Books Wanted: Titles from The Odyssey Library Copenhagen.1963 (May 2017) Update

Back on to my favourite topic , which is the really rare titles. Something of a peripheral item, the books published or allegedly published, constitute an attempt by Maurice Girodias to avoid the attention of the French authorities, by shifting some of his editions to a Copenhagen printer. As Pat Kearney notes:-“Right up to the end, the French police were snapping at Girodias’s heels, and one of his last publishing efforts in Paris was to have six novels printed in Copenhagen, a desperate attempt to evade the authorities at home and launch a new series called The Odyssey Library. Despite the fact that censorship had been abolished in Denmark  not to mention the fact the books were in English the Danish authorities were somehow persuaded by their French counterparts to halt the operation. Most of these novels were later reprinted in New York by the Olympia Press, but copies of the Danish originals, which are amongst the scarcest of the books that Girodias published, do emerge from time to time.” (Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007) Index Numbers are the actual location of the description in the bibliography.

Now for the first time I have the 4 known titles in my possession at the same time, quite an event, well for me at least, this post gives all the available information on the titles in the series from Pat Kearney’s description below, we know that Whores, Queers and Others was prepared for publication in this series , as the later NY printing carries the distinctive Odyssey Library title page, as for Sextet no one seems to have any idea whether or not it was actually produced other than as the last title in the Paris Traveller’s Companion series.

So go on someone tell me that you have copies of either, photographic evidence will be required, and you would be welcome to donate them to my collection.

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963


The Odyssey Library In order of series number.

Flesh Raffle 12.1

Lessons in Love 12.2

[Whores, Queers, and Others] 12.3

Scream, My Darling, Scream 12.4

My Mother Taught Me 12.5

[Sextet] 12.6

 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTIONS


12.1.1 FLESH RAFFLE Jim Dobbs, 1963

Flesh Raffle Odyssey Library 1963_0004

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] [three typographic fig leafs] FLESH | RAFFLE by | jim dobbs [two typographic fig leafs] | 1 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 196 pp. No signatures, but [1-11]8, [12]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], [three typographic fig leafs] FLESH | RAFFLE by | jim dobbs [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-196, text.

Flesh Raffle Odyssey Library 1963_0001

Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white.

Flesh Raffle Odyssey Library 1963_0003

[Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] FLESH RAFFLE by Jim Dobbs.

Flesh Raffle Odyssey Library 1963_0002

[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET Notes: This is probably the original edition of a novel called Hot Lottery credited to the same author and advertised by the Olympia Press in New York about 1967 as volume 215 of the Traveller’s Companion Series. A comparison of the two books, however, has not yet been undertaken because a copy of the supposed American reprint has not been located. Other books appearing under this pseudonym from other publishers in the United States include In Lust and War (1969) and Island Lust (1969). A third novel, Chateau Venus, was published by the Olympia Press in New York in 1968.


12.2.1 LESSONS IN LOVE Marjorie Cartwright, 1963

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] LESSONS IN | LOVE by Marjorie | Cartwright [two typographic fig leafs] | 2 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 244 pp. No signatures, but [1-14]8, [15]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], LESSONS IN | LOVE by Marjorie | Cartwright [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-241, text. pp. [242-244] blank.

Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the title page, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title,ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red. The title, author, series number and publisher are in white.

[Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] LESSONS IN LOVE by Marjorie Cartwright.

[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET. Notes: Reprinted under the title Rape of the Statue by the Olympia Press in New York in 1968 as no. 104 of the Ophelia Press imprint.


12.3.1 WHORES, QUEERS, AND OTHERS (2 vols.) Philip Barrows [Daniel R. Tuite] Note: No copy known. Existence implied from catalogs and the missing series number 3. Published later by the New York Olympia Press, with a title page in the same Baroque style as the Danish series. It is possible this book was never published in the Odyssey Library series, but first (and only) released by the New York Olympia Press.


12.4.1 SCREAM, MY DARLING, SCREAM Angela Pearson [John Millington-Ward], 1963

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] [two typographic fig leafs] SCREAM, | MY DARLING, | SCREAM ! by | Angela Pearson | 4 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 196 pp. No signatures, but [1-11]8, [12]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], [two typographic fig leafs] SCREAM,| MY DARLING, | SCREAM ! by | angela pearson,

Scream Title Page

Scream Title Page

reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-195, text. p. [196] blank. Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] SCREAM, MY DARLING, SCREAM ! by angela pearson.

