Books For Trade: Essex House, North Hollywood California 1968-1969 (Updated Post June 2016)

These titles have been listed for sale on my eBay for some time now, and a number of them have gone, there are still some very rare titles listed for sale.


A short-lived (1968-1969) Los Angeles publishing imprint, a subsidiary of Milton Luros’s Parliament News, Inc, specializing in highbrow erotica. Many Essex House novelists were young serious writers (several of them poets), and some used scenarios drawn from sf and fantasy, including future Dystopias, as settings for their pornography. About half the 42 titles published by Essex House were sf/fantasy; they included novels by Philip José Farmer, Richard E Geis, David Meltzer (perhaps the most distinguished), Michael Perkins (1942-    ) and Hank Stine (see Jean Marie Stine), of which a number were ambitious, some literary, and most somewhat joyless – even emetic – and redolent of 1960s radicalism. The unusual aspirations of this imprint are generally attributed to its young editor, Brian Kirby, who also edited the pornographic books of the sister imprint, Brandon House. [PN]

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ANDERSON, (JERRY):Trans. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Trans Anderson Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 176. Original.wrappers.– First edition.


BRADBROOK, (GARY):Get It On! North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House,

Get it OnBradbrook Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160. Original pictorial wrappers.-First Edition.


BUKOWSKI, (CHARLES): Notes of a Dirty Old Man. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House,

Noted of a Dirty Old Man Bukowski Essex House

[Milton Luros]1969. 8vo. pp. 255. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


DALLAS, (PAUL V.). :Binding with Briars. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House,

Binding With Briars Dallas Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo.pp. 263. With a Postscript by Hilary E. Holt. Original wrappers.


DEDEAUX, (P.N.). :Tender Buns. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House

Tender Buns Dedeaux Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 192. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


DEDEAUX, (P.N.). :The Nothing Things. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House

The Nothing Things Dedeaux Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 160. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


DOYLE, (KIRBY) :Happiness Bastard. North Hollywood,CA.: Essex House

Happiness Bastard Kirby Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo.pp. 206. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


FARMER, (PHILIP JOSÉ) :A Feast Unknown. Vol. IX of the Memoirs of Lord Grandrith. Edited by Philip José Farmer. [With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.]North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969.

A Feast Unknown Farmer Essex House

8vo. pp. 286. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


FARMER, (PHILIP JOSÉ) :The Image of the Beast. An Exorcism Ritual 1. North Hollywood: Essex House.

The Image of the Beast Farmer Essex House

8vo. pp. 255. [With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.] Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


FARMER, (PHILIP JOSÉ):. Blown. An Exorcism Ritual 2. North Hollywood: Essex House.

Blown Farmer Essex House

8vo. pp. 208. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


GALLION, (JANE.):Biker. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Biker Gallion Essex House

8vo. pp.159. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


GEIS, (RICHARD E.):Ravished. [With a Postscript by HarlanEllison.] North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Ravished Geis Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 255. Series no.0113. Original wrappers.


GEIS, (RICHARD E.):Raw Meat. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex  House

Raw Meat Geis Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 224. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


LAMONT, (GIL):Roach. North Hollywood, Calif.: EssexHouse

Roach Lamont Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 172.Original pictorial wrappers, reproducing a picture by Egon Schiels. – First Edition


MACPHERSON, (MICHAEL):Abducted. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Abducted Macpherson Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 176.Original pictorial wrappers – First edition


MARlOWE ,(ALAN.S):Over Easy. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

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[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 208.Original pictorial wrappers – First edition


MELTZER, (DAVID):Orf. North Hollywood, Calif.:Essex House

Orf Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp160. Original wrappers.With a postscript by Stephen Bellon First Edition.


MELTZER, (DAVID):The Agency. North Hollywood, Calif.:Essex House

The Agency Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp160. Original wrappers. Vol. One of The Agency Trilogy.– First Edition.


