Books for Trade: List, Traveller’s Companion Series (Part 3)

.The continuing saga of my Traveller’s Companion duplicates, as with other listings, bibliographical detail courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007. The numerical index (example 5.23.1, is the location of the description in the bibliography.

Each listing is:- title, image (actual book), bibliographical description, followed by number of copies available, and brief note on condition. Extra images and full description of condition on request.


5.23.1 ROMAN ORGY Marcus Van Heller [John Stevenson], 1956

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MARCUS VAN HELLER | ROMAN | ORGY | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. 23.1-23.616, 23.78. 17.6 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] ROMAN | ORGY. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p.[5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[207], text. p. [208] catalogue listing vols. 1, 4-29 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series and Lolita, with printing details at foot of page: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | PRINTED APRIL 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1956. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] MARCUS VAN HELLER | ROMAN | ORGY | no 23 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 23 [-] ROMAN ORGY. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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.

One Copy about good, extra images and detailed description on request.


5.24.1 HEAVEN, HELL AND THE WHORE Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson] 1956

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ROBERT DESMOND | HEAVEN, | HELL | AND | THE WHORE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES |published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 256 pp. 24.1-24.816. 17.5 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] HEAVEN, | HELL | AND | THE WHORE. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p.[5] title, as above. p. [6] Dedicated to my dear Teddie, without whose help this | book would have been written much more quickly. pp. 7-251, text. pp. [252-256] catalogue, with short descriptive notes, of vols. 1, 4-27 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series, and of Lolita and Justine, with printing details at foot of p. [256]: PRINTED JUNE 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE |Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1956. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] ROBERT DESMOND | HEAVEN | HELL | AND | THE WHORE | no 24 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION |SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 24 [-] HEAVEN HELL AND THE WHORE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900.
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.

2 copies , one very good, one fair, extra images and detailed description of condition on request.


5.25.1 THONGS Carmencita de las Lunas [Alexander Trocchi] 1956

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CARMENCITA DE LAS LUNAS | THONGS | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris VIe Collation: 192 pp. [1]-616. Signatures printed with the series no. and title at the foot of the left-hand side of the leaf and a number at the foot of the right-hand side, save the first, which is signed with the series no. and title only. 17.5 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THONGS. p. [4] [rule] |All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia | Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-184, text. pp. [185,186] blank. pp. 187-189 catalogue, with short descriptive notes, of vols. 1-25 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series. p. [190] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Imprimerie Spéciale des Éditions The Olympia Press | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956. pp. [191,2] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] CARMENCITA DE LAS LUNAS | THONGS | no 25 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 25 [-] THONGS. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: (1) Mr Steve Mullins reports a copy of Thongs in his collection which has no printer information or dates, but… appears to be the genuine article. Perhaps a later reprint by Girodias. (2) 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. (3) 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.

One copy Very Good.Extra images and detailed description of condition on request.


5.26.1 WHO PUSHED PAULA? Akbar del Piombo [Norman Rubington], 1956

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AKBAR DEL PIOMBO | WHO | PUSHED | PAULA | ? |THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 192 pp. 26.1-26.616. 17.5 x 11.2 cm.., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] WHO | PUSHED | PAULA | ?ř. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[187], text,Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] AKBAR DEL PIOMBO | WHO | PUSHED | PAULA | ? |no 26 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 26 [-] WHO PUSHED PAULA?[Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: (1) In an advertising flyer dated January 1956, in the collection of Angus Carroll, the author of Who Pushed Paula? is given as ‘Albert Gravesend.’ (2) The compiler has a second copy of this edition which presents considerable bibliographical challenges. The collation is eccentric, comprising twelve gatherings of eight leaves apiece, unsigned save the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th and 11th which are designated 26.2 through 26.6 respectively. These signatures fall on the same pages as the copy under notice, but with no obvious relevance to the stitching of the gatherings. In addition there are two blank cancel leaves, out of sequence of the pagination, the first preceding p. [1] and the other following p. [192], in the manner of endpapers. The book is also noticeably larger, measuring 18.0 x 11.4 cm. In all other respects, the book is the same. (3) 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. (4) 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. with printing details at foot of p. [187]: [rule] | PRINTED FEBRUARY 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956 pp. [188-191] catalogue, with short descriptive notes, of vols. 1-27 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series, and of Lolita and Justine . p. [192] blank.

