Pleased to announce that, I have obtained a small selection of 4 of the seven titles, written and published by Jean Vergerie, under the La Collection de l’Églantine. imprint.
For which detailed history and creative text, will be provided by my good friend Christophe Bier.
Also coming soon but a much larger project, is the listing and detailed imagery of some 60 Charles Carrington publications, which will be listed in brief as Books for Trade, But will be the basis for my New Collection for Bibliophiles, for which access to, will require a subscription.
The contents of this collection include both openly published and clandestine titles, many illustrated, by the Likes of Van Maele, Avril, Fredillo, as well classical illustrators.
Many copies in mint unopened condition, and a significant number ,where previous description were from “catalogue only”, including some wonderfully decorated examples of the printers, and bookbinders art of the late Victorian period, as well the inimitable engravings of Eugene d’Ete.
There will also be a supplement to this of a small collection of works published by Isidore Liseux, Augustine Brancart, Jules Gay, and Henry Kistaemackers.
Supplementary information and collection history provided by Michael Neale, and bibliographical information courtesy of S.A. Perry.
Finally I am going to link my existing listings with illustrations by Van Maele and add significant others by him to another New Collection, again with the kind support of S.A Perry.
Les Tyrans Passionelle the definitive edition?
Carlo needs no introduction, to the initiated, his original editions are amongst the most collectible , in the genre, his fantastic, and outrageous art, has been collected since they were first printed, both art collectors and book collectors have competed to own the original illustrations, in many cases denuding the books of the accomanying images.A complete original with the equally bizarre text they were originally designed to embellish, is a rare thing indeed!
This particular title is, sometimes referenced as an example of the artists transformation into “Charleno”, an apparent alternative identity, this I think is just part of the publishers hype, and the confusing propaganda, which goes with the territory of the selling of such material.
For me this title is in fact, the transition point at which the art became the primary product, and the book the vehicle with which to promote it.
[CARLO]. DESERGY, René-Michel. Les Tyrans Passionnels. Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne Réunies, 1935. In original publishers paper covers, printed in red and black. Spine(repaired with minor loss), author, title, prix 70 Frs, and publisher, in red and black printed horizontally. (25,2 x 17 cm) 266 pages.Many uncut gatherings, contents in very good, near fine condition, unread copy.
Complete wih the full set of 13 superb heliogravures, from Aquarelles by “du Maitre Carlo”.some light makings to a few images, not impacting on the illustrations, a combined set of formerly tipped in, now loose illustrations, but all originals and likely the only way to obtain the full 13, as i cannot locate any sale record of any edition with the full 13, rarely even 12, impossibly rare and a possibly, a unique copy.
THE FINAL THREE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON APPLICATION
Les Jeux du Plaisir et de la Volupté par une Femme du Monde, avec 16 illustrations.ANONYME [Johannes GROS]
Published by Paris, Au boudoir secret, (Briffaut) (1906).1906 [i.e. circa 1936] 1 volume in-8 (19.5 x 13 cm), paperback, 248- (1) pages. 16 illustrations in black inset. Printed cover in color. Volume in very good condition. Reference: Dutel, Bibliography of erotic works published clandestinely between 1920 and 1970, n ° 1795, indicates: “Original edition published around 1936. It is decorated with 16 illustrations.The book comes out of Darantière presses in Dijon, as does the sequel , “Confessions Libertines ” The advertised print is 600 copies on tinted vergé and 25 copies on vellum Arches. This one, 1 of 600 copies on tinted laid. Very good copy of this book sympathetically illustrated (The illustrations have remained anonymous but are in the style of Luc Lafnet). Very explicit pornographic text.
Another major player in the 1930’s flagellation market, along with Orties Blanches, were Les Editions Couvre-Feu, followed by Le Jardin d’Eros, distinctly different in that the contents and illustrations were more twisted and aimed at torture and humiliation, unlike the titles issued by Editions Prima, which always seem to have smiling faces , no matter what act of depravity is taking place, the characters in these editions seem to be taking it a bit more seriously. I have extensive listings of titles from Vidal house imprints I will attempt to update the links to make it easier to group them. This is one of my Rescued Books. Lacking original cover and one of the illustrations both of which are present in facsimile, in this listing but physically absent from the actual book.
Books for Trade: Jim Galding; Gitanes Dominatrices ou Les Voluptes Infernales; Le Jardin d’Eros, 6 rue de Tracy Paris (2e)n.d.(1935).11of12, extraordinary illustrations in colour by an unsigned artist, who is clearly the same artist who illustrated “La Fesseuse Passionnée”, linked below . This copy rebound in sturdy practical boards. original covers not retained. 239 pp, text complete and overall condition good plus, lacking one of the illustrations, a facsimile of which is provided in the listing. Limited Edition.
