Books for Trade: ‎[Berthommé – Saint-André (Louis-André)]‎ ‎Ma vie secrète.‎ ‎Londres (Paris), s.n. (Marcel Seheur), 1885 (1932)

Another little gem, a clandestine title from the 1930’s a French edition of My Secret Life , originally published in English probably by Brancart in 1890, the first French edition appeared in 1923 this was parts of volume one and two, of the English edition, published by Maurice Duflou, this was turned into three illustrated volumes for the current listing. The full version of the English text was finally translated into French by Mathias Pauvert, and published by Stock in 1994.

I am fairly confident that this is the first time all of the illustrations and headings and tailpieces have all been displayed in one go, not without controversial elements, I hope you enjoy them.


Volume 1

Anon: –  ‎Ma vie secrète.‎ Londres (Paris), s.n. (Marcel Seheur), 1885 (1932); 3 volumes in original pink card, illustrated covers with, half titles, titles and frontispieces for each volume; continuous pagination, pp 403, 26 free lithographs inset, watercolor stenciled and brush, many drawings, headers and free lamp-ends drawn in bistre, drawing repeated in the three covers drawn in bistre, by the painter Berthommé-Saint-André.

Frontis


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Chapter One


Chapter Two



Chapter Three


Chapter Four



Chapter Five



Chapter Six



Chapter Seven



Chapter Eight



Volume 2


Frontis


Title Page

Chapter Nine



Chapter Ten



Chapter Eleven



Chapter 12



Chapter Thirteen



Chapter Fourteen



Chapter Fifteen



 

Volume 3


Frontis


Title Page

Chapter Sixteen



Chapter Seventeen



Chapter Eighteen



Chapter Nineteen



Chapter 20



Chapter Twenty One



Chapter Twenty Two



Chapter Twenty Three



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See Also

Books for Trade: Louys, Pierre. Pibrac. Quatrains érotiques. Sans lieu, Aux dépens d’un Amateur pour le profit des quelques autres [i.e. Paris, Télin?], 1933 [1934]

MES ÉTAPES AMOUREUSES [par] E. D. Imprimé pour les Colporteurs Gascons [Paris , Marcel Sehuer] c. 1935].

 

Books for Trade: HUGUES, Clovis: ODE A VENUS. ODE AU VAGIN. Poème inédit. Domrémy, A l’Enseigne de la Pucelle, s.d. (vers 1933) [Paris, Maurice Duflou]

 

 

Yet another stunning example from the golden age of erotica, a clandestine title from Duflou, with input from Perceau. This presented scanning problems, as the book is rebound with original covers bound in, so it was not always possible to get the images flat on the scanner bed, unfortunately there is not much to be done about this.

The book is interesting on a number of counts, as yet again this is a Briffaut publication which appears to have variant editions in the same limitations, in this case my copy has colour illustrations, all other copies I have traced have the illustrations in black only, I had a similar experience with my Briffaut copy of L’Anti Justine.

The most interesting point for me however is the anonymous illustrator of this title, which I believe to be the mysterious “Wighead”, I would welcome any comments on this possibility.

And for those among you that have an interest in books rather than just images, this copy has some damp staining in the guttering, and I would welcome any information on the possibility of treating this.


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HUGUES, Clovis: ODE A VENUS. ODE AU VAGIN. Poème inédit.Domrémy,

A l’Enseigne de la Pucelle, s.d. (vers 1933) [Paris, Maurice Duflou]

1 volume in-8 (22 x 16.5 cm), paperback, 69- (1) pages. 10 photo-gravures inset in colour. Cream cover printed in red and black with two initials for the letters Q and V. The cover modestly bears the title Ode to Venus while the title page clearly indicates Ode to Vagina. Rebound copy with original covers bound in.

This volume contains a note on the author signed Jean Tiretta, the facsimile of the last page of the manuscript signed Klau-Vizuq, the Ode to Vagina, a notice on the Ode to Piron Priory by Helpey (Louis Perceau) , Ode to Priapus and The Seven Beatitudes.

With regard to Clovis Hugues (1851-1907), Aristide Briand wrote: “There were in him Beranger, Camille Desmoulins and Tartarin of Tarascon”. In other words: communard, freemason, socialist, poet; it was all this in turn and at once. The Ode to the Vagina dates from 1906. One knows nothing about the illustrator of this beautiful edition out of the presses of Maurice Duflou.Reference: Dutel, Bibliography of erotic works published clandestinely in French between 1920 and 1970, no. 2078.


