Jean Fort was a prolific producer of erotica, under a variety of imprints, his Collection des Orties Blanches (White Nettles), was specifically dedicated to sado- masochistic story lines. Fort produced a very large number of titles under this imprint, between 1920-1939, illustrated by various artists.
This is the one of a short series of listings featuring” Orties Blanches”, titles from the 1930’s which is rapidly evolving into the period of the greatest interest for me, primarily because of the style and content of the illustrations across a wide range of competing publishing houses, and also of the artists themselves and the mystery surrounding the identity of particular individuals. This is different in that the artist has an identity, working under the name “Fontana”, was Leo Fontan, French illustrator. Born September 23, 1884 in Donchery (Ardennes). Died June 26, 1965 in Annecy (Savoie). Painter of genre scenes, portraits, cityscapes, interiors, watercolorist, pasterelliste, decorator. He was a pupil of Luc-Olivier Merson, Léon Bonnat, Fernand Carman. Based in Paris, he regularly exhibited at the Salon of French Artists, of which he was member, and the Comedians Show. He won the Prix Alumni Bonnat in 1936, a silver medal in 1944. He was awarded Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
I have had to crop down the image for the cover and title page as a flattened image was impossible, because of the binding of the book.
Enjoy the absolutely stunning illustrations.
This original title is available for trade against my Paris Olympia Press wants.
Le Pensionnat de Madame Clerval
LENNOX, Daisy. —Le Penionnat de Madame Clerval. Paris: Collection des Orties Blanches, 1933. , 256 pp., 16 engraved plates by “Fontana” Printed by Imp Brussiére. 28/07/1933.
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