New into the Collection: Prospectus for ‘Watt’ a novel in English by Samuel Beckett. Collection Merlin 1953.

For me this is exactly what I have been looking for, in a very good year for extremely rare items to complete my collection, here is one item that is amazing to find, and is the real justification for this Blog.


Prospectus for ‘Watt’ a novel in English by Samuel Beckett. Collection Merlin 1953. 12mo. Single sheet prospectus. Fine condition.

See Also

New into the Collection: THE GINGER MAN J. P. Donleavy, 1958 The Paris Olympia Press in dust-jacket with original flaps.

New into The Collection:AMOROUS EXPLOITS OF A YOUNG RAKEHELL. Guillaume Apollinaire, The Olympia Press June1953

Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.

 

New into the Collection: THE GINGER MAN J. P. Donleavy, 1958 The Paris Olympia Press in dust-jacket with original flaps.

A major find for my collection, a very nice copy of the 58 Ginger Man with the original dust jacket flaps. As always the bibliographical description is courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number corresponds to the actual location of the description in the bibliography.

5.7.2 THE GINGER MAN J. P. Donleavy, 1958

[Within a green border of type ornament: ] J. P. DONLEAVY | THE | GINGER | MAN | (Paris edition) | THE TRAVELLERřS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border: ] 7, rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 384 pp. No signatures. 17.0 x 10.5 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: pp. [i,ii] blank. p. [1] THE | GINGER | MAN. p. [2] blank p. [3] title, as above. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris | COPYRIGHT 1958. pp. 5-[382], text with, at the foot of p. [382] [rule] | Printed January 1958 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France| Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1958.

Binding: Bound in green cloth boards, with red endpapers and with black paper labels on spine and front cover, printed in gold and white. Label on front cover measures 5.2 x 8.2 cm. and has a gold border decorated in black with the same type ornament used on the titlepage: [in gold: ] J. P. DONLEAVY | [in white: ] THE | GINGER MAN | [in gold: ] THE OLYMPIA PRESS, PARIS.

Label on spine measures 5.0 x 2.4 cm. and is similarly decorated, but at top and bottom only: [in gold: ] DONLEAVY | [in white: ] THE | GINGER | MAN | [in gold: ] OLYMPIA. Upside-down on the front paste-down is an oblong paper label measuring 6 x 1.5 centimetres on which is printed, within a single-line frame, NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.K. OR U.S.A.. Centred to the right beside this, in larger type and still within the frame, is: FRS. 1.200. Two copies of this first issue have been noted, both having this label upside-down.


Issued in glossy white dustwrappers streaked in yellow and with coloured blot designs in dark blue, red and gray running into each other. Front of dustwrapper: [in white, each letter contained within an individual dark blue blot: ] THE | [in black upper-case script, each letter contained within an individual red blot: ] GINGER | [in black lower-case script, each letter contained within an individual gray blot: ] man [in black lettering: ] BY J . P. DONLEAVY – THE OLYMPIA PRESS, PARIS. Spine of dustwrapper has a similar coloured blot design, but with one blot per colour: [In white, within a dark blue blot: ] THE | [in black upper-case script, contained within an indidividual red blot: ] GINGER | [in black lower-case script, contained within an individual gray blot:] man [in black lettering: ] BY J. P. DONLEAVY.

Original Flaps

On the front inside flap of the dustwrapper, and within a red border of type ornament, begins THE STORY OF THE GINGER MAN, an extended account of the how the novel came to be published in the first place and the litigation that was then in progress. This account is carried over to and concluded on the back inside flap. At the conclusion of the text is a red rule, followed by: [left justified:] NOW AVAILABLE IN ENGLAND: | [centered:] Samuel Beckett | [in red:] Molloy | [in black on the next line and to the right:] 13/6 | [in red and centred:] WATT | [in black on the next line and to the right:] 15/- | [in black and centered:] Paul Ableman | [in red and centred:] I HEAR VOICES | [in black on the next line and to the right:] 15/-.