One copy Poor very worn, but complete.


5.27.1 SKIRTS Akbar del Piombo [Norman Rubington], 1956

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AKBAR DEL PIOMBO | SKIRTS | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. 27.1-27.616, 27.78. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] SKIRTS. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-200, text. pp. [201-204] catalogue, with short descriptive notes, of vols. 1, 4-27 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series, and of Lolita and Justine . p. [205] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | PRINTED MARCH 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956. pp. [206-208] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] AKBAR DEL PIOMBO | SKIRTS | no 27 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 27 [-] SKIRTS. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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 copies 1 Fine, 2 Very Good, extra images and detailed description on request.


5.28.1 SARABANDE FOR A BITCH Mickey Dikes [pseud.], 1956

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MICKEY DIKES | SARABANDE | FOR | A BITCH | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. 28.1-28.616, 28.78. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] SARABANDE | FOR | A BITCH. p. [4] catalogue listing vols. 1, 4-29 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series and Lolita. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] [rule] | All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France pp. 7-208, text with, at foot of p. [208], printing details: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | PRINTED APRIL 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1956. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] MICKEY DIKES | SARABANDE | FOR | A BITCH | no 28 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 28 [-] SARABANDE FOR A BITCH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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 copies 2 very good, 1 good. Extra images and detailed description of condition on request.


5.30.1 CRUEL LIPS Marcus Van Heller [John Stevenson], 1956

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MARCUS [reduced] VAN HELLER | CRUEL LIPS | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6 Collation: 192 pp. 30.1-30.616. 18.0 x 11.4 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] CRUEL LIPSř. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] catalogue of vols. 7 and 8, and 15-32 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series. pp. 7-190, text. p. [191] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | PRINTED JULY 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1956. p. [192] blank.
Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] MARCUS VAN HELLER | CRUEL | LIPS | no 30 | THE |TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 30 [-] CRUEL LIPS. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: The catalogue on p. [6] gives a box number address: The Olympia Press, B.P. 82.06 Paris 6, France.

2 Copies both Very Good


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Traveller’s Companion Series List 2

Books For Trade: List Traveller’s Companion Series (Part 2)

 Listing of titles available in the Traveller’s companion series, image, bibliographical description, note on number of copies available, and condition. For more information on individual titles post a comment on this blog and I will send images and full description. (I also request your forbearance with the presentation of the pages whilst I experiment with fonts and  image sizes)

NOTE: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DETAIL COURTESY OF Patrick Kearney . The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007. Index numbers, Example (5.3.1) are description locations within the publication.


Traveller’s Companion Series No 15

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5.15.1 ROGUE WOMEN Nicholas Cutter [pseud.], 1955

NICHOLAS CUTTER | ROGUE | WOMAN | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 168 pp. [15.1]-15.516, 15.64. 17.7 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] ROGUE | WOMEN, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] Printed in France | [rule] |All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris. p. [7] quotation from Sir Robert Bruce Lokhart [sic], Memoirs of a British Agent, reverse blank. pp. 9-[161] text. p. [162] blank. p. [163] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed in June 1955 by Imprimerie Richard, Paris | Dépôt légal : 2e, trimestre 1955. p. [164] blank. p. [165] catalogue of vols. 1-15 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series. pp. [166-8] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] NICHOLAS CUTTER | ROGUE | WOMEN | no 15 | THE |TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 15 [-] ROGUE WOMEN. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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.

One Copy Image, general wear pulling to head and tail of spine creasing to cover about Good Plus.


