Pleased to announce that, I have obtained a small selection of 4 of the seven titles, written and published by Jean Vergerie, under the La Collection de l’Églantine. imprint.
For which detailed history and creative text, will be provided by my good friend Christophe Bier.
Also coming soon but a much larger project, is the listing and detailed imagery of some 60 Charles Carrington publications, which will be listed in brief as Books for Trade, But will be the basis for my New Collection for Bibliophiles, for which access to, will require a subscription.
The contents of this collection include both openly published and clandestine titles, many illustrated, by the Likes of Van Maele, Avril, Fredillo, as well classical illustrators.
Many copies in mint unopened condition, and a significant number ,where previous description were from “catalogue only”, including some wonderfully decorated examples of the printers, and bookbinders art of the late Victorian period, as well the inimitable engravings of Eugene d’Ete.
There will also be a supplement to this of a small collection of works published by Isidore Liseux, Augustine Brancart, Jules Gay, and Henry Kistaemackers.
Supplementary information and collection history provided by Michael Neale, and bibliographical information courtesy of S.A. Perry.
Finally I am going to link my existing listings with illustrations by Van Maele and add significant others by him to another New Collection, again with the kind support of S.A Perry.
I am embarking on a short list, of titles which are all , what I refer to as rescued books, this is because although the general condition is at best Fair to Good, they are such rare titles that their importance outweighs any consideration of condition.
This also provides a useful reminder that these are real books and not just pictures lifted from the web. All new listings will at some point switch from Books for Trade to Books for Sale, as I am now able to take direct payment via PayPal, which enables me to cut out the middle men, and offer substantial discounts. I will list books firstly as a bibliographical exercise, edited for the best visual presentation, but when upgraded to “For Sale”I will insert a detailed description of all faults, defects and any missing illustrations, along with a link to a PDF of images, which anyone can download.
I have a very large number of books to list, as well as revisions on legacy titles which are still in my possession. Look out for and also search “Books for Sale”, if you are interested in purchasing anything please ask. My direct sales offer a significant discount over third party sales platforms. In future only modern (post 1965) books will be listed on my eBay account, as I do not want modern books on this site. I am not sending any books to auction for the foreseeable future on any platform.
Strange Times indeed, it is good to be back and be in the challenging situation of deciding what to do next. I have a very large number of rare and beautiful books to post on the site and will do so at my usual sedate pace, much of the joy for me is in the research.
As those who follow the site will be aware, I have for many years been swapping and selling books, sometimes direct and other times as on eBay or Catawiki. With pretty much immediate effect, or as soon as I can work out how to add the button to my posts, I will be offering certain books for sale direct on the site via my long established PayPal account.
I am only able to make the site viable because I am prepared to purchase incomplete or sometimes damaged copies, alongside some very fine copies which I have been lucky enough to hunt down. Recently, followers have started to engage and contribute with information to complete and compliment my listings, this is really pleasing as it makes the site work as a collectors forum, which was always my primary ambition.
As for the collection, my Paris Olympia Press books, I still have them and resist the temptation of selling them, without them the site would lose its heart and I might well lose heart myself. 40 years of collecting cannot be paid for in cash terms, and although they will have to be sold at some point in time, I cannot let them go unless it as as a complete collection and to a good home.
Please do ask questions about the books and the collection, About 90% of the books listed are no longer in my possession, but the blog is a permanent record of their existence and there for anyone to enjoy for whatever reason may motivate them. I still seek ephemeral material and a couple of variant titles for my Paris Olympia collection and I am always pleased to be offered material for, or answer question about the collection.
I have a number of books already listed which I intend to list for sale on the site. I appear to be having some conflicts between Classic and Block editing on my WordPress platform. I prefer Classic because that is the established format for the site and I am familiar with it, but it appears that if I inset a payment button it switches everything to Block! Any advice much appreciated.
Back at last and with an interesting and puzzling edition, which has little in the way of background material to research, there are a few auction records, but as yet I have not found a record of a copy with all the illustrations. The information I can offer is lifted from : Martin Van Maele: An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist by S. A. Perry which is available on line and linked at the base of the page.
The present copy is, as often is the case with my books, incomplete, having 10 of the 12 illustrations called for, consisting of the frontispiece and 9 engraved plates, as always I request your assistance with ” filling the gaps”, so if anyone has copy of the illustrations required to complete the set, I would be happy to post them on this listing and credit the donor.
Update. 01/06/2020. My thanks to Kyle Strom, for directing me to Luc Binet’s: “Martin Van Maele: ou le diable se cache dans les détails (catalogue raisonné)”, and especially for providing a copy of an image missing from the present volume.
An image I had thought might me the mysterious 12th plate, turned out to be listed in an auction of yet another clandestine edition from 1905 with the artist credited as Fredillo. I am cautious about such matters as I am aware of at least one other title where Van Maele illustrations had been accredited to Fredillo. To avoid confusion I will return to this under a separate post.
