I have waited a long time to list this, I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy from my good friends’ at Libreria Scarpignato in Rome. who agreed that the book is well travelled and worn, and indeed its boards are beaten, almost as though subjected to the kind of thrashing so artfully displayed in its contents, its front cover is taped and it is shaken , perhaps it had forgotten its safe word? But despite all this it has survived, it has wonderful presence, it has weight and it a delight to hold, printed on heavy gloss paper, and illustrations that are out of this world. and so very rare.
Wighead is my favourite artist of this genre, I have been fortunate enough to have owned a small number of the original titles illustrated by this genius of decadent art who still remains unidentified. This listing is a first draft and I will add blow ups of some of the images a few at a time, this is for my benefit as I am sure the picture vultures will descend and claim the images as their own, and display them without context. This is a book, and in the first instance the images are displayed as they appear in the book, I have cropped some of the smaller images, which I use to act as spacers between, the pages, as anyone who reads any of my editorial commentary will be aware, I just love a book that provides all the elements for its listing on my blog.
Grégor Yvan. Chair Sanglée ou les Voluptés fetichistes, Le Jardin D’eros, rue de Tracy, Paris, s.d. (circa1935). In-8 (14 x 22.5 cm), 155 pages. Rebound with original colour illustrated cover preserved, frontispiece, 30 vignettes in-texte, 12 lettres de chapitre illustrées et 6 culs-de-lampe en noir par Wighead. La Couverture porte mention
« Nombreuses illustration suggetives de Wighead initiant aux secrets des passions les plus mystérieuses »; imprimerie spêciale du Jardin d’Eros. 120 boulevard de l’Hôpital, Paris.
Link to Libreria Scarpignato