Traveller’s Companion Series No 16

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5.16.1 WITH OPEN MOUTH Marcus Van Heller [John Stevenson], 1955 MARCUS VAN HELLER | WITH | OPEN MOUTH | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris VIe Collation: 192 pp. 1-616. 17.7 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] WITH | OPEN MOUTH. p. [4] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-185, text. p. [186] blank. pp. 187-190 catalogue, with blurbs, of the first twenty-seven titles in The Traveller‘s Companion Series, and detailed descriptions of Lolita and Justine. p. [191], short-title list of same twenty-seven titles, and Lolita, with printing details at foot: PRINTED IN FRANCE | IMPRIMERIE SPÉCIALE DES ÉDITIONS OLYMPIA PRESS | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956. p. [192] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] MARCUS VAN HELLER | WITH | OPEN | MOUTH | no 16 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 16 [-] WITH OPEN MOUTH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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) Mr. Steve Mullins reports two copies of this in his collection which while otherwise identical to the one described above, are printed on different thicknesses of paper, one about half as thin as the other. The copy with the thinner paper has wrappers of a noticeably darker green than the other.

ONE COPY ; Price marked in biro on back cover otherwise Very Good.


Traveller’s Companion Series No 17

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5.17.1 MEMOIRS OF FANNY HILL [MEMOIRS OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE] John Cleland, 1956.  JOHN CLELAND | MEMOIRS | of | FANNY HILL | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris VIe Collation: 224 pp. FANNY HILL [1]- FANNY HILL 716. 17.7 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] MEMOIRS OF FANNY HILL. p. [4] note by publisher concerning text and the original version of this work: THE TEXT OF THIS UNABRIDGED | VERSION OF THE  MEMOIRS | OF FANNY HILL  IS BASED | ON THE ORIGINAL VERSION | PUBLISHED BY G. FENTON, |LONDON 1749, UNDER THE | ACTUAL TITLE OF : MEMOIRS | OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE; at foot of page, PRINTED IN FRANCE. p.[5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-223, text. p. [224] catalogue of first twenty-seven titles in The Traveller‘s Companion Series, and Lolita, with printing details at foot of page: PRINTED IN FRANCE | IMPRIMERIE SPÉCIALE DES ÉDITIONS OLYMPIA PRESS | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover within a frame of 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:] JOHN CLELAND | MEMOIRS | OF | FANNY HILL | no 17 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] ‗17 [-] MEMOIRS OF FANNY HILL‘. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900.

Notes: (1) Olympias edition of Fanny Hill is reproduced from an earlier version (compiled from various existing first editions) which was published in 1946 under the Obelisk Press imprint. (The Olympia Reader, N.Y., 1965, p. 256.) The first edition of this text which is one of the few modern editions to contain the usually suppressed homosexual episode under the aegis of the Olympia Press was published in 1954, as vol. 5 of the Atlantic Library series. (2) 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. (3) 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.

2 COPIES, One GOOD + ONE VERY GOOD


Traveller’s Companion Series No 18

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5.18.1 HOW TO DO IT Gustav Landshot [pseud.], 1956

GUSTAV LANDSHOT | HOW | TO DO IT | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, rue de Nesle, Paris 6 Collation: 224 pp. 18.1-18.716. 17.5 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] HOW | TO DO IT. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p.[5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[219], text, with printing details at foot of p. [219]: [rule] | PRINTED FEBRUARY 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956 pp. [220-223] catalogue, with promotional blurbs, and the first twenty-seven titles in The Traveller‘s Companion Series, together with Lolita and Justine. p. [224] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover within a frame of 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:] GUSTAV LANDSHOT | HOW | TO DO IT | no 18 | THE |TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 18 [-] HOW TO DO IT. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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.

One Copy About Good Plus with wear to edges and creasing to cover, extra images and  full description on request.


