A very rare clandestine, first edition by Momas under one of his many pseudonyms’, this unique copy is embellished with 4 erotic (risque?) illustrations that would have been added post publication, unable to locate this one in any sales records.
Little seems known of Momas, other than his dates and the titles of the many books he wrote. According to Martial Beauvais in the Dictionnaire des œuvres érotiques, Momas was a low-level civil servant attached to the Préfecture de la Seine, presumably at their headquarters on the Quai des Orfèvres, who became interested in mysticism toward the end of life. As a biography, these are slim pickings, but some tentative conclusions, of admittedly dubious significance,
may be arrived at based on the dates of his books.
By the time Momas’ earliest books appeared around 1891, he would have been about 45 years of age. Twenty-one years later his career as a pornographer was effectively over, after having published comfortably in excess of seventy separate works. The only other author in the field at the time who comes close this achievement is the equally mysterious ‘E. D.’ under which pseudonym almost twenty titles were published, all by Auguste Brancart at Amsterdam, between
1887 and 1899, but even this score may be in doubt.
For further information about this author and his titles see.
JOYEUSES ENFILADES, par Georges de Lesbos. Amsterdam: [?Auguste Brancart], 1895. Rebound in half brown leather over marbled boards, with author and title in gilt on spine, 175 pages, with 4 full page erotic illustrations inserted. Nice example of exceedingly rare title.
Another title currently up for auction on Catawiki.
Un été à la campagne : ,correspondance de deux jeunes parisiennes par un auteur à la mode.(Gustav Droz) Illustrated by Jean-Adrien Mercier (Jean d’Angers) Clandestine edition, falsely dated MDCCCLXVIII, (1928).
Rebound in quarter green leather with title and decoration in gilt on spine, original card covers bound in. Limited edition 218/280, with 12 hand coloured erotic illustrations. A very nice example with art deco style illustrations.
Returning after a long absence, I am going to experiment with posting items that will hopefully reawaken my interest in this blog and will encourage me to pay for another years subscription which I can ill afford. Since I last posted anything I have been rummaging through my collection and finding items to list, this one is currently up for auction on Catawiki, I hope you like it.
L’Anti-Justine ou Les délices de l’amour. Par M. LinguetAv. au et en Parlem.Restif de la Bretonne.
Published by Paris, Au Clos Bruneau, A l’enseigne de la Gargouille, o. J. [d.i. M. Duflou, 1923]., 1923, 278 pp. and 6 plates with explicit erotic heliogravures. 8vo. Original boards with title on cover in red and black and a small vignette (showing a little devil with a large erect penis). 100/ 140 numbered copies . This nice edition with very erotic illustrations printed on hand made paper has an introduction by Sylvestre Bonnard (i.e. Pierre Dufay). Boards a bit stained, some little tears at the margins, paper on spine partially torn. Inside paper time stained but not the plates.
Max des Vignons, Betty Passionnée. Orné de quatre eaux-fortes originales de G. Smit, Librairie Artistique Paris, 1923. In original publishers illustrated cover printed in blue and red. 199 pages + four loose illustrations. General wear to covers about good.
For the majority of my books for sale this is now my sole outlet. I had been listing most of the extremely rare flagellation material, such as the Select Bibliotheque, Collection L’Eglantine and the Carlo illustrated titles on eBay, unfortunately most of them have been deleted by eBay, and as I do not want to lose my account with them after nearly 20 years, I will not be listing this material on eBay in future. These books still appear on this site as Books for Sale, and I am happy to take any enquiries via the contact form.
Equally auction sales have been impacted because of post Brexit import duties from the UK to EU and I am gradually being squeezed for funding to source any new material.
I will resume listing on this site, although much of my remaining material is not illustrated. It seems likely that my adventure with this blog will end in the not too distant future, simply through lack of material. I will keep you updated.
I have had a number of people trying to contact me via my eBay listings, this tends to be problematic as eBay block all direct communication. If you want to contact me or buy direct please complete the Contact Form as attached below. Many Thanks, Steve.
Although normally cheaply produced , titles in this series enjoy profuse illustrations and this is no exception.
Van Rod, Aimé, Asmodée, Visites fantastiques au pays du fouet. Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne réunies. Paris 1922. Illustrated by G.Topfer
in original illustrated publishers card covers printed in red and blue. Illustrated cover, 1 frontispiece, 3 full page and many in-text illustrations in B&W, 4 color illustrations.223 pages. Certainly an obscure title and rare in original covers, a very nice copy only marred by light sporadic spotting throughout.
As mentioned elsewhere, the majority of flagellation novels avoided prosecution at the time they were published, only to become the focus of prosecution in the 1950’s.
Bécourt 75: Sentenced by the 10th Chamber Seine Correctional Court on 8 May 1950 and then by the Paris Court of Appeal 10th Chamber on 27 October 1953; sentenced by the 17th Chamber Correctional Court of the Seine on November 25, 1953 and by the Paris Court of Appeal 10th Chamber on June 9, 1954.
This one falls within the risqué category, and is worthy of listing because it is illustrated by Chéri Hérouard, and is in such outstanding condition.
Jacques Mauvain, Leurs Pantaloons, comment elles les portent, Jean Fort, Paris, 1923. In original publishers wraps with illustrated cover by Chéri Hérouard, original price of 15 Francs on spine, 255 pages with a frontispiece and 9 hors-text by Hérouard. Printed by Imp, Bon Vieux Temps, 12 rue de Chabrol, on the 29th December 1922, although the wraps appear to have been printed by P.Marmy. Atruly wonderful collection quality copy, uncut pages,unread copy.
Strictly speaking, not erotica, but certainly curiosa and having already listed the Carrington English translation, published as “Weird Women”, it seems fair to post this edition, especially as it features a great deal of nudity, composed by an outstanding artist that I have never featured before. Also worth note that this particular book is now live at auction on Catawiki and well worth bidding on.
Les Diaboliques , d’Aurevilly Barbey. Librairie de la Collection des dix (A Romagnol) nd (1910). Unique edition, printed especially for the Principe de San Faustino. Illustrated by Lobel Riche with 40 original signed illustrations hors-texte with artists embellishments. and 17 in text illustrations.
Spine in leather over red marbled boards, some tearing to inner edge of title page, and binding separating at back of book. light finger marking and spotting throughout. Overall about good. A Unique edition with some illustrations not in other copies of this edition.
Very pleased to be able to list this one, it is in wonderful condition but best of all offers more illustrations by the incomparable “Herric” ( Chéri Hérouard). This title will be listed immediately for sale on eBay, where currently many of my very rare titles are also listed. You can view these at the following link.
Liane Delorys, L’Écrin du rubis ou Les Délices des dessous, Au Cabinet du Livre [ Jean Fort ], 1939. In original publishers cream coloured card wraps, printed in red and black, 21 x 14 cm, Printed by E. Taffard, Bordeux 1939, 217 pages, with 10 illustrations in heliogravure by “Herric” ( Chéri Hérouard). Superb copy.