The description below is by Christophe Bier, from the marvelous “Les Éditions du Couvre-Feu”, published by editions Astarte in 2013, where it can be found on page 143
I am embarking on a short list, of titles which are all , what I refer to as rescued books, this is because although the general condition is at best Fair to Good, they are such rare titles that their importance outweighs any consideration of condition.
R. de B. Voluptueux souvenirs ou Le Souper des douze. Pour la bibliothèque des “Disciples d’Éros” [Maurice Duflou], Romainville. [Paris]1927. Contents 143 pp ,Rebound in red boards. Original frontcover, preserved. 12 B&W inset illustrations by Achille Devéria, reproduced in half-print and drawn in bistre on coated paper. Specifications : In-4 ecu. Book reserved for subscribers only and not for the trade. Edition limited to only 350 copies, this one being no 215/350, on paper Pur Fil Lafuma.
Notes : This work was written to accompany two series of engravings by Devéria: The Five Senses and The Seven Deadly Sins .
Back at last and with an interesting and puzzling edition, which has little in the way of background material to research, there are a few auction records, but as yet I have not found a record of a copy with all the illustrations. The information I can offer is lifted from : Martin Van Maele: An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist by S. A. Perry which is available on line and linked at the base of the page.
The present copy is, as often is the case with my books, incomplete, having 10 of the 12 illustrations called for, consisting of the frontispiece and 9 engraved plates, as always I request your assistance with ” filling the gaps”, so if anyone has copy of the illustrations required to complete the set, I would be happy to post them on this listing and credit the donor.
Update. 01/06/2020. My thanks to Kyle Strom, for directing me to Luc Binet’s: “Martin Van Maele: ou le diable se cache dans les détails (catalogue raisonné)”, and especially for providing a copy of an image missing from the present volume.
An image I had thought might me the mysterious 12th plate, turned out to be listed in an auction of yet another clandestine edition from 1905 with the artist credited as Fredillo. I am cautious about such matters as I am aware of at least one other title where Van Maele illustrations had been accredited to Fredillo. To avoid confusion I will return to this under a separate post.
Despite the grand claim to be published as part of the series,I cannot locate any other titles in this series by this publisher and given that Mitylene is an ancient archaeological site on Lesbos, we have the ingredients that identify this as a clandestine publication .In this case the publisher is Georges Briffaut, who used the Mitylene location with a number of other descriptors as his clandestine cover, for a small number of titles. With thanks again to S.A Perry, I can offer the following information:- The Leonhardt copy contains a frontispiece + 10 engravings, the Faur copy contains 10 of the 12 etchings, and the Perceau copy contains 11 of the 12 engravings. From the cover: Nouvelle entref illustrée de douze plances hors–texte à l’eau–forte de A. Van Troizem . Briffaut previously published a unique edition in Paris in 1910. Square 8vo. 222pp. Printed on Japon Impérial paper with 41 original watercolors, full page and in-text, by Van Maele. Carrington published an English translation in 1901 titled Correspondence Between Two Young Parisian Ladies . Poulet–Malassis originally published this title in 1868 [although possibly earlier according to Pia 704]
In my opinion the illustrations here, owe a significant debt to those produced by Avril for the 1905 Clandestine Hirsch edition. Listed elsewhere on this site and linked below.
Un été à la Campagne LE CHEFS-D’ŒUVRES DE LA LITÉRATURE GALANTE | [rule] | CORRESPONDANCE | DE DEUX JEUNES PARISIENNES | RECUEILLIE PAR | UN AUTEUR À MODE | [decoration] | À MITYLÈNE | CHEZ LES LIBRAIRIES ASSOCIÉS (Briffaut)  8vo. (19.3 x 14.2 cm). 186 pp. 10 of 12 hors-texte etchings done in black by Van Troizem, (Martin van Maele). In original publishers card covers printed in red and black, general wear to covers , contents loose and shaken, the illustrations originally tipped in and indexed with roman numerals are now loose.
Another Carrington title that doesn’t, qualify as erotica in the strictest sense, it is however, a great rarity and particularly interesting in its association context.
Octave Mirbeau (16 February 1848 – 16 February 1917) was a French novelist, art critic, travel writer, pamphleteer, journalist, and playwright, who achieved celebrity in Europe and great success among the public, while still appealing to the literary and artistic avant-garde with highly transgressive novels that explored violence, abuse and psychological detachment. His work has been translated into thirty languages.
His two most noted novels are, ” Le Jardin des supplices” (Torture Garden (1899) and “Le Journal d’une femme de chambre” (Diary of a Chambermaid) (1900), the present volume is the first English translation of Le Journal d’une femme de chambre, published by Charles Carrington in 1903 entitled “The Diary of a Lady’s Maid”.