Traveller’s Companion Series No 19

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5.19.1 DARLING Harriet Daimler [Iris Owens], 1956

HARRIET DAIMLER | DARLING | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 176 pp. 19.1-19.516, 19.68. 17.5 x 11.5 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] DARLINGř. p. [4] SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI, with, at foot of page, notice of copyright: [rule] | All right reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France p.[5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-173, text. p. [174] list of first twenty-nine titles of The Traveller‘s Companion Series, with printing details at foot of page: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | PRINTED MARCH 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956. pp. [175-6] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] HARRIET DAIMLER | DARLING | no 19 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 19 [-] DARLING. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900.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.

  One Copy Near Fine, marred only by original price neatly blocked out on back cover. Detailed description and extra images on request.


Traveller’s Companion Series No 22

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5.22.1 THE ITCH Stephen Hammer [John Coleman], 1956

STEPHEN HAMMER | THE ITCH | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. 22.1-22.616, 22.78. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE ITCH. p. [4] [rule] |All rights reserved in all countries by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p.[5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-199, text. p. [200] blank. pp. [201-204] catalogue, with short descriptive notes, of vols. 1, 4-27 of The Traveller‘s Companion Series, and of Lolita and Justine. pp. [205,206] blank. p. [207] PRINTED IN FRANCE [RULE] | PRINTED MARCH 1956 BY S.I.P., MONTREUIL, SEINE, FRANCE | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1956. p. [208] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] STEPHEN HAMMER | THE ITCH | no 22 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 22 [-] THE ITCH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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. (3) 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.

One copy good plus with general wear to edges and creasing to covers. Detailed description and extra images on request.

 To view earlier listing (lower numbers) click the link below

Traveller’s Companion Series List 1

BOOKS FOR TRADE: List Travellers Companion Duplicates ( Part 1)

Listing of titles available in the Traveller’s companion series, image, bibliographical description, note on number of copies available, and condition. For more information on individual titles post a comment on this blog and I will send images and full description.

NOTE: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DETAIL COURTESY OF Patrick Kearney . The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007. Index numbers, Example (5.3.1) are description locations within the publication.

TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 3

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5.3.1 SCHOOL FOR SIN Frances Lengel [Alexander Trocchi], 1955 FRANCES LENGEL | SCHOOL | FOR | SIN | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, rue de Nesle, Paris VIe Collation: 208 pp. [1-6]16, 78. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] SCHOOL | FOR | SIN, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris. pp. 7-200, text. pp. [201] THE END  reverse blank. pp. [203-5] advertisments, with promotional blurbs, for nos. 1-3 of the Traveller’s Companion Series, all ten volumes of The Atlantic Library and the offer of a free catalogue. p. [206] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed March 1955 by Imprimerie Richard, Paris | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1955. pp. [207-8] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] FRANCES LENGEL | SCHOOL | FOR | SIN | no 3 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 3 [-] SCHOOL FOR SIN. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900.

ONE COPY ABOUT GOOD+ WEAR TO COVERS AND EDGES.

TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 4

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5.4.1 THE LIBERTINE Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson] 1955 ROBERT DESMOND | THE | LIBERTINE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 rue de Nesle, Paris VIe Collation: 256 pp. [1]-816. 17.8 x11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] .THE | LIBERTINE., reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press.. pp. 7-249, text. p. [250] blank. pp. [251-3] advertisements, with promotional blurbs, for nos. 1-3 of the Traveller’s Companion Series, all ten volumes of The Atlantic Library and the offer of a free catalogue. p. [254] .PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed March 1955 by Imprimerie Richard, Paris | Depot legal : 2e trimestre 1955.. pp. [255-6] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] .ROBERT DESMOND | THE | LIBERTINE | no 4 | THE |TRAVELLER.S COMPANION | SERIES.. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] .4 [-] THE LIBERTINE.. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] .Francs : 900..
Notes: (1) Suppressed on December 10th, 1956 under the decree of May 1939 (article 14 of the law of July 29th 1881 .sur la liberte 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.