Notes: Maurice Girodias believed that he owned the English language rights to The Ginger Man, including those governing contracts for English editions outside France. Donleavyřs view of the situation was quite different, and thus was born one of the longest and most bitterly fought feuds in the history of publishing. This present edition of The Ginger Man was printed specifically by the Olympia Press to be imported into England to undermine the edition published there by Neville Spearman who had entered into a separate contract with Donleavy. Fearing possible legal action in England, Spearman, presumably with Donleavy’s agreement and co-operation, expurgated their edition of the book. For similar reasons, Girodias pruned his edition as well, but to a lesser degree. Unfortunately, he neglected to take into consideration the reputation his imprint had with the British Customs and Excise authorities.

Referring to an omission in the 1975 edition of this bibliography of the Olympia Press, a letter from Donleavyřs then secretary, Mrs. P. V. Epps, to the present author dated January 3rd 1977 stated: There is one edition of Mr. Donleavy’s book The Ginger Man which is absent from your handlist. However, this is understandable due to the fact that it was published in a limited hard cover 500 copy edition in 1956 [sic], and Mr. Girodias claimed that much of this edition was destroyed by the English Customs. It happens, however, to be a volume which Mr. Donleavy does not presently have, and he is attempting to obtain a copy.
By 1982, Donleavy had evidently located a copy, for on the 7th of May in that year his new secretary, Teresa Miln, wrote to Bernard Stone, a London bookseller: Mr. Donleavy did in the same post as your letter get such a copy, however he is still looking for the same cloth edition 1958 but with the dust jacket containing reference to litigation then being carried on. You will note the dust jacket you presently have has been cut on the fold over containing the legend on the inside cover, and the legend concerning The Ginger Man pasted onto the cover. This [is] because the previous legend might have been in contempt of court concerning the matter sub judice. There may only be a handful of such copies containing this wrapper, but Mr. Donleavy would much appreciate your keeping an eye out for it, and of course any other editions coming into your hands.
It is clear from these letters that when the Olympia Press first published this edition of The Ginger Man, the inner flaps of the dustwrapper contained some account of the ongoing court case between Girodias and Donleavy. Fearing, perhaps on legal advice, that publication of this information might be construed as contempt of court and/or hamper his case, Girodias had the flaps removed and substituted with others carrying less sensitive letterpress. These new flaps are on different paper to the dustwrapper, having a sort of rough, matt finish. Why a whole new batch of wrappers weren’t printed instead it is hard to say, but it may have been because of the expense of additional colour printing.
In December 1997, a copy of the first issue of this edition, with the original flaps, was offered for sale by Quill & Brush Books (P.O. Box 5365, Rockville, MD 20848). A copy of the litigious text was, with great generosity, supplied to the compiler by Quill & Brush Books, and is here reproduced:

THE STORY OF THE GINGER MAN

The story of this remarkable and now famous book is an unusually complicated one. J. P. Donleavy submitted his manuscript to us four years ago, after it had been rejected by several British and American publishers because of its rather raw unconventionality, and because Donleavy definitely refused to leave out any of the rawness and unconventionality. We agreed to publish it provided that some amendments should be brought to the form and style of this novel ,an exuberant first book. This was done, and The Ginger Man appeared in Paris in 1955.
In December 1956, another edition of the book was published in London, unauthorized by us, and rather badly expurgated by the second publisher, as a protection against the implacable vigilance of British censorship. However, the job was so barbarously done that it resulted in the destruction of many of the genuine qualities of the book.
Litigation was initiated by us, and the London publisher adopted the following line of defence: a British Court could not admit the validity of the Donleavy- Olympia Press contract because its object was of an illegal nature, i.e. an obscene book; therefore, their own contract with the author, the second contract, was to be considered the only valid one, its object being a book (the same) dutifully maimed, shorn, and disencumbered from all Rabelaisian appendages.
The laws of Great Britain being what they are, our solicitors warned us in alarm that the line of defence adopted by our adversaries was far from futile; the grave accusation of obscenity, even unsupported, was to raise such echoes in a British Court that we were in danger of losing our case, however unjust such an outcome, however devious the methods of the Defendants.
Our first reaction was unmitigated fury; then we remembered that we had acquired a rather dark fame in England in the past few years as Continental publishers of the outlaw works of Jean Genet, of Henry Miller, of Samuel Beckett, of de Sade, and that we were known as the discoverers and champions of this magnificent masterpiece, Vladimir Nabokovřs Lolita. We reluctantly understood that our solicitors were right.
We were then struck by this major, illuminating discovery: why shouldn’t we withdraw the ladder from under the agile feet of our adversaries? The means were simple, and the prospect healthy: we would ourselves publish an edition of The Ginger Man for sale in England, under our contract also expurgated, but within the limits of reason, and with all due concern for the literary merit of the book.
And this volume is the result. If the London edition is free from the accusation of obscenity, then this edition also is; only we have kept in many sections and passages necessary for the balance, meaning and colour of the book, which the London publisher had suppressed for no discernible reason. And whatever expurgations we have been compelled to perform, we have tried to perform intelligently; we therefore presume that this edition of The Ginger Man deserves even more fully than the London one these comments of the British Press:
A triumph. Manchester Guardian. Sheer excess of horseplay, violence and vitamins. Observer. Has fire enough for a dozen books. Sunday Times. Remarkably authentic and Joycean. New Statesman. Comic dirty and delightful. The Listener, etc., etc.
Whether the British Customs did seize the shipment, as Donleavy states that Girodias claims, is problematical. Certainly, before about 1980 this edition of the novel was all but unknown, but about that year a considerable number of copies emerged almost simultaneously at London book fairs and similar functions. It is possible that the Customs sat on them until the dust settled, and then sold them secretly to a wholesaler who in turn filtered them out into the London book trade, but this seems unlikely. Nevertheless, somebody kept them under wraps for more than twenty years.

Replacement Flaps

The second state dustjacket is identical to the first except the inside flaps are cancels. The front inside flap carries, within a double-line frame, the outer line being heavier than the inner, a short unsigned note concerning The Ginger Man, and refers to the many cuts made in the Neville Spearman edition of the novel published in London. The present edition is admitted to having been cut as well, but much less so, and has therefore gained considerably in vigour and quality, and fully deserves the universal acclaim of the British Press. Brief plaudits are then quoted from reviews in The Manchester Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, &c. The back inside flap carries, within an identical border, advertisements for three other Olympia Press novels, Samuel Beckett’s Molloy and Watt, and Paul Ableman’s I Hear Voices, the first of which is priced at 13/6 and the other two at 15/- respectively, which are said to be DISTRBUTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BY A. ZWEMMER LTD., |72 Charing Cross Road, | London WC2.

With the exception of the cancel flaps and the NOT TO BE SOLD… sticker, copies with the second state dustjacket are identical to copies with the first state dustjacket.

Also See

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

New into the Collection: Naked Lunch in dust wrapper, with a story attached.

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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New into the Collection: Lessons in Love,Marjorie Cartwright, Odyssey Library Copenhagen 1963

One that i was beginning to wonder if i would ever see a copy but here it is and very welcome too, many thanks to my new contact Jacques, who improved my collection with three boxes of books, even if nearly 100 were New York Olympia titles, this one did appear in the New York series but here is the real thing.

As always the bibliographical description is courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number corresponds to the actual location of the description in the bibliography.


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.

Keen to find other copies of this title and any others in the series.

New into the Collection: Flesh Raffle, Jim Dobbs, Odyssey Library Copenhagen 1963

In all its battered glory, the first new addition to my primary collection for some weeks, and a very important find for me.


Very pleased to add this one but still looking for others in this series, do not mind having multiple copies as this improves my trading options.


As always the bibliographical description is courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number corresponds to the actual location of the description in the bibliography.


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.

See also:

Books Wanted Odyssey Library

Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.