Octave Mirbeau The Diary of a Lady’s Maid . Paris: Charles Carrington, 1903.
12 illustrations by Emile Mas, engraved by Eugène Dété. Rebound in publishers boards,original covers preserved. 20cm. viii + 504pp. Printed on fine paper. decorated with numerous chapter heading and endings, and capitals, From the library of Gershon Legman with a dedication signed by Charles Carrington to the engraver Eugène Dété.
Jean de La Beuque is probably the pseudonym of a French author who published sadomasochistic accounts from 1926 to 1930. The accounts published after 1931 are either re-editions of his texts or an unfinished work, completed by Alan Mac Clyde . The introductions to some publications contain notes from editors or Mac Clyde regarding La Beuque’s illness, recovery and death. Editions of texts published under the name of La Beuque in the 1950s are possibly texts previously published under a different title, unless the editor has contented himself with using the pseudonym of La Beuque for texts of a contemporary author.(some of these are written as La Beucque)
An interesting theory but more likely is I suspect that Mac Clyde was La Bueque, and killed this pseudonym off, for some reason, he did after all also write as Juana La Paz and Jane Spanking! and goodness knows who else?
La Beuque, Jean de: Femmes et corsaires, Amateur-Biblio,2 Ru Guisarde Paris (V1e),1931. Illustrations by G. Topfer.245 pages 14.5 x 23 cm.Imp primerie Le Moil & Pascaly, 88, Cours de Vincennes, Paris, 25 octobre 1931. In original Illustrated cover, 6 B&W illustrations on loose sheets. Very good condition previously taped at head and tail of spine, pages uncut, general aging to papers, Poor quality original production, with the exception of the loose illustrations which are on unusually thick glossy paper.
Reprint of the same title published by the same press in 1926, Kinsey (843.8 L12 f3 1926), hold a copy of the original edition but it is without illustrations, whether this is because they are absent, or this was an un-illustrated edition is not mentioned.
No one knows today who was behind the pseudonym Jean Vergerie. He is the author of 7 works published by Editions Balland in their Collection Eglantine between 1935 and 1938. The original editions were openly published, unlike this one, published clandestinely by Eric Losfeld in the mid-1950s. The original editions were also illustrated, and are now pretty much impossible to find. Anyone who has copies of the originals, who would like to donate images, please get in touch via a contact form.
These novels are all, without exception, erotic sado-masochistic tales of the worst or the best kind, depending on whether or not to consider Jean Vergerie as the worthy descendant of the Marquis de Sade in the twentieth century. Violence, torture, hellish machinery, monstrous, realistic or fantasized tales, everything is there to make these works the symbols of a literature apart in the production of this period.
VERGERIE, Jean, pseud. – Histoire de Priska. Éditions de la Hippogriffe [c. 1955]. 4to. pp. 154+(3).Pink cover printed in black. Copy in very good condition, light spotting to leading edge of front cover, rag paper. A reprint of L’Enfer des voluptés by Jean Vergerie, published by Collection de l’Eglantine, Boulogne-sur-Seine, 1937. The Losfeld reprint was Prosecuted in July 1962. – Bibliothèque Nationale: 8-Y2-90000(1264) Dutel 1702. (Rare)
Those of you who follow my blog regularly, may recall my referring to myself as a master of the incomplete. This is because i have to search far as wide to find books that are often unavailable at any price, this means I sometimes buy incomplete items so that I can record their existence, before they disappear forever. It is true to say that many of these titles may now be available as eBooks, however despite the name they quite simply are not books at all.
The present title is such an example, and as the saying goes ” You cant judge a book by its cover”, that is especially pertinent to this book because it doesn’t have one! Yes sadly the colour illustrated cover is missing, I purchased it as it is with a black and white facsimile of the original cover, because there is not another copy on sale anywhere in the world. Anything illustrated by Carlo is in high demand and sometimes collectors need to buy what is available, so as to have a copy until a better one comes along. As I do not collect these titles I must take what I can get, which means I can share the result with you. If anyone can provide a colour scan of the original cover, to enable me to complete the listing I would be extremely grateful, and give them a mention.
Many thanks to Joe Zinnato of Eros Archives for the colour scan of the cover.
Van Rowel, Désiré, L’Internat des châtiments, Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne réunies, 1933. 22.8 x 14.3 cm Paperback, 218- (2) pages. Saint-Denis Imprimerie J. Dardaillon 47 , Boulvard Jules-Guesde. 10 illustrations by Carlo on white glossy paper. Lacking the front cover. Extremely rare in any condition and the 10 superb illustrations are present.