ONE COPY VERY GOOD+ NEAR FINE


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 8

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5.8.1 AN ADULT’S STORY Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson], 1955 ROBERT DESMOND | AN | ADULTS | STORY | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. [1]-616, 78. 17.7 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] AN | ADULT’S | STORY. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE |[rule]| All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. p. [7] advertisment, with promotional blurb, for vols. 2, 6 & 9 of The Atlantic Library Series and vols. 1-6, 8 & 10 of The Traveller’s Companion Series. p. [8] blank. pp. 9-206, text. p. [207] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed by Imprimerie Richard, Paris, April 1955 | [rule] | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1955. p. [208] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] ROBERT DESMOND | AN | ADULTS | STORY | no 8 |THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 8 [-] AN ADULT‘S STORY. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. 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.

ONE COPY SMALL PIECE MISSING BASE FRONT COVER (see image) OTHERWISE VERY GOOD+


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 10

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5.10.2 MY LIFE AND LOVES, VOL. V Frank Harris [Alexander Trocchi], 1958 [Within a border of green type ornament:] FRANK HARRIS |MY LIFE | AND LOVES | Fifth volume | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking border:] 7, rue Saint-Séverin, Paris Collation: 192 pp. 10.1 – 10.128. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] MY LIFE | AND LOVES. p. [4] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[186], text. p. [187,8] blank. p. [189] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed April 1958 by S.I.P. Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1958‘. pp.[190-192] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] FRANK HARRIS | MY LIFE | AND LOVES | Fifth volume | no 10 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [The words 3rd PRINTING appear in the top centre of the front cover, between the two borders.] [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 10 [-] MY LIFE AND LOVES. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200

TWO COPIES BOTH VERY GOOD


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 11

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5.11.1 THE LOINS OF AMON Marcus Van Heller [John Stevenson], 1955 MARCUS VAN  HELLER | THE LOINS | OF AMON | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 184 pp. [11.1]-11.516, 11.612. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE LOINS | OF AMON. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-182, text. p. [183] blank. p. [184] PRINTED IN FRANCE | Imprim. Richard, Paris · Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1955. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] MARCUS VAN HELLER | THE LOINS | OF AMON | no 11 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 11 [-] THE LOINS OF AMON. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: (1) Suppressed on December 10th, 1956 under the decree of May 1939 (article 14 of the law of July 29th 1881 Ŗsur 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.

2 COPIES/ ONE GOOD/ ONE GOOD +


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 12

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5.12.1 CHARIOT OF FLESH Malcolm Nesbit [Alfred Chester], 1955 MALCOLM NESBIT | CHARIOT | OF FLESH | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 208 pp. [12.1]-12.616, 12.78. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] CHARIOT | OF FLESH, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. pp. 7-202, text. p. [203] PRINTED | MAY 1955 | by S.I.P. | Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e, trimestre 1955 | [rule]. p. [204] blank. p. [205] catalogue of the first fifteen titles of The Traveller‘s Companion Series. pp. [206-208] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] MALCOLM NESBIT | CHARIOT | OF FLESH | no 12 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 12 [-] CHARIOT OF FLESH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900. Notes: The original manuscript of The Chariot of Flesh is preserved with Chesters other papers in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre at the University of Texas, Austin.