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See also (reference other titles illustrated by Wighead)

Books for Trade: Jim Galding: Unter dem Hintern einer Frau Eros Publishing Hamburg n.d. (1980?) illustrated by Wighead, being a German translation of “Sous la Croupe Feminine” (1936)

The Search for Wighead, a comparison of artists and publishers.

Also type Wighead into my searchbar.

See also (for reference to Briffaut)

Books for Trade: Special Edition, L’Anti-Justine ou les delices de l’amour. Nouvelle edition entierement revue et corrigee, etablie pour la premiere fois sur le texte original de 1798. Precede d’une notice bibliographique par Helpey [d. i. L. Perceau.]

 

Books for Trade: Louys, Pierre. Pibrac. Quatrains érotiques. Sans lieu, Aux dépens d’un Amateur pour le profit des quelques autres [i.e. Paris, Télin?], 1933 [1934]

 

 

Having apparently wasted a significant amount of cash on a new scanner, which claimed to be a book scanner, I find myself using my 12 year old Canon Lide 110 yet again as it is much easier to use and causes less harm to the books than the new model.

Also having had a major clear out on eBay, I am sadly coming to the conclusion that eBay is not really a valid outlet for auctions, unless you want to give the books away, I did however make enough to buy the above mentioned scanner (bad decision) and this wonderfully rare title listed below.


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Louys, Pierre. Pibrac. Quatrains érotiques. Sans lieu, Aux dépens d’un Amateur pour le profit des quelques autres [i.e. Paris, Télin?], 1933 [1934]. Grand in-8. 77 pp. et 20 planches avec eaux-fortes en deux couleurs,et une autre suite en noir avec des croquis d’artistes. Broché, couverture recouverte en peluche verte avec vignette imprimée en argent. Un des 280 exemplaires numérotés sur ‘vélin d’Arches’ (en total 308). L’artiste « inconnu » est Berthommé Saint-André (selon Dutel). Les eaux-fortes sont d’un caractère très libre et réaliste. Le texte imprimé en vert/noir avec 4 dessins et culs-de-lampe érotiques. Cette édition, manifiquement illustrée, se trouve rarement dans le commerce. Les catalogues pour curiosa de Drouot et Simonson ne répertorie aucun exemplaire ; seul la vente « Pierre Louys » chez Drouot 1994 mentionne ce titre.Dutel 2198. Pia 1118. Monod 7425

 

Louys, Pierre. Pibrac. Erotic quatrains. Without place, At the expense of an Amateur for the benefit of the few others [i.e. Paris, Télin?], 1933 [1934]. Large in-8. 77 pp. and 20 plates with etchings in two colors and another suite in black with artists sketches . Paperback, cover covered in green plush with embossed in silver. One of the 280 copies numbered on ‘vellum of Arches’ (in total 308). The artist “unknown” is Berthommé Saint-André (according to Dutel). The etchings are of a very free and of realistic character. The text printed in green / black with 4 drawings and erotic lamp-ends. This edition, manifestly illustrated, is rarely found in the trade. The catalogs for curiosa of Drouot and Simonson does not list any specimens; only the sale “Pierre Louys” at Drouot 1994 mentions this title.  Dutel 2198. Pia 1118. Monod 7425



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See Also

Books for Trade: GAMIANI , edite par une groupe des bibliophiles [S.I., n.p., n.d. c.1948].?

 

Books for Trade: BLACKEYES, Sadie (Pierre Mac Orlan) Petite Dactylo. Roman. Suivi de: Les belles clientes de M. Brozen; et du: Maitre d’Ecole; avec un choix de lettres concernant les faits curieux touchant la flagellaton des Misses et des Femmes. Published by Paris, Collection des Orties Blanches, 1933

 

I previously listed an earlier edition of this, which was altogether a more elaborate production, however there is one illustration in this edition that was different to the other so you get to see it again.