MELTZER, (DAVID):The Agent. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

The Agent Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 160. With a Postscript by Norman Spinrad. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Vol. Two of The Agency Trilogy.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Lovely. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Lovely Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 159. With a Postscript by Frank. M. Robinson. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Book 1 of the Brain Plant series.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Healer. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Healer Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 176. With a Postscript by Jack Hirschman. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Book 2 of the Brain Plant series.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Out. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Out Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 192. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Book 3 of the Brain Plant series.


MELTZER, (DAVID):How Many Blocks in the Pile?. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

How Many Blocks in the Pile Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 160. With a postscriptby Norman Spinrad. Original wrappers.


MELTZER, (DAVID):The Martyr. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

The Martyr Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 176. With a postscript by Frank M. Robinson. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Glue Factory. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Glue Factory Meltzer essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 192. First Edition.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL) :Blue Movie. North Hollywood, Calif: Essex House

Blue Movie Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 176. Original wrappers.– First edition. Signed presentation copy.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL): Down Here. North Hollywood, Calif. Essex House

Down Here Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp.159. Original wrappers.– First edition.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL): Estelle. The Second Half of a Double Feature. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Estelle Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160. Original wrappers.– First edition. A sequel to Blue Movie.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL) : Evil Companions. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House

Evil CompanionsPerkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo.pp. 176. Original wrappers.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL): Queen of Heat. North Hollywood, Calif. Essex House

Queen of Heat Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp.160. Original wrappers.– First edition. Signed presentation copy.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL):Terminus. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Terminus Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160.Original wrappers.– First edition.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL):Whacking Off. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Whacking Off Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160. Original wrappers.– First edition.


PORTER, (GIL): Coupled. North Hollywood, Calif. Essex House

Coupled Porter Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 208.Original wrappers.– First edition. With a Postscript by Jack Hirschman.


RAMIREZ, (ALICE LOUISE): The Geek. North Hollywood, Essex House

The Geek Ramirez Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 190. With a Postscript by Philip José Farmer. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Dedicated to Harlan Ellison, Norman Spinrad and Hank Stine. Publisher’s file copy, with embossed stamp on front wrapper reading ‘Not For Sale.Office Copy.’


STINE, (HANK):Thrill City. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

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[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 159. Original wrappers.-First edition


STINE, (HANK):Season of the Witch. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Season of the Witch Stine Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 224 With a Postscript by Harlan Ellison. Original wrappers.-First edition


TOLEDANO, (HENRY):The Bitter Seed. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

The Bitter seed Toledano Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 350. Original wrappers. With a Postscript by Philip José Farmer.-First edition.


TOLEDANO, (HENRY):A Sort of Justice. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

A Sort Of Justice Tolenado Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 272. Original illustrated wrapper.-First edition.


As stated at the top of the page, extra images and full description of condition on request.

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New Into The Collection: Essex House, Publicity Pamphlet Price List 1969

A short-lived (1968-1969) Los Angeles publishing imprint, a subsidiary of Milton Luros’s Parliament News, Inc, specializing in highbrow erotica. Many Essex House novelists were young serious writers (several of them poets), and some used scenarios drawn from sf and fantasy, including future Dystopias, as settings for their pornography. About half the 42 titles published by Essex House were sf/fantasy; they included novels by Philip José Farmer, Richard E Geis, David Meltzer (perhaps the most distinguished), Michael Perkins (1942-    ) and Hank Stine (see Jean Marie Stine), of which a number were ambitious, some literary, and most somewhat joyless – even emetic – and redolent of 1960s radicalism. The unusual aspirations of this imprint are generally attributed to its young editor, Brian Kirby, who also edited the pornographic books of the sister imprint, Brandon House. [PN]

further reading

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SF Essex House

 As my collection of this imprint has progressed over recent months, with only 4 titles required for completion, I am very pleased to add this extremely rare piece of printed ephemera, printed on 4 sides listing the titles , artwork and prices of the first 23 titles published by the press.