 Scream spine view

Scream spine view

[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET.

 Scream Back Cover

Scream Back Cover

Published later by the New York Olympia Press


12.5.1 MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME: Tor Kung. [Jean Mclean and Jack Gilbert], 1963

My Mother Taught Me 1963 Title Page

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] MY MOTHER | TAUGHT ME | by Tor Kung [two typographic fig leafs] | 5 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 200 pp. No signatures, but [1-12]8, [13]4. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], MY MOTHER| TAUGHT ME | by tor kung [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-198, text. pp. [199-200] blank.

My Mother Cover

Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white.

My Mother spine

[Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME by Tor Kung.

My Mother Back

[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET. Note: Published later by the New York Olympia Press.


12.6.1 SEXTET J.Hume Parkinson 1963

Note: No copy known. Existence implied from catalogues and the missing series number 6. Published in 1965 in the Traveller’s Companion Series, Number 94 (5.94)


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Books Wanted: Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell, Guillaume Apollinaire JUNE 1953 Printing

Another elusive variant, this one is peculiar in that two editions were issued in quick succession, the first in JUNE 1953 and the second in JULY 1953, the image below is of the JULY 53 edition, which I have 2 copies of, apart from the print dates and the price on the back of the first pritning (no price on the second) both editions are identical, I believe the rapid second printing is an old French publishers con, designed to give the impression that a title is selling particularly well, regardless of the rationale the end result is the same and the first printing is hard to find. I am prepared to exchange multiple titles (with some reservations) for a Very Good copy of this edition, it does however need to be complete with all first edition points as listed below, in the bibliographical description provided as always courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number is the actual location of the description in the bibliography.

1.4.1 AMOROUS EXPLOITS OF A YOUNG RAKEHELL Guillaume Apollinaire, 1953

Amorous Exploits Olympia 1953

GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE | AMOROUS EXPLOITS | of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 2 bis, rue des Ciseaux, Paris (6e)

Collation: 120 pp. [1]-78, 84. 18.2 x 13.0 cm, all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: pp. [1-4] blank. p. [5] AMOROUS EXPLOITS |of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL, reverse blank. p. [7] title, as above. p. [8]  [rule] | All rights reserved in all countries..p. [9], CHAPTER ONE, reverse blank. pp. [11]-20, text. p. [21] CHAPTER TWO, reverse blank. pp. [23]-29, text. p. [30] blank. p. [31] CHAPTER THREE, reverse blank. pp. [33]-37, text. p. [38] blank. p. [39] CHAPTER FOUR, reverse blank. pp. [41]-45, text. p. [46] blank. p. [47] CHAPTER FIVE, reverse blank. pp. [49]-54, text. p. [55] CHAPTER SIX, reverse blank. pp. [57]-63, text. p. [64] blank. p. [65]CHAPTER SEVEN, reverse blank. pp. [67]-75, text. p. [76] blank. p. [77] CHAPTER EIGHT, reverse blank. pp. [79]-84, text. p. [85] CHAPTER NINE, reverse blank. pp. [87]-95, text. p. [96] blank. p. [97] CHAPTER TEN, reverse blank. pp. [99]-103, text. p. [104] blank. p. [105] CHAPTER ELEVEN, reverse blank. pp. [107]-110, text. p. [111], THE END, reverse blank. p. [113] table of contents, reverse blank. p. [115] FINISHED PRINTED [sic]| JUNE 1953 | BY IMPRIMERIE RICHARD | 24, RUE STÉPHENSON, PARIS | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1953. pp. [116-120] blank. Binding: Plain white wrappers trimmed flush with body of the book, under dark green dustjacket printed in black, with front wrapper framed by border of white, six-pointed stars. Front cover: GUIL-LAUME APOLLINAIRE | [double rule in white, with thicker lower rule:] Amorous Exploits | of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL [double rule in white, with thicker upper rule:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS‘. Spine: [reading up spine; horizontally:] THE | OLYMPIA | PRESS [reading vertically:] Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell [-] GUILLAUME | APOLLINAIRE. Back cover blank, except for bottom right: PRINTED IN FRANCE | PRICE : 1200 FRANCS.

