For the majority of my books for sale this is now my sole outlet. I had been listing most of the extremely rare flagellation material, such as the Select Bibliotheque, Collection L’Eglantine and the Carlo illustrated titles on eBay, unfortunately most of them have been deleted by eBay, and as I do not want to lose my account with them after nearly 20 years, I will not be listing this material on eBay in future. These books still appear on this site as Books for Sale, and I am happy to take any enquiries via the contact form.
Equally auction sales have been impacted because of post Brexit import duties from the UK to EU and I am gradually being squeezed for funding to source any new material.
I will resume listing on this site, although much of my remaining material is not illustrated. It seems likely that my adventure with this blog will end in the not too distant future, simply through lack of material. I will keep you updated.
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Something of an oddity, but nevertheless an interesting edition of this title originally published in 1882(3), this 1923 clandestine edition, is accompanied by a suite of 16 illustrations specific to this edition by Nicolas Sternberg, and a selection of illustrations from earlier editions, 5 by Van Maele, from the Carrington edition of 1908, a frontispiece by Rops from the 1921 edition and 5 by Bayros, from a source I cannot identify. This book differs from other copies in that the illustrations are hand coloured. Altogether a rare and interesting edition of this erotica.
SIRE DE CHAMBLEY (Edmond HARAUCOURT), La Légende des Sexes. Poèmes hystériques. Bruxelles, Pour l’auteur, (vers 1923). In-4, 143-(3) pp. et (27) planches libres, broché (manque de papier en tête du dos). Tirage limité à 380 exemplaires, ici un des 350 Hollande vergé (non justifié). Complet des 27 planches érotiques d’après Félicien Rops, Martin Van Maele, Nicolas Sternberg et Franz Von Bayros, dont 24 coloriées à la main et une dont le coloris n’est pas fini. * Dutel 1840.
This Book: In original publishers card covers printed in blue and black (28.5 x 19 cm)143-(3) pp. and (27) loose illustrations, paperback (lack of paper at the head of the spine). Draw limited to 380 copies, here one of the 350 Holland (unjustified). Complete with the 27 erotic plates after Félicien Rops(1), Martin Van Maele(5), Nicolas Sternberg(16) and Franz Von Bayros(5), including 24 hand-coloured and one whose colour is not finished. Dutel 1840.
The reference to Dutel presumably says the same but in French.
QU’EN PENSEZ-VOUS? n.p., n.d. [c.1958] (Losfeld). In original, publishers textured cream coloured card covers, title in purple on front cover, otherwise completely anonymous. (23 x 14.5 cm),blank ffep, half title, Title Page, blank verso, followed by 21 illustrations on 22 pages (inc 1 double page illustration) all printed in black on thick card. Absolutely no text or publication details.
The Select-Bibliothèque was one of several publishing houses specializing in fetish material that flourished in Paris during the first half of the twentieth century. Like the others, notably Jean Fort’s ‘Orties Blanches’ series and the ‘Librairie Artistique et Editions Parisiennes Reunies’ of Paul Brenet, the books of the Select Bibliothèque were published openly. Occasionally a title would cross some mysterious line and be prosecuted, but in general, since there was no sex in the conventional sense, these publishers were left to their devices by the authorities.
Despite the openness of these books, the publisher of the Select Bibliothèque remains unknown, at least to this cataloguer. Paul Jérôme writes of Don Brennus Aléra as being “un (ou plusieurs) des pourvoyeurs de l’editeur parisien Massy…”(Dictionnaire des œuvres érotiques, Paris: Mercure de France,1971, p. 484). In fact, Massy was where the earliest books in the series were published. The almost anagramitic similarity of the names of the authors of most of the books – Bernard Valonnes, Don Brennus Aléra, Roland Brevannes – suggests a single hand at work, and one that spanned in excess of 30 years. And it might not be unreasonable to think that the author was also the publisher.
For detailed information of the authors and series follow the link.
NOTE: The entry for this particular book is incorrect.
Books for Sale, Aléra, Don Brennus. Le Journal d’une flagellée, Select-Bibliothèque, Sceaux (Seine) 1909.illustrated by Tack.
In original publishers, thin paper covers illustrated by Tack, in rust brown and green with black and white lettering, No 15 in bottom RH corner, title author and series with number printed in green on spine. Select Bibliotheque motif in red and green on back cover. Total, 148 pages, (List of 54 titles and 6 English language variant titles, on verso of Half title) (inc editors note), plus 8 full page illustrations by Tack in pairs on facing pages.(19 x 12.5 cm)
Paper covers ill fitting but fixed, splitting to cover at back, tail of spine, general wear. Extraordinarily rare in any condition and even more so complete.
illustrations by Tack
Tack 1 & 2
Tack 3 + 4
Tack 5 + 6
Tack 7 & 8
This Book is for Sale
Aléra, Don Brennus. Le Journal d’une flagellée, Select-Bibliothèque, Sceaux (Seine) 1909.illustrated by Tack.
Serious enquiries only please. To discuss condition and price, or to offer any information, or ask any questions please complete the contact form.
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.