Front Cover

essex House Promotional Pamphlet Price List 1969_0001


Back

essex House Promotional Pamphlet Price List 1969_0002


Contents

essex House Promotional Pamphlet Price List 1969_0004


essex House Promotional Pamphlet Price List 1969_0003


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Essex House, North Hollywood California

Books For Trade: Essex House, North Hollywood California 1968-1969 (Updated Post Oct 2015)

A short-lived (1968-1969) Los Angeles publishing imprint, a subsidiary of Milton Luros’s Parliament News, Inc, specializing in highbrow erotica. Many Essex House novelists were young serious writers (several of them poets), and some used scenarios drawn from sf and fantasy, including future Dystopias, as settings for their pornography. About half the 42 titles published by Essex House were sf/fantasy; they included novels by Philip José Farmer, Richard E Geis, David Meltzer (perhaps the most distinguished), Michael Perkins (1942-    ) and Hank Stine (see Jean Marie Stine), of which a number were ambitious, some literary, and most somewhat joyless – even emetic – and redolent of 1960s radicalism. The unusual aspirations of this imprint are generally attributed to its young editor, Brian Kirby, who also edited the pornographic books of the sister imprint, Brandon House. [PN]

further reading

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SF Essex House

 This is an update, as this collection has grown to close to completion, listing here 38 of the 42 published  titles. All images are scans of the actual books from my private collection, further images and detailed description provided on request, just leave a comment on this post, or even better complete a contact form and I will get back to you. These books are only available for trade against my Paris Olympia Press wants. And only as a collection, I will not split off individual titles. And as always any bibliographical information is always welcome to enhance the listing.


ANDERSON, (JERRY):Trans. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Trans Anderson Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 176. Original.wrappers.– First edition.


BRADBROOK, (GARY):Get It On! North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House,

Get it OnBradbrook Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160. Original pictorial wrappers.-First Edition.


BUKOWSKI, (CHARLES): Notes of a Dirty Old Man. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House,

Noted of a Dirty Old Man Bukowski Essex House

[Milton Luros]1969. 8vo. pp. 255. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


DALLAS, (PAUL V.). :Binding with Briars. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House,

Binding With Briars Dallas Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo.pp. 263. With a Postscript by Hilary E. Holt. Original wrappers.


DEDEAUX, (P.N.). :Tender Buns. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House

Tender Buns Dedeaux Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 192. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


DEDEAUX, (P.N.). :The Nothing Things. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House

The Nothing Things Dedeaux Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 160. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


DOYLE, (KIRBY) :Happiness Bastard. North Hollywood,CA.: Essex House

Happiness Bastard Kirby Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo.pp. 206. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


FARMER, (PHILIP JOSÉ) :A Feast Unknown. Vol. IX of the Memoirs of Lord Grandrith. Edited by Philip José Farmer. [With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.]North Hollywood: Essex House, 1969.

A Feast Unknown Farmer Essex House

8vo. pp. 286. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


FARMER, (PHILIP JOSÉ) :The Image of the Beast. An Exorcism Ritual 1. North Hollywood: Essex House.

The Image of the Beast Farmer Essex House

8vo. pp. 255. [With a postscript by Theodore Sturgeon.] Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


FARMER, (PHILIP JOSÉ):. Blown. An Exorcism Ritual 2. North Hollywood: Essex House.

Blown Farmer Essex House

8vo. pp. 208. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


GALLION, (JANE.):Biker. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Biker Gallion Essex House

8vo. pp.159. Original pictorial wrappers.– First Edition.


GEIS, (RICHARD E.):Ravished. [With a Postscript by HarlanEllison.] North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Ravished Geis Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 255. Series no.0113. Original wrappers.