Notes: A translation, reportedly by Richard Seaver, of Les Exploits d‘un jeune Don Juan, an erotic novel that was first published at Paris in 1905 or 1906 by Elias Gaucher. Although generally credited as an original work by Guillaume Apollinaire, it is actually a word-for-word translation by the poet of Kinder-Geilheit. Geständnisse eines Knaben (Berlin: 1891). For details of the German original, see Hugo Hayn and Alfred N. Gotendorf, Bibliotheca Germanorum Erotica & Curiosa (München: Georg Müller, 1912-14) vol. 3, pp. 551,2.

Please leave a message on this blog if you are able to offer a copy for trade.

Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.

Six small photo illustrated “Girlie Magazines”, photo illustrated with nudes and semi-nudes, images interspersed with excerpts from Paris Olympia Press titles. 2 of the titles, ” The Stripteaser” 1953 and “The Teaser Pure and Simple” 1954  are very common indeed and I will mention them no further here.

The other titles are more elusive. Bibliographical information courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index numbers are the location of the actual description in the bibliography.

3.2.1 PARIS EXOTIQUE 1953: Collation: Unpaged, but [64] pp. Saddle-stapled with no signatures. 20.0 x 13.0 cm. Printed on off-white, wove paper. Contents: Illustrated profusely throughout with b&w pinup photos, interspersed with Passion de la Nuit, extracted from …et Treize Fois Impure by René Roques. Binding: Glossy coloured photographic wrappers. Front wrapper: Colour photo against a black background of a red-head wrapped in something transparent and with her right hand on her hip. Printed across the top in green caps: PARIS EXOTIQUE. Printed in green at the bottom left: Fr. 150. Back wrapper: Colour photo against a black background of a kneeling brunette dressed in a skimpy Mexican-inspired costumes, complete with sombrero. Printed across the top in orange caps: PARIS EXOTIQUE. Front inside wrapper: PARIS EXOTIQUE | No 1 | ―Passion de la nuit‖ qui nous publions | dans le numéro 1 de Paris Exotique est | extrait du grand roman de René Roques : | …et Treize Fois Impure. Mieux que les | plus grands écrivains modernes qui ont | décrit le désir et la joie charnelle, tels que | Colette, Jules Romains, Erskine Caldwell, | D.-H Lawrence, etc., René Roques a su | peindre avec un lucidité impitoyable la | passion des corps et des esprits. Nul mieux | que lui n‘a su montrer la violence soured du | désir, les ruses de la chair, l‘assouvissement | des coeurs. Son art subtil er pénétrant nous | livre un récit imprégné de mystère et de volupté. | Les ouvrages de René Roques sont en | vente dans toutes les librairies. Ils peuvent | égalemente nous être commandés directement : | …ET TREIZE FOIS IMPURE | VIOL | INERDIT AUX JEUNES FILLES | Chaque volume : Frs 390 | (plus 30 Frs pour frais dřenvoi). | Adresser la commande accompa- | gnée du règlement à OLYMPIA | PRESS, 13, rue Jacob, Paris-6e, | C. Ch. Postaux: Paris 9875-60.. Back inside wrapper: conclusion of extract from …et Treize Fois Impure with, at foot of page: [rule] | Paris Exotique‖ est édité par Olympia Press, |13, rue Jacob, Paris-6e, et imprimé par | l‘imprimerie Moderne du Lion, Paris | depot legal : 4e trimestre 1953 | Printed in France. Notes: …et Treize Fois Impure, and at least two other novels by Roques, were distributed by the Olympia Press, although the books seem to have published by the author. An English translation, as Ladies at Night, by James O’Leary was published in 1954 by the Olympia Press as vol. 3 of the Atlantic Library series.

Teasers 3

3.3.1 PARIS TEASER 1953 Notes: Not seen. Reported to be an English translation of 3.2.1, PARIS EXOTIQUE, above. Known to exist from ban in 1954, photos and BNF records.