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

– See more at LINK

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


See LINK:

Essex House, North Hollywood California

New into the Collection: Paris Olympia Press, Price list/ Order Form Summer Autumn 1955

A special item, in that it is the first piece of ephemera ever donated to my collection, and although very fragile and flimsy I am absolutely delighted with it, and share the sentiment, in the covering letter that came with it, my grateful thanks to Ezra of Alta- Glamour,formerly Ivan Stormgart Books.

Olympia Leaflet Books 1955_0007


14.3.1 1955 (Summer-Autumn).

Olympia Leaflet Books 1955_0001

Tri-fold advertising, price list and order form, measuring 10.0 x 27.0 cm and printed in blue and black on thin white paper.

Olympia Leaflet Books 1955_0006

Includes the first fifteen titles of the Traveller’s Companion series, and (inexplicably) six Atlantic Library titles that are said to be out of print.

Olympia Leaflet Books 1955_0005

In addition, a number of the earlier Olympia titles by Sade, Miller, Apollinaire, &c. are listed with brief promotional blurbs.

Olympia Leaflet Books 1955_0004

Lolita and The Naked Beast at Heaven‘s Gate are both advertised as appearing on July 31st., the later with an elaborate limitation.

Olympia Leaflet Books 1955_0003

Nexus is announced for publication the following year.

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Notes: The address of the Olympia Press at this time was 8 rue de Nesle.


Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007.


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New into the Collection: Quiet Days in Clichy, Henry Miller. First Edition

A really good find, and the best copy I have seen in the last 10 years, you would not believe the trouble that I went to to finally get this in my hands, but now I have it a near fine copy, which is still resistant to being opened, hence the images are restricted to the cover and the title page.

1.16.1 QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY Henry Miller, 1956

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First and original edition | HENRY MILLER | QUIET DAYS | IN | CLICHY | Photographs by | BRASSAÏ | THE |OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6 | 1956 Collation: 176 pp. [1]-[22]4; the final gathering is actually signed 21, but should be 22 because due to a printer’s error the fourth and fifth gatherings are both signed 4 causing all subsequent statements to be off by 1. 17.5 x 10.5 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on thick, white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] QUIET DAYS | IN |CLICHY, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] FOR A |COMPLETE LIST OF HENRY MILLER’S WORKS | ON SALE IN FRANCE, | WRITE TO : | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6 | Printed in France | [rule] | All rights reserved by Henry Miller. Copyright 1956. pp. 7-171, text. p. [172] blank. p. [173] PRINTED BY | IMPRIMERIE MAZARINE | AND IMPRIMERIE AULARD, | PARIS, | IN JULY 1956 | FOR | THE OLYMPIA PRESS, | 8 rue de Nesle, Paris 6e | PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Dépôt légal, 3e trimestre 1956. pp. [174-176] blank. Sixteen pages of plates interspersed through the text.

Binding: Thick card wrappers, with abstract design in black, gold, grey and white across front cover, spine and back cover. Thin gray free endpapers.

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Frontcover; title and author printed in black within gold panel, superimposed over grey designs: HENRY MILLER | QUIET DAYS | IN CLICHY. Printed in black within gold panel: With photographs by Brassaï.

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Printed in black yellow panel on back cover: THE OLYMPIA PRESS. At the foot of front inside flap: COVER DESIGN BY T. [Shinkichi] TAJIRI. Back inside flap blank. Notes: (1) Some copies of this edition have been reported in which the plates have a gloss finish instead of a matt finish. See: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Dr. James F. O‘Roark Collection of the Works of Henry Miller (Santa Barbara: Joseph the Provider, catalogue 22, item A182). The compilers of this catalogue noted that their copy lacked the colophon, and so were unable to say whether this copy represents a special issue or whether it received individual attention. However, a letter from Roger Jackson, Henry Miller’s bibliographer, to the present author dated October 22, 1992, indicates that in all respects save the difference in photographs the copies he’d examined with matt and glossy plates were identical. It would seem that trial copies of the first edition with illustrations in both states were run off, perhaps to determine which looked better. Since copies with matt plates are more common one must assume that this design prevailed, but that the few copies with the glossy plates were released with the main print run rather than merely destroyed. (2) In William Ashley’s copy of this edition there is only one signature numbered 4 (on p. 33), and yet the arrangement of the stitching and faulty numeration of the later signatures is identical to the compiler’s copy. The only way I can account for this is to think because the signatures are located close to the edge of the leaf, in Mr. Ashley‘s copy the signature was missed during printing or cut off during the trimming/binding process. (3) Prosecuted on May 5th, 1959 under article 14 of the 1949 law.

Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number indicates the actual location of the description within the bibliography.

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New into the Collection: Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov. Olympia Press 1955 (First edition)

Something of a triumph this, purchased on eBay at a very good price and a much better copy than many listed on book sites a twice the price and more. An interesting point with this two volume set, is the second state status, it has because of the price increase stickers, which are actually easily removed, but I rather like them, and have never seen a copy with the stickers on before, presumably because book-dealers tend to remove them. The over price sticker only indicates that the books were not sold until after 1961, when the Franc was revalued. Also the stickers are a much preferable effect than the alternative which is either a  ink stamped over price, or even the price being completely obliterated.


As a New into the Collection title, these books are not available for sale or trade.


Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007.


1.13.1 LOLITA Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

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VLADIMIR NABOKOV | LOLITA | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: two volumes. 192, 224 pp. Vol. 1: 1*-6*16. Vol. 2: 1**-7**16. 17.0 x 10.7 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: Vol. 1: pp. [i,ii] blank. p. [1] LOLITA, reverse blank. p. [3] title, as above. p. [4] All rights reserved in all countries. | Copyright 1955 by V. Nabokov and The Olympia Press . p. [5], PART ONE, reverse blank. pp. 7-10, Foreword by John Ray, Jr. Ph.D. [numeration skips pp. 11-12.] pp. 13-188, text. p. [189] blank. p. [190] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed in August 1955 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 3e 1955 .

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Vol. 2: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] LOLITA, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] All rights reserved in all countries. | Copyright 1955 by V. Nabokov and The Olympia Press . p.[7], PART TWO, reverse blank. pp. 9-223, text. p. [224] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed in August 1955 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1955 .

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Binding: Green wrappers, printed in black. Front cover framed within 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. Front cover: VLADIMIR NABOKOV | LOLITA |Volume One | THE | OLYMPIA | PRESS.

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Binding: Green wrappers, printed in black. Front cover framed within 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. Front cover: VLADIMIR NABOKOV | LOLITA |Volume  Two]| THE | OLYMPIA | PRESS

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Spine: [printed up spine, within a white panel edged in black:] *  LOLITA.

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Spine: [printed up spine, within a white panel edged in black:] ** LOLITA.

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Back cover: [at bottom right:] Francs : 900. (Over price Sticker FRANCS 1200)

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Back cover: [at bottom right:] Francs : 900. (Over price Sticker FRANCS 1200)

Notes: (1) Suppressed on December 10th, 1956 under the decree of May 1939 (article 14 of the law of July 29th 1881 sur la liberté de la presse), designed to combat politically and morally offensive périodiques et ouvrages de provenance étrangère. (2) Prosecuted on July 11th. 1958 under article 14 of a law passed on 16th July 1949 concerning the manner in which books, periodicals, &c. of an erotic character, could be sold, displayed and advertised. (3) This is the true first edition. It appeared in the distinctive green wrappers of the Traveller’s Companion Series, but not numbered and lacks any indication of being part of a series. Hence it is treated here as a general Olympia Press publication and not part of the TCS. See 7.66. (4) A handsome facsimile reprint of the first edition of Lolita was published in 1983 by the First Edition Library, Shelton, Connecticut, by arrangement with Alfred Knopf. It was issued in clamshell box covered in undressed buckram, with green leather labels blocked in gilt. The reprint was one of three that were done of scandalous modern works, the others being Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and James Joyce’s Ulysses.


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New into the Collection: The Naked Beast at Heavens Gate: Pierre Angelique [Georges Bataille], The Olympia Press 1956

A very elusive title, years ago it used to be its sister volume “A Tale of Satisfied Desire”, that was the harder to find, now there are several copies of that title and none of this one. Hence the decision to procure it despite having the flaw of the previous owner having stamped it on multiple pages.

