHE-DEVILS, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright © by The Olympia Press 1965. pp. 7-[267], text. p. [268] blank. p. [269] GROU-RADENEZ, PARIS. pp. [270-272] blank.

The She Devils Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0001

Binding: Pale tan wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with the body of the book. [Front cover; within a vertical three-line oblong frame:] PETER LEWYS | THE | SHE-DEVILS | [outside frame, at foot of cover:] OPHELIA PRESS.

The She Devils Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0002

[Spine; author and imprint printed horizontally across head and foot, and title lettered vertically up spine between them:] PETER | LEWYS [-] THE SHE-DEVILS [-] OPHELIA | PRESS.

The She Devils Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0003

[Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 18.

One copy Very Good (stain to back cover)


6.22.2 WHIPS INCORPORATED Angela Pearson [John Millington-Ward],

Whips Incorporated Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0004

1965 ANGELA PEARSON | WHIPS | INCORPORATED | OPHELIA PRESS Collation: 216 pp. Gatherings as for 4.20.1, but first and last two printed signatures omitted. 17.5 x 10.8 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [i,ii] blank. p. [1] WHIPS INCORPORATED, reverse blank. p. [3] title, as above. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | by S.I.P., Monteruil, forhe [sic] Olympia Press | 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris, July 1960 | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1960 | New printing by Imprimerie Grou-Radenez, | Paris, July 1965. | [rule] | Copyright © by The Olympia Press, 1960, 1965. p. [5] To the uninitiated | reader it must be admitted | at once that the ecstasy of | the whip is experienced | mainly by the one who | uses it… | It is not by any means | uncommon, however, for | the victim to rise above | his agony, as it were, and | soar up into a similar | ecstasy. | Angela Pearson | London-Paris, 1960. p. [6] blank. pp. 7-209, text. p. [210] blank. p. [211] THE END. p. [212-214] blank.

Whips Incorporated Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0001

Binding: Pale tan wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with the body of the book. [Front cover; within a vertical three-line oblong frame:] ANGELA PEARSON | WHIPS | INCORPORATED | [outside frame, at foot of cover:] OPHELIA PRESS.

Whips Incorporated Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0002

[Spine; author and imprint printed horizontally across head and foot, and title lettered vertically up spine between them:] ANGELA | PEARSON [-] WHIPS INCORPORATED [-] OPHELIA | PRESS.

Whips Incorporated Ophelia Press Paris 1965_0003

[Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 18.

2 Copies 1FINE 1 Very Good


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