Despite the grand claim to be published as part of the series,I cannot locate any other titles in this series by this publisher and given that Mitylene is an ancient archaeological site on Lesbos, we have the ingredients that identify this as a clandestine publication .In this case the publisher is Georges Briffaut, who used the Mitylene location with a number of other descriptors as his clandestine cover, for a small number of titles. With thanks again to S.A Perry, I can offer the following information:- The Leonhardt copy contains a frontispiece + 10 engravings, the Faur copy contains 10 of the 12 etchings, and the Perceau copy contains 11 of the 12 engravings. From the cover: Nouvelle entref illustrée de douze plances hors–texte à l’eau–forte de A. Van Troizem . Briffaut previously published a unique edition in Paris in 1910. Square 8vo. 222pp. Printed on Japon Impérial paper with 41 original watercolors, full page and in-text, by Van Maele. Carrington published an English translation in 1901 titled Correspondence Between Two Young Parisian Ladies . Poulet–Malassis originally published this title in 1868 [although possibly earlier according to Pia 704]
In my opinion the illustrations here, owe a significant debt to those produced by Avril for the 1905 Clandestine Hirsch edition. Listed elsewhere on this site and linked below.
Un été à la Campagne LE CHEFS-D’ŒUVRES DE LA LITÉRATURE GALANTE | [rule] | CORRESPONDANCE | DE DEUX JEUNES PARISIENNES | RECUEILLIE PAR | UN AUTEUR À MODE | [decoration] | À MITYLÈNE | CHEZ LES LIBRAIRIES ASSOCIÉS (Briffaut)  8vo. (19.3 x 14.2 cm). 186 pp. 10 of 12 hors-texte etchings done in black by Van Troizem, (Martin van Maele). In original publishers card covers printed in red and black, general wear to covers , contents loose and shaken, the illustrations originally tipped in and indexed with roman numerals are now loose.
Well no one is likely to know where this came from or who created it but possibly, might know whether there is a name for this kind of erotic trickery. I don’t know the answer but would like to find out. This item was discovered tucked into a book.
This piece of erotic ephemera has age, it is printed or possibly inked onto a piece of parchment like paper measuring (20.5 x 13.5 cm), it has a sharp crease through the centre allowing the image to be folded in on itself, which when held to the light produces an erotic scene in silhouette.
Any information or questions, please leave a comment or even a like.
Possibly later today, but in the meantime I want to share my new invention with you which also is the introduction of a new form fetishistic practice, I call it Bibliondage, or BBDSM. It is a methodology for disciplining books that will not lay flat enough to be scanned,I hope the following images will be self explanatory.
Rest assured the book is suitably repentant, and locked in a glass case, until such a time I can dispose of it.
I have to warn you the results are far from perfect, but with one fully functional hand and a limited budget, one must be creative, feel free to make your own,
Ingredients: One, 12 kg Kettle Bell, 2 perspex bookends (Large), 1 rubber band (Medium) ( or more to taste).
Detailed assembly instructions available on request
After another long absence, I return with some very rare ephemera from the Paris Olympia Press. Listed here only briefly, I will post more detailed descriptions if there is any interest.
I shall in the coming days post some more illustrated erotica, in particular some material from the now defunct Erotic Print Society.
I am still considering letting my Olympia Press collection go to a new home, but in the mean time I continue to seek the few missing items.
The New Paris Teaser
The New Stripteaser
Olympia Press Catalogue 1960
The above items are all rare, but none so rare as the New Stripteaser, no copy has ever been in any of the major collections, and at the time the last bibliography as released, it was only identified as having been mentioned in a catalogue.
The Burroughs 1960 catalogue, is now a rarity because of the Burroughs connection.
I am still seeking 2 Teasers, “The Paris Teaser” and “Paris Exotique”, the English and French versions of the same publication.
Les Jeux du Plaisir et de la Volupté par une Femme du Monde, avec 16 illustrations.ANONYME [Johannes GROS]
Published by Paris, Au boudoir secret, (1906).1906 [i.e. circa 1936] 1 volume in-8 (19.5 x 13 cm), paperback, 248- (1) pages. 16 illustrations in black inset. Printed cover in color. Volume in very good condition. Reference: Dutel, Bibliography of erotic works published clandestinely between 1920 and 1970, n ° 1795, indicates: “Original edition published around 1936. It is decorated with 16 illustrations.The book comes out of Darantière presses in Dijon. Johannes Gros is the sequel to the libertine confessions. ” The advertised print is 600 copies on tinted vergé and 25 copies on vellum Arches. This one, 1 of 600 copies on tinted laid. Very good copy of this book sympathetically illustrated (The illustrations have remained anonymous but are in the style of Luc Lafnet). Very explicit pornographic text.
Docteur Caufeynon [ Fauconney, Jean ], Le Mariage et son Hygiène,Rapports Sexuels, Librairie Artistique, May 1934. Cover and 4 hors-texte by Carlo.
In original colour illustrated paper covers (spine taped). (12 x 18.5 cm), 176 pp + 12,table and other titles.4 hors-texte illustrations on glossy paper, multiple decorative chapter headings.
Jean Fauconney est probablement un médecin français qui a publié divers ouvrages, dans le premier quart du 20e siècle, traitant de phénomènes sexuels variés, sous son patronyme ou sous les pseudonymes du Dr. Caufeynon, du Dr. Eynon, du Dr. Jaf.