Teasers

3.4.1 THE NEW PARIS TEASER 1954: Collation: Unpaged, but [64] pp. Saddle-stapled with no signatures. 20.0 x 13.0 cm. [Printed on off-white, wove paper?] Contents: Illustrated profusely throughout with b&w pinup photos, interspersed with brief extracts from Olympia Press publications. p. [1] THE NEW | PARIS TEASER | is published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 13, rue Jacob, Paris 6, France | [within a double line box:] All the excerpts published in The New | Stripteaser [sic]| are taken from full-length, completely unexpurgated books published by The | Olympia Press, and available at all bookstores | or by order direct from our Paris offices. The | season’s | publications include important novels | by Henry Miller, the Marquis de Sade, Jean | Genet, etc. | New novels in English to be released in | March, 1954, include the following highly | recommended titles : | LADIES AT NIGHT by René Roques $1.90 | THREE PASSIONATE LOVERS by | René Roques… $1.90 | LUST by Count Palmiro Vicarion… $1.90 | HELEN AND DESIRE by Francis | Lengel… $.190 [sic] | Prepaiment [sic] requested | Catalogues will be provided free on request. [below the box:] Sole distribution for Norway, Sweden and Denmark : | SANGKO – NORDEN | 7 Madvigs Allé, Copenhagen, Denmark | [rule] | The New Paris Teaser, publication non périodique, est édité | par The Olympia Press, 13, rue Jacob Paris 6e, et imprimé par | l’Imprimerie Moderne du Lion, Paris. | Dépôt legal : 1er trimestre 1954. Printed in France. pp. [3-18], Helen and Desire by Francis Lengel. – pp. [21-36], The Virgin and the Monks [extract from Justine, ou Les Malheurs de la vertu]. By D. A. F. de Sade. – pp. [39-64], Good Company [extract from Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure] by John Cleland.
Binding: Glossy coloured photographic wrappers, with, spread over front and back wrappes, a photo of a girl naked save for judiciously positioned orchids or similar, laying on what appears to be the seashore. At the top of the back wrappers, in blue, is printed: THE NEW PARIS TEASER | Fr. 150. Inside front and back wrappers, b&w pinup photos.


3.6.1 THE NEW STRIPTEASER 1954 Notes: Not seen. Known to exist from ban in 1954, and photo.

Now this one is really interesting, there is a black and white image too poor to reproduce here, and much speculation about whether any of this item are still in existence, including rumours that all copies have been destroyed, complete tosh, the French in the 1950’s were still to sensitive to the censorship and excesses of the occupying forces during the war, to engage in book burning, many Olympia titles suddenly appear in numbers, usually because a cache has been discovered either from materials confiscated and stored by the Brigade Mondaine or stock withheld by a printer, for non payment of invoices.

That aside there is no doubting that this is one of the rarer items of ephemera related to the press, so I was delighted to discover that a fellow collector has a copy, and had sent me an image in colour of the cover, unfortunately the image is in a format not supported (actually not permitted) by WordPress. So I am unable to share it.

I have also communicated with the owner to offer a pro forma description of another Teaser to allow him to produce the first know description of this title, but as yet I have no response but watch this space.

As for its existence elsewhere I have seen one copy in a Belgian collection some 20 years ago.

Books Wanted: Titles from The Odyssey Library Copenhagen.1963

Back on to my favourite topic , which is the really rare titles. Something of a peripheral item, the books published or allegedly published, constitute an attempt by Maurice Girodias to avoid the attention of the French authorities, by shifting some of his editions to a Copenhagen printer. As Pat Kearney notes:-“Right up to the end, the French police were snapping at Girodias’s heels, and one of his last publishing efforts in Paris was to have six novels printed in Copenhagen, a desperate attempt to evade the authorities at home and launch a new series called The Odyssey Library. Despite the fact that censorship had been abolished in Denmark  not to mention the fact the books were in English the Danish authorities were somehow persuaded by their French counterparts to halt the operation. Most of these novels were later reprinted in New York by the Olympia Press, but copies of the Danish originals, which are amongst the scarcest of the books that Girodias published, do emerge from time to time.” (Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007) Index Numbers are the actual location of the description in the bibliography.

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963


The Odyssey Library In order of series number.

Flesh Raffle 12.1

Lessons in Love 12.2

[Whores, Queers, and Others] 12.3

Scream, My Darling, Scream 12.4

My Mother Taught Me 12.5

[Sextet] 12.6

 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTIONS


12.1.1 FLESH RAFFLE Jim Dobbs, 1963

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] [three typographic fig leafs] FLESH | RAFFLE by | jim dobbs [two typographic fig leafs] | 1 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 196 pp. No signatures, but [1-11]8, [12]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], [three typographic fig leafs] FLESH | RAFFLE by | jim dobbs [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-196, text. Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] FLESH RAFFLE by Jim Dobbs. [Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET Notes: This is probably the original edition of a novel called Hot Lottery credited to the same author and advertised by the Olympia Press in New York about 1967 as volume 215 of the Traveller’s Companion Series. A comparison of the two books, however, has not yet been undertaken because a copy of the supposed American reprint has not been located. Other books appearing under this pseudonym from other publishers in the United States include In Lust and War (1969) and Island Lust (1969). A third novel, Chateau Venus, was published by the Olympia Press in New York in 1968.