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BLACKEYES, Sadie (Pierre Mac Orlan) Petite Dactylo. Roman. Suivi de: Les belles clientes de M. Brozen; et du: Maitre d’Ecole; avec un choix de lettres concernant les faits curieux touchant la flagellaton des Misses et des Femmes.
Published by Paris, Collection des Orties Blanches, 1933

 

gr. in-8vo, 286 p., with 8 illustrations by G. Smit, original brochure. Under the feminine pseudonym of Sadie . Sadie Blackeyes was Pierre Dumarchey, that is to say Pierre Mac Orlan


The Illustrations


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This book live for sale on eBay

Petite Dactylo

See Also

Books for Trade:Daisy Lennox: Le Pensionnat de Madame Clerval; Collection des Orties Blanches 1933

 

Books for Trade: Anon [GROS, Johannes]: – Cydalise ou le péché dans le miroir; Illustré de huit eaux-fortes de T. Mertens. S. l. n. d. (1930)

Another clandestine title from the golden era of the 1930’s, and another illustrated by T. Mertens, whom I can still find nothing about. Also no idea about the publisher of this one, information on line is very scarce and this appears to be an extremely rare title. From the illustrations you can see why. In an effort to avoid messing with exposure, I scanned these in at 600 dpi, and I am happy with the result, the illustrations are exquisite and now among my favourites, I hope you enjoy them.


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[GROS, Johannes] – Cydalise ou le péché dans le miroir.
Illustré de huit eaux-fortes de T. Mertens. S. l. n. d..
In-8, 228 pp., 8 fig. Édition originale publiée au début des années 1930.


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See also

Books for Trade: Les chansons secrètes de Bilitis, nouvellement traduites sur le manuscrit de la Justinienne, suivies de “ Les filles de Loth”, “La femme à barbe ” de Guy de Maupassant,“ L’étudiant et la grisette” pièce en un acte de Henry Monnier,“ Le compendium érotique”,“ La ballade mythologique”—Aux dépens d’un amateur et des souscripteurs, Saint-Félicien-en-Vivarais, 1946,

 

Books for Trade: COMTESSE DE J… [Johannes GROS] – T. Mertens CONFESSIONS LIBERTINES. Orné de huit eaux-fortes de T. Mertens. Partout et nulle part [Imprimerie Darantière, Dijon, 1931]

Another delightful clandestine title from the 1930’s, and having recently confessed my ignorance of the identity of T. Mertens, (illustrator), I find myself listing a title that definitely is illustrated by him, but this unfortunately takes me no closer to identifying him or her. The illustrations are very delicate and do not scan well, I have therefore used enhanced exposure to clarify the images for display on the blog. In a recent  listing ” Françoise ou Les Plaisirs du mariage”;   I referenced  that the illustrator had been identified as either T.Mertens or Rojan, having compared the two I am not convinced that T.Mertens is the illustrator of that title. I have linked “Françoise ou Les Plaisirs du mariage”, at the bottom of the page so you can make your own judgement.


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COMTESSE DE J… [Johannes GROS] – CONFESSIONS LIBERTINES. Orné de huit eaux-fortes de T. Mertens.  Partout et nulle part N.D.  [Imprimerie Darantière, Dijon, 1931] pp.211.


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See Also

Books for Trade:Wanda de S…, Françoise; ou Les Plaisirs du mariage. Aux Allées des Roses n.d (1937)

Books for Trade: GAMIANI , edite par une groupe des bibliophiles [S.I., n.p., n.d. c.1948].?

 

Books for Trade: [Gabriel Honoré Riquetti, comte de MIRABEAU] L’ADAM LASCIF OU LETTRES A LA MARQUISE. Au Carquois d’Argent, s.d. [vers 1950]

Another late clandestine title c  1950, and another unusual one for me in that it is what I rather rudely refer to as “a book in a box”, that very French production of loose leaves in sheets, in a folder, however I must admit that the few of this type that I have dealt with are an absolute dream to scan in, and without any stress to the book as is the case with a standard bound book. This is a very lovely item and was simply too good to allow it to get away, because of the nature of the production there are rather a lot of images, and I hope you enjoy them.

Edition published around 1950 , adorned with 19 free engravings (dry tips) of Gaston Barret drawn in black, of which 10 hors-texte and 9 bandeaux. Vignettes on wood drawn in bistre at the head of each letter. The work was seized by order of the Court of Assizes of Paris of May 29, 1956. This epistolary work attributed to Mirabeau the son, author of the Erotica Biblion, is composed of 9 letters addressed to a marquise. The gallant and free tone of the text fits perfectly with the deliberately furious and erotic illustration given here by Gaston Barret.


