Books for Trade: Octave Mirbeau The Diary of a Lady’s Maid . Paris: Charles Carrington, 1903. illustrations by Emile Mas, engraved by Eugène Dété.

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”.

For further information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diary_of_a_Chambermaid_(novel)


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.


cover


Dedication Charles Carrington.


Ownership Gershon Legman


Sample Text






see also

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Gershon_Legman

Books for Trade: Weird Women;

Who is the Artist? Illustrations from Nell in Bridewell (Lenchen im Zuchthause) | (Society of British Bibliophiles, Paris, 1900,

Who is the Artist? Illustrations from Nell in Bridewell (Lenchen im Zuchthause) | (Society of British Bibliophiles, Paris, 1900, The illustrations were issued separately to the book.  Carrington, references them as by German Artists familiar with the costumes and customs of the time. I wonder if they were originally illustrations for the first German edition, but I cannot find a copy to reference. Any ideas please complete a contact sheet.




Books for Trade: L’Arétin français, par un Membre de l’Académie des Dames 1803

Books for Trade: Weird Women; The Crimson Curtain; Happiness  in Crime; A Dinner of Atheists; A Woman’sVengeance. Translated from the French  of  Barbey d’Aurevilly.  With Eight Wood Engravings.  London.  Privately Printed. For the Lutetian Bibliophiles’ Society, (Charles Carrington). MCM. (1900)

This is yet another title where the size of the book,its binding , age and rarity, made flat scanning impossible, so the images below are photographic, I am aware that they are not perfectly square or flat, but they are the best I can that I can do with available resources. In any case I  think they look pretty good.

A slight departure, In that this book is not strictly speaking, “erotica”,  It is however a clandestine publication, The Lutetian Bibliophiles Society actually being our old pal Charles Carrington.
This is the first English translation (by some considerable number of years), of Barbey d’Aurevilly’s masterpiece of decadent literature, “Les Diaboliques” a sort of mixture of crime, horror and the supernatural, more closely related to the Gothic novels of the late 1700’s than the erotica of the Fin de Siecle 1890’s. Originally published as individual short stories, the collection was published as Les Diaboliques, in October 1874. In December 1874, the book was seized and prosecuted as an offence to public morality, In 1875 the charges were dismissed. As is often the case,  the scandal made the book more popular, despite this, it was not reprinted until 1882 in an edition revised by Barbey and considered the definitive French language edition; this anonymous translation published clandestinely by Carrington in 1900 is based on the 1882 edition. The entire books is dedicated to strange stories of dangerous women, the French title Les Diaboliques, literally translates to “devilish”, but is generally accepted as “The She Devils”, not to be confused with the 1958 Ophelia Press title of that name which  is an English translation of Piere Louys’ “Trois Filles et leur Mere”

A fascinating character in his own right, Barbey was a great friend of Baudelaire and had attempted to assist him in the 1850’s when “Le Fleurs du Mal” was prosecuted. In his later years he was feted by writers such as Leon Bloy and J.K Huysmans.He died on April 23 rd 1899.

For an updated translation with a useful introduction see :-

Diaboliques: Six Tales of Decadence Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly U of Minnesota Press, 2015


WEIRD WOMEN ;The Crimson Curtain; Happiness  in Crime; A Dinner of Atheists; A  Woman’s Vengence, TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH  of  Barbey d’Aurevilly  WITH EIGHT WOOD ENGRAVINGS.  LONDON.  PRIVATELY PRINTED. LUTETIAN BIBLIOPHILES’ SOCIETY  MCM. (1900).12mo. (16 x 19.5  x  6 c.m) xv + 490pp. Two volumes in one. Limited edition of 500 copies on Van Gelder. 13 wood-engraved plates. Frontispiece by Lambrecht  + [8 by Emile Mas and 4 by Ren = René Lelong], all engraved by Eugene Dété. Foreword by Charles Carrington. Two stories in the book not listed on the title page: Don Juan’s Proudest Triumph and What Lay beneath the Cards. (Library of Congress: PQ2189.B32 D57.)

Note, The title page indicates eight wood engravings, The content actually delivers; Frontispiece and 2 engravings for each of the six short stories.


 

Frontispiece


 

Foreword sample text





See Also

Books for Trade: Charles Sackville: Mr Howard Goes Yachting: London -Paris, Printed for Subscribers Only MCMVIII. (Carrington)

Books for Trade:LA FLAGELLATION A TRAVERS LE MONDE: Jean de Villiot. La Tradition de la Garde. Charles Carrington. PARIS 1907