DÉVERGONDAGES. [ROJAN, illustrator]. SPADDY (pseud. of Jean Gros).
Published by Aux dépens d’un amateur,, Bruxelles [Nice]:1948. Limited Edition of 234 copies on Vélin de Rives, this being copy no. 69, of a total edition of 250. Octavo (9 x 6 3/4 in.). 151, (3, blank) pp., In original white paper wraps, Uncut pages, 16 color lithographed plates, unsigned but, according to Pia and Dutel, after watercolors by Rojan, i.e. Feodor Stepanovich Rojankowsky (1891-1970).s. Rojan, a Russian émigré as celebrated for his many childrens book illustrations as he was for his erotic drawings, won the 1956 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations to John Langstaff’s Frog Went A-Courtin’. He was the sometime lover of French novelist and poet, Raymond Radiguet, and as an eroticist is perhaps best known for his illustrations to Radiguet’s Vers Libres. This edition was condemned four times between 1950-56 by the tribunal of the Seine; understandable as the title translates to “licentious behavior.” Dutel III, 1389; Pia 310-11; cf. Private Case 836.
Quite a spectacular item, unfortunately impossible to scan because of the binding, so my efforts at photography will have to suffice. I include the binding in this listing because it is a little different.
Les Filles de Loth et autres Poèmes Erotiques recueillis par le Vidame de Bozegy. [[EDMOND DARDENNE BERNARD]] (André Collot)] :Published by A Sodome, Imprimerie de la Genèse 1933. (1933) 1 volume in-4 (28,5 x 19 cm), broché, 257 pages.+ a supplementary poem bound in. 12 illustrations, lightly coloured in crayon Original edition of this collection of famous erotic poems. This book was hors-commerce and reserved for subscribers. Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies this being numbered 123. Rebound in half maroon leather on marbled boards, with five raised bands, title and erotic motif in gilt stamped on spine, housed in a matching slipcase. Original covers preserved. Title in calligraphy on top of page block. A beautiful item that would enhance any collection.
Trois Filles de Leur Mère ( illus. Edouard CHIMOT )Pierre LouysPrivately Printed c.1950, Paris, 1950. Condition: Very Good. Edouard Chimot (illustrator). (Paris). ‘Au dépens d’un amateur pour ses amis exclusivement’. Dated 1897 but published c. 1950. In-4. 151pp. Illustrated anonymously by Edouard Chimot with 12 full-page highly erotic colour plates. Limited edition of 350 copies – . Unbound, as issued in printed wraps, card sleeve and slipcase (). Contents bright and spotless.The most infamous of Chimot-illustrated works, Pierre Louys’ pornographic text being accompanied by some of the artist’s most explicit coloured engravings.
This is one I have wanted to be able to list for ages, as I really like the illustrations, and I hope you do too.
Alfred de Musset, Gamiani ou Deux Nuits d’Excès Clandestine edition Published by Aux dépens des deux cent cinquante amis de l’époque romantique. S.d. [vers 1950]
At the expense of the two hundred and fifty friends of the romantic era. S.d. [circa 1950] 1 volume in-4 (24.5 x 19 cm), in sheets , 44- (1) pages. 12 illustrations inset in color, 13/250 limited edition, not put on the market. The drawings are beautifully made. Reference: Dutel, Bibliography of erotic works published clandestinely in French between 1920 and 1970, n ° 1657 (which does not indicate any name of illustrator or publisher).Original paper cover over plain card wraps (some tearing to fine paper cover,see images), in sheets 44 pages and 12 coloured illustrations, complete.
This one is a real mystery, I can find nothing about the author/artist, although there is plenty of info about the publisher, Raymond Duncan. The book itself is a collection of poems along with 2 woodcuts in 2 states. Any information about this book would be welcome.
Henri Lambert, Juenes Seins, de presses de l’ Akademia Raymond Duncan Paris 1944.Consisting of loose pages tied ribbon to form a book, appears to be hand made paper, the cover with title and harp symbol, black on grey, measure 34 x 35 cm. the interior papers measure appr 25-27 x 33 c.m. Manuscript poetry on 27 numbered pages (one side only) all pages are signed or initialed. 2 woodcuts in 2 states all signed and one dated Dec 1944. Number 7 of an unknown limitation of this Manuscript.
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Many Thanks to Antiquariat Ars Amandi from Berlin who provided the following information.
The edition is a publication by Kistemakers in Brussel, around 1880. For bibliographical reference you find it in Dutel, entre 1650 et 1880, in the appendix, no. 693bis. Best to you, Andreas Ars Amandi, Berlin
This one is for the bibliophiles (no illustrations), I am trying to identify the publisher and date. A previous owner has penciled in c 1900 on the ffep. Other than that there is nothing to indicate date, publisher or printer. It is a lovely little book nicely printed on good quality paper, bound in quarter green leather on marbled boards. Limited edition of 75 copies,11 x 16 c.m. 254 pp, with 2 page catalogue of other titles. The books listed are all very small print runs, and the heading Bibliotheque pour les curieux, does not offer any hits.
The only clue appears to be the printer or publishers device on the Title Page ÉTERNITÉ, under which is a small image of a winged helmet.
Another of my possibly incomplete editions, as it appears that there should be 10 illustration and this copy has nine. So anyone who has a scan of the missing illustration please contact me.
Guillaume, APOLLINAIRE: Les Onze Mille Verges : les amours d’un hospodar, Edité par Bruxelles (1942). 131pp. 26 x 17 c.m. A clandestine edition of this erotic classic, illustrated with nine explicit images tipped in in colour, and eight chapter drawings, several of which are explicitly homosexual. 141/500 numbered copies, very good, rebound in quarter leather on marbled boards. Spine with 4 raised bands and title and author in gilt. The edition was issued for “subscribers only”, Apollinaire published the work in 1907, a fictional story of the Romanian hospodar Prince Vibescu Mony, in which the author explores all aspects of sexuality. Dutel 2109
Dialogues ou Petites scenes amoureuses, Pierre. Lorient [i.e., Paris]: Les Editions sous le Manteau, 1943., 1943. Quarto. 19.5 x 25.5 c.m. 124,  pp. With twelve full-page erotic illustrations, inset black, very free drawings attributed to Jean Berque, plus numerous vignettes in text on a rose background. Each text page has a rose-colored decorative border. Loose sheets, in light brown paper wrapper, partially discolored. Together in plain paper slipcase. A very good copy. One of 150 copies on Rives paper out of a total edition of 153 copies
Yet another departure for me, as this is an odd volume, worthy of recording here because of the rarity of the illustrations. This volume is number 3 of a 4 volume set dated 1797, but actually printed in 1865. Bound in quarter red leather on mottled boards, 354 pages (9.5 x 14.5 cm), with a frontispiece and 10 full page illustrations by Acier. Any other information on this edition would be most welcome.
Donatien Alphonse François, marquis de SADE (1740-1814). Histoire de Justine ou Les Malheurs de la vertu illustrée de 44 gravures sur acier. En Hollande: 1797 [Bruxelles: vers 1865]. vol 3 of 4 volumes.
This is by far the most recent publication I have ever listed on this blog, however as recent as the story “The English Academy ” may be, the sumptuous illustrations are from the end of the 1800’s not the 1900’s. The text claims to be from a hand written (in French) manuscript found in a box of of such material, found somewhere in France and eventually translated into English, the text apparently matches the beautiful illustrations it appears with. Whatever the truth of this tale, it gives me an excuse to post the images, and I hope you like them.
Anon ,The English Academy, Mihaly Von Zichy, The Erotic Print Society 2000.