12.2.1 LESSONS IN LOVE Marjorie Cartwright, 1963

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] LESSONS IN | LOVE by Marjorie | Cartwright [two typographic fig leafs] | 2 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 244 pp. No signatures, but [1-14]8, [15]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], LESSONS IN | LOVE by Marjorie | Cartwright [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-241, text. pp. [242-244] blank. Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red. The title, author, series number and publisher are in white. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] LESSONS IN LOVE by Marjorie Cartwright. [Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET. Notes: Reprinted under the title Rape of the Statue by the Olympia Press in New York in 1968 as no. 104 of the Ophelia Press imprint.


12.3.1 WHORES, QUEERS, AND OTHERS (2 vols.) Philip Barrows [Daniel R. Tuite] Note: No copy known. Existence implied from catalogs and the missing series number 3. Published later by the New York Olympia Press, with a title page in the same Baroque style as the Danish series. It is possible this book was never published in the Odyssey Library series, but first (and only) released by the New York Olympia Press.


12.4.1 SCREAM, MY DARLING, SCREAM Angela Pearson [John Millington-Ward], 1963

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963

Scream my Darling Scream Angela Pearson , Odyssey Library, Copenhagen, 1963

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] [two typographic fig leafs] SCREAM, | MY DARLING, | SCREAM ! by | Angela Pearson | 4 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 196 pp. No signatures, but [1-11]8, [12]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], [two typographic fig leafs] SCREAM,| MY DARLING, | SCREAM ! by | angela pearson,

Scream Title Page

Scream Title Page

reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-195, text. p. [196] blank. Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] SCREAM, MY DARLING, SCREAM ! by angela pearson.

     Scream spine view

Scream spine view

[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET.

      Scream Back Cover

Scream Back Cover

Published later by the New York Olympia Press


12.5.1 MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME: Tor Kung. [Jean Mclean and Jack Gilbert], 1963

My Mother Taught Me

My Mother Taught Me

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] MY MOTHER | TAUGHT ME | by Tor Kung [two typographic fig leafs] | 5 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 200 pp. No signatures, but [1-12]8, [13]4. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], MY MOTHER| TAUGHT ME | by tor kung [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-198, text. pp. [199-200] blank. Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME by Tor Kung. [Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET. Note: Published later by the New York Olympia Press.


12.6.1 SEXTET Note: No copy known. Existence implied from catalogues and the missing series number 6. Published in 1965 in the Traveller’s Companion Series, Number 94 (5.94)


Books Wanted: All Ephemera related to The Paris Olympia Press

Of all of the Olympia items I have traded over the years, the greatest regret I have is parting with the ephemera, such stuff is difficult to find and seldom listed by book-dealers, usually tucked away in a box somewhere, usually found when browsing , rather than presented for sale.

Pat Kearney, Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press. 2007, lists a range of items at page 356.

olympia press Cats

Rather than reproduce that detail here (though I may do later), suffice to say I am interested in any ephemera, related to the press, including (but not exclusive) sales catalogues, advertising fliers, book lists, order forms, letters, business cards, and anything else with a printed or pictorial link to the press.

Olympia Press Cats2

Any of the above or similar items, please leave a comment on this blog and I will get back to you.

Books Wanted: Springtime in Paris, Theobald Lovelace, Ophelia Press Paris

Unlike my last first listed WANT: This is one I have seen,twice, both in collections, one in the Netherlands and the other in Scandinavia, this is, as described below in the bibliographical  detail, a variant of Business as Usual, by Soliman Peters, in the distinctive “salmon pink” covers of the Ophelia Press. Alas I have no image of this title. The story behind the appearance of this title, is that the author had sold the original title to both Girodias, and at the same time the publisher of Weekend Books, a competitor.

In an attempt to protect his investment (probably a pittance), Girodias rewrote a number of pages and changed the title and author and produced this title which I need to complete the Ophelia imprints in my collection.

Bibliographical detail with permission of Patrick Kearney., The Olympia Press. Liverpool University Library. 2007.