As a New into the Collection title this book is not available for sale or trade.


1.15.1 THE NAKED BEAST AT HEAVEN’S GATE 1956

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 PIERRE ANGELIQUE | THE | NAKED | BEAST | AT |HEAVENS | GATE | Translated from the French | by Audiart | With a Preface | by Georges Bataille | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 rue de Nesle, Paris 6 | 1956 Collation: 50 pp. No signatures. [A-F]4; the final gathering has a cancel leaf, unsigned but [F]5 and comprising pp. [49-50], attached to the recto of [F]1. 18.1 x 13.0 cm, all edges trimmed. Printed on thick, white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-4] blank. p. [5] THE | NAKED | BEAST | AT | HEAVEN’S | GATEř. p. [6] [rule] | All rights reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press. p. [7] title, as above, reverse blank. p. [9] ―Death is the most ter- | rible thing of all; and to | maintain its works is what | requires the greatest of |all strength.‖ | HEGEL.. p. [10] blank. pp. 11-21 Introduction, signed by Georges Bataille. p. [22] blank. p. [23] single brief paragraph, beginning: If you are one such as knows any dread at all, read this book…ŗ, reverse blank. p. [25] single brief paragraph in large caps., headed: DIVINUS DEUS, reverse blank. pp. 27-45, text. p. [46] blank. p. [47] PRINTED IN FRANCE | IN JUNE 1956, BY S.I.P., | MONTREUIL, FOR | THE OLYMPIA PRESS, | 8, rue de Nesle, Paris 6 | [rule] | Dépôt légal 2e trimestre 1956. pp. [48-50] blank.

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Binding: Plain white wrappers trimmed flush with body of the book, under dark green dustjacket printed in black, with front cover framed by border of white, six-pointed stars. Front cover: PIERRE ANGELIQUE | [double rule in white, with thicker lower rule:] THE | NAKED BEAST | AT | HEAVEN’S GATE | [double rule in white, with thicker upper rule:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS.

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Spine: [reading up spine; horizontally:] THE | OLYM- | PIA | PRESS [reading vertically:] The Naked Beast at Heaven’s Gate [-] PIERRE | ANGELIQUE.

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Back cover: [in caps along bottom:] PRICE: FRANCS 1,200 [-] PRINTED IN FRANCE.

Notes: A translation, by Austryn Wainhouse, of Georges Bataille’s Madame Edwarda, a work first published in 1941 by Robert Godet with the false impress Editions de Solitaire, 1937. According to an Olympia Press catalogue issued in late 1955, The Naked Beast at Heaven‘s Gate was to have been published in an edition of just 500 copies, with the limitation as follows: ten copies lettered A – J (35,000 Francs). Forty copies, numbered I – XL (17,500 Francs).  450 copies, numbered 1 – 450. The ten lettered and forty numbered copies were to have been illustrated with etchings by Hans Bellmer. In a letter to the present author dated January 8th 1979, M. Girodias succinctly explained his reasons for abandoning this very limited edition in favour of the 1200 Franc trade edition, as described above: …I felt that there was no market for it. Hans Bellmerřs engravings were too sophisticated for the U.S. 6th Fleet. In letters to the present writer (dated January 11th 1976 and December 8th 1995), Mr. Wainhouse says that the choice of the English title for this work was decided by Girodias to prevent the authorities from making any connection between the English text and the French original. Mr. Wainhouse writes: Girodias did not want to call the English versions of Histoire de l‘oeil and Madame Edwarda by any title that would prompt the police, whom he thought of as blind fools, to notice their connection with the French texts. So it had to be anything but Madame Edwarda; and what Girodias and I came up with was indeed anything but.  Mr. Wainhouse adds: At about the same period [as these books were published, Girodias] refused to consider publishing an English version of [Bataille’s] Le Mort.

Bibliographical Detail courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007.

The Index number corresponds to the actual location of this description in the book


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