GEIS, (RICHARD E.):Raw Meat. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex  House

Raw Meat Geis Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 224. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


LAMONT, (GIL):Roach. North Hollywood, Calif.: EssexHouse

Roach Lamont Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 172.Original pictorial wrappers, reproducing a picture by Egon Schiels. – First Edition


MACPHERSON, (MICHAEL):Abducted. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Abducted Macpherson Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 176.Original pictorial wrappers – First edition


MARlOWE ,(ALAN.S):Over Easy. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

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[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 208.Original pictorial wrappers – First edition


MELTZER, (DAVID):Orf. North Hollywood, Calif.:Essex House

Orf Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp160. Original wrappers.With a postscript by Stephen Bellon First Edition.


MELTZER, (DAVID):The Agency. North Hollywood, Calif.:Essex House

The Agency Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp160. Original wrappers. Vol. One of The Agency Trilogy.– First Edition.


MELTZER, (DAVID):The Agent. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

The Agent Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 160. With a Postscript by Norman Spinrad. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Vol. Two of The Agency Trilogy.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Lovely. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Lovely Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 159. With a Postscript by Frank. M. Robinson. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Book 1 of the Brain Plant series.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Healer. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Healer Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 176. With a Postscript by Jack Hirschman. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Book 2 of the Brain Plant series.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Out. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Out Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 192. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Book 3 of the Brain Plant series.


MELTZER, (DAVID):How Many Blocks in the Pile?. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

How Many Blocks in the Pile Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 160. With a postscriptby Norman Spinrad. Original wrappers.


MELTZER, (DAVID):The Martyr. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

The Martyr Meltzer Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 176. With a postscript by Frank M. Robinson. Original wrappers.– First Edition.


MELTZER, (DAVID):Glue Factory. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Glue Factory Meltzer essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 192. First Edition.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL) :Blue Movie. North Hollywood, Calif: Essex House

Blue Movie Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 176. Original wrappers.– First edition. Signed presentation copy.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL): Down Here. North Hollywood, Calif. Essex House

Down Here Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp.159. Original wrappers.– First edition.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL): Estelle. The Second Half of a Double Feature. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Estelle Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160. Original wrappers.– First edition. A sequel to Blue Movie.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL) : Evil Companions. North Hollywood,Calif.: Essex House

Evil CompanionsPerkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo.pp. 176. Original wrappers.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL): Queen of Heat. North Hollywood, Calif. Essex House

Queen of Heat Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp.160. Original wrappers.– First edition. Signed presentation copy.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL):Terminus. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Terminus Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160.Original wrappers.– First edition.


PERKINS, (MICHAEL):Whacking Off. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Whacking Off Perkins Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 160. Original wrappers.– First edition.


PORTER, (GIL): Coupled. North Hollywood, Calif. Essex House

Coupled Porter Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1968. 8vo. pp. 208.Original wrappers.– First edition. With a Postscript by Jack Hirschman.


RAMIREZ, (ALICE LOUISE): The Geek. North Hollywood, Essex House

The Geek Ramirez Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo. pp. 190. With a Postscript by Philip José Farmer. Original wrappers.– First Edition. Dedicated to Harlan Ellison, Norman Spinrad and Hank Stine. Publisher’s file copy, with embossed stamp on front wrapper reading ‘Not For Sale.Office Copy.’


STINE, (HANK):Thrill City. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

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[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 159. Original wrappers.-First edition


STINE, (HANK):Season of the Witch. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

Season of the Witch Stine Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 224 With a Postscript by Harlan Ellison. Original wrappers.-First edition


TOLEDANO, (HENRY):The Bitter Seed. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

The Bitter seed Toledano Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 350. Original wrappers. With a Postscript by Philip José Farmer.-First edition.


TOLEDANO, (HENRY):A Sort of Justice. North Hollywood, Calif.: Essex House

A Sort Of Justice Tolenado Essex House

[Milton Luros], 1969. 8vo.pp. 272. Original illustrated wrapper.-First edition.


As stated at the top of the page, extra images and full description of condition on request.

See LINKS:

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

Books Wanted: The Teasers

Odyssey Library