6.3.1 SPRINGTIME IN PARIS Theobald Lovelace, 1958

THEOBALD LOVELACE | SPRINGTIME | IN PARIS | OPHELIA PRESS | PARIS Collation: 190 pp. 4.1 – 4.128. The collation on this book is untidy, but correct as stated. The pagination begins at the half-title, but is preceded by a blank leaf on the recto of which is the first signature. The gathering therefore appears to have fourteen leaves, but the number is made up to the correct sixteen by the preliminary blank. 17.8 x 11.3 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [i,ii], blank. p. [1] SPRINGTIME | IN PARIS, reverse blank. p. [3] title, as above. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by Ophelia Press. p. 5-189, text. p. [190] Imprimé en Février 1958 | Imprimerie Spéciale des Éditions Ophelia Press | [rule] | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1958.
Binding: Pale tan wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with the body of the book. [Front cover; within a vertical three-line oblong frame:] THEOBALD LOVELACE | SPRINGTIME | IN PARIS | [outside frame, at foot of cover:] OPHELIA PRESSř. [Spine; author and imprint printed horizontally across head and foot, and title lettered vertically up spine between them:] THEOBALD | LOVELACE [-] SPRINGTIME IN PARIS [-] OPHELIA | PRESS. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] [price in bold ] FRS. 750 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U. K. OR U. S. A. Notes: (1) The same book as Business as Usual by Soliman Peters except for the first page of text. (2) Advertised in a 1959 Olympia Press catalogue as being called Springtime in Paree by Alan Peters.

Books Wanted:- MELTING [Dissolving] Travellers Companion Series No 59

Rather provide an exhaustive list of wants, I want to be specific about the titles I am looking for, many of them are readily available, just very expensive, and will likely have to wait until I can afford to buy them, in the mean time they will remain highly priced and unsold on all the major book sites, that is unless of course a trade is possible.

However before I get to the not rare just expensive stuff, lets explore the really rare stuff.

The first item on my list is one of the variant titles that Girodias produced to avoid detection by the Brigade Mondaine , the French Thought Police, who in cooperation with the British Government sought to eliminate the import of “filth” from the continent, this form of censorship has a long history, but more of that later.

My first target title is therefore “Melting” by Tim Harrack, a disguised variant of the title “Dissolving” the bibliographic description of which reads thus:-

5.59.2 MELTING [DISSOLVING] Tim Harrack, 1958 [Within a green border of type ornament:] TIM HARRACK |MELTING | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7, rue Saint-Severin, Paris Collation: 192 pp. 59.1 – 59.128. 17.6 x 11.1 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] MELTING. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press Paris France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[187] text. p. [188] blank. p. [189] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed March 1958 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1958. pp. [190-192] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of two borders, the outer consisting of fine linked chain of type device in black, and the inner a thin band of white edged in black:] TIM HARRACK | MELTING | no 59 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 59 [-] MELTING [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: Although presumably re-issued with a title change to confuse the authorities, the running head still reads DISSOLVING throughout. The text of page 7 and the first half of page 8 has been re-written, after which it remains identical to the edition published as Dissolving.(1)

I thank my long term pen-pal and friend (though we have never met face to face) Patrick Kearney for permission to use excerpts from his book:- (1) The Paris Olympia Press published by The Liverpool University Press, 2007, where the above description can be located on Page: 187.

olympia_paris

Despite Pat’s description, this was and in reality still is the only Olympia Press title I have never seen, so imagine my delight, when just a week ago, following some very skilled detective work I discovered a copy in Berlin. I quickly made all of the necessary arrangements to buy the book, and even sent the following to him:-

Well Pat

 
Sometimes I amaze myself, no sooner do I admit to never having seen a copy of the Melting variant of Dissolving, than I track one down on a really obscure German antiques web site, admittedly I do not have it in hand yet, but it is paid for and order confirmed. Amazing so happy I just had to share the moment.
A few days later I received the following message from Berlin:-

Hallo Stephen,

I just tried to take your book from my storage room. I was shocked, it was the victim of a mouse attack!

I’m sorry, they destroyed it. And not only this…

By the way, I don’t use paypal.

I apologize for the circumstances.

Best regards from Berlin………………Stephan

Melting (melted)
I updated Pat and he responded:-

Steve, Hi:

I’m glad I wasn’t able to reply to your email and congratulate you on
finally digging up a copy of “Melting” — in light of your subsequent
email. How tragic. Really. I picked up a Bibliotheque des curieux title
once that had clearly been nibbled on by rodents, but at least it was
readable. “Melting” was demolished. But at least there’s evidence
(from the spine which is still intact) that it exists!

Happy to take any copy in pretty much any condition as long as it is complete.