Sometimes you just get lucky, and I did with this one, I have been considering purchasing this for a long time, but had been put off by the description which stated that two of the eleven plates called for had been excised, leaving nine, eventually I thought I would make an offer on it because nine plates sounded OK and the book is very rare. My plan was to list it here and make my usual plea (nearly always ignored) for anyone who has a copy to get in touch and copy scans of the missing plates.
Well the book arrived and I opened it and it is very nice indeed, I noticed immediately that the plates are fixed in the book in a strange fashion, with just stubs instead of a full double leaf, this could of , I suppose given the impression that pages had been cut out, but more to the point when I counted the plates there were 11, of this I was certain because I ran out of fingers when I counted and had to utilise an extra digit to make the eleven (don’t ask).
A clandestine publication but completely revealed as the title above gives evidence to.
Re-bound in marbled boards in quarter leather, spine with title , author and date in gilt. with original card covers preserved.
Au bord du lit. Stances.: Vérineau, Alexandre de [d.i. Louis Perceau].
Illustrées de onze eaux-fortes originales par Lucas. O [d.i. |Luc Lafnet|].
Published by Erotopolis, à l’Enseigne des Bacchantes [d.i. Paris, Maurice Duflou], 1927.,
39 pages and | 11 plates with original etchings. One of 350 numbered copies (total of 360), which were not in the trade. Rare work, which, through the pseudonyms used, only betrayed the true authorship and origin of connoisseurs. Luc Lafnet, also under pseudonym, created the 11 erotic representations.
Back and spine (bound in)
Special Edition: NOUS DEUX – simples papiers du tiroir secrets, par Nelly et Jean, curiosa attribué à Marcel VALOTAIRE et illustré par l’artiste lyonnais Jean DULAC. Clandestine publication 1929
Books for Trade: LES SONNETS LUXURIEUX DU DIVIN ARÉTIN., Pour un Groupe de Bibliophiles. n.d.n.p