Your Assistance Required: A bibliographical mystery
Something of an experiment this bit, but anyone who has read any of my stuff will see that I like a bit of historical context around my books. However given the nature of clandestine publishing, sometimes this is difficult, I don’t have access to all the reference material and rely heavily on my pal Pat Kearney to fill the gaps, but below is one that we are both stumped on. Any one who can enlighten me as to the origin please message me.
Recently purchased on eBay on a whim, The Autobiography of a Flea: Paris. The Erotica Biblion Association 167 pages
When it arrived I mailed Pat K:-
Well it has arrived and don’t know what to say really, it is as appears below, with the wrapper over plain paper covers, it does have a sticker inside the fly leaf that looks suspiciously Japanese, so I expect you are correct about its origins. The title page is identical to the cover and there are 167 pages. The print job looks good and it is on quite heavy paper. No other clues that I can identify.Let me know if you want any more information
Pat’s response, after confirming he can find no bibliographical reference:-
Odd edition you got of the “Flea” book. It looks like nothing I’ve
ever seen before.
I’m really not expecting it to be anything other than a late piracy, but intrigued by the mystery, anyone got any ideas?