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L’Adam lascif ou Lettre à la marquise, attribué à Mirabeau. Edition clandestine illustrée par Gaston Barret (1950). 19 pointes sèches érotiques. Tirage à 250 exemplaires. Rare. [Gabriel Honoré Riquetti, comte de MIRABEAU] L’ADAM LASCIF OU LETTRES A LA MARQUISE. Avec des figures finement gravées pour animer par l’image ces billets fort galamment troussés. Au Carquois d’Argent, s.d. [vers 1950] 1 volume in-4 (25 x 19,5 cm), en feuilles, sous couverture rempliée imprimée en gris et bleu, étui carton de l’éditeur.


Frontis


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See Also

Books for Trade: L’initiation amoureuse Illustrations originales par un artiste célèbre (Suzanne Ballivet) Buenos-Ayres, pour les amis de l’artiste, 1943 [i.e.Paris, Georges Guillot, vers 1950]

 

Books for Trade:Wanda de S…, Françoise; ou Les Plaisirs du mariage. Aux Allées des Roses n.d (1937)

I feel that I have been neglecting you all, but with clearing books out for eBay, and getting other items ready for auction I have been somewhat preoccupied. But here is a little treat for all of you and from my favourite period, the pre-WW 2 decade. This is a very nice Clandestine title with some debate about the illustrator, who it is proposed is either Rojan or T.Mertens, I must say I am not convinced of Rojan, but as I have no idea who T. Mertens is what do I know? Any guidance on this would be appreciated.



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Wanda de S.
Françoise ou Les Plaisirs du mariage
In original card cover with printed in blue, pp.225, 10 heliogravures on copper hors-texte on vellum. Original edition of a clandestine pornographic novel, published about 1937 and printed on the presses of Darantière, Dijon, under a fanciful name (Dutel, 1605). In a circulation of 600 copies reserved for the numbered subscribers to the composter. Copy No. 380, on vellum. Some attribute the free compositions to Rojan, the illustrator of Spring Idyll, or T. Mertens.

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See also the title below is live at auction.

https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/13663631

And on this site

Books for Trade: Diana Slip, Lingeries Libertines, No 1 September 1933. 9 Rue Richepanse Paris

Books for Trade: Anon: ‎Voluptés par une convaincue‎ .”Mon livre secret” Sans date, circa 1938.

Another clandestine title and a very odd one, the only reference I can find for this one is a brief listing of another copy as follows lists it as  ‎a numbered edition with 10 illustrations inserted, which this one also has, with a date of 1938 and referenced at Dutel 2642. It may well be that the illustrations are tipped in in other copies , but in mine they are pasted in over text, you can lift the image to read the text, but this is the first time I have found this odd practice. The illustrations are well executed and possibly controversial, I would have guessed this as a post war production, but bow to Mr Dutel’s superior knowledge. Could almost be an Isou- Losfeld.

So as always if anyone can shed any more light, do complete a contact form. On which subject the first image appears to have an exposure problem (in more than one way) not my doing that is how it looks and all the images are flat scanned, with no exposure adjustment.


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‎Voluptés par une convaincue‎

Voluptés par une convaincue‎ .”Mon livre secret” Sans date, circa 1938.  pp 157, with 10 explicit illustrations pasted in over text, Number 83/250. In original French wraps with grubby pale blue paper jacket printed in black. (Dutel 2642)

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SEE ALSO

Books for Trade: -M.Belobeck, Saisi par le Debauche n.d n.p [1958 , Paris?] Clandestine (Losfeld

Books For Trade: Chants Bibliques de Pierre Louys AU TEMP des JUGES: Aux Depens d’un Amateur 1933

Here we go again into the mire of clandestine publishing. There are 2 versions of this title, both clandestine as referenced by Pat Kearney this copy appears to be a Piracy of the first edition, it is however a very good production complete with the 12 illustrations attributed to Andre Collot. You will note that the Title Page dates the book as 1933, whilst the facing page claims that it was printed on the 30th July 1930, whilst it was likely to have actually been produced in 1935. I hope that is clear.


 

AU TEMP des JUGES – Chants Bibliques de Pierre Louys. [?Paris:] Aux dépens d’un amateur, 1933 [1935?]. 4to. pp. 64. Limited to 175 copies


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SEE ALSO

Books for Trade: Mémoires de Fanny Hill. Traduit de ;anglais par Isidore Liseux. BECAT (Paul-Emile)]. CLELAND (John). (n.p., n.d., c. 1940)