ONE COPY GOOD+


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 13

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5.13.1 THE SEXUAL LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE Humphrey Richardson [Michel Gall], 1955 HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SEXUAL LIFE | OF ROBINSON CRUSOE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: 200 pp. [13.1]-13.516, 13.64, 13.716. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-4] blank. p. [5] THE | SEXUAL LIFE | OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. p. [6] | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France p. [7] title, as above. p. [8] catalogue of the first fifteen volumes of The Traveller‘s Companion Series. pp. 9-11, Foreword. p. [12] blank. pp. 13-198, text. p. [199] blank. p. [200] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed May 1955 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1954. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SEXUAL LIFE | OF ROBINSON CRUSOE | no 13 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 13 [-] THE SEXUAL LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 900.
Notes: (1) In the Preface to a French-language paperback edition of this novel published about 1985 by Éditions Jai Lu, , Michel Gall recounts how it was Patrick Bowles, the translator of Samuel Beckett, who suggested that he [Gall]  could earn some money by writing an erotic novel for The Olympia Press. The Sexual Life of Robinson Crusoe was written first in French, and a translation had to be arranged. Si mes souvenirs sont exacts,ŗ wrote Gall, cette tâche échut à un pasteur défroqué, originaire de Nouvelle-Zélande.ŗ The original French text was first published at Paris in May 1963 by Claude Tchou as part of his Cercle du livre precieux series, and reprinted shortly afterwards by Régine Deforges. A third, which ran into legal difficulties, appeared in the Marie Concorde collection in 1970, put out by Christian Bourgeois, and a fourth French edition appeared in 1977 from J.C. Simoën, at which time the author’s true name was given. (2) 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 presseŗ), designed to combat politically and morally offensive périodiques et ouvrages de provenance étrangère. (3) 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.

ONE COPY GOOD+


TRAVELLER’S COMPANION No 13 (2)

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5.13.2 THE SECRET LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE [THE SEXUAL LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE] Humphrey Richardson [Michel Gall], 1962 [Within a green border of type ornament:] HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SECRET LIFE | OF | ROBINSON |CRUSOE | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES |published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 192 pp. [1]-128. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | SECRET LIFE | OF | ROBINSON CRUSOE, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France, 1962. pp. 7-9, Foreword. p. [10] blank. pp. 11-188, text. p. [189] blank. p. [190] PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie Studium, Paris, June 1962 | [rule] | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1962. pp. [191,2] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] HUMPHREY RICHARDSON | THE | SECRET LIFE | OF |ROBINSON | CRUSOE | no 13 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 13 [-] THE SECRET LIFE OF ROBINSON CRUSOE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 18 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. & U.K.

FOUR COPIES/ 1 FINE/ 2 VERY GOOD /1 GOOD

NOTE: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DETAIL COURTESY OF Patrick Kearney . The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007. Index numbers, Example (5.3.1) are description locations within the publication.

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List Traveller’s Companion Series (Part 2)

BOOKS TO TRADE: William Burroughs

This is a chance to trade the three titles published by the Paris Olympia Press all now expensive items, but these are duplicates which will also appear in my Traveller’s Companion duplicates listings , when I get to the higher series numbers. Bibliographical descriptions are courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. (Index numbers EXAMPLE 5.88.1) are the actual location of the description in the bibliography.


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5.76.1 THE NAKED LUNCH William Burroughs, 1959

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TC 76 Naked Lunch

[Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | NAKED | LUNCH | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 232 pp. 76.1-76.148; 76.154. 17.5 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.

TC 76 The Naked Lunch                 Cover

TC 76 The Naked Lunch
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Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | NAKED | LUNCH, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright by William Burroughs, 1959. p. 7-[226], text. p. [227] Printed by S.I.P., Montreuil, France, in July 1959 | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1959. pp. [228-232] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | NAKED | LUNCH | no 76 | THE | TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 76 [-] THE NAKED LUNCH. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.500 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.S.A. OR U.K.. Issued in a white dustjacket, with a series of small black abstract designs in rows is printed horizontally across the front and back covers. [Frontover; within a purple panel running vertically the height of the book and occupying a little less than half its width, in white caps:] WILLIAM | BURROUGHS [within the purple panel, in gold caps:] THE | NAKED | LUNCH. [Spine; horizontally at bottom, in black:] THE | OLYMPIA |PRESS [vertically, in purple:] THE NAKED LUNCH [Vertically, in black:] WILLIAM | BURROUGHS. Inside flaps of dustjacket carry a B&W photograph of Burroughs, followed by a brief history of the book and some critical comments by John Ciardi extracted from an article he wrote for The Saturday Review (June 27th 1959). Notes: (1) The copy examined was in alatered state with the price of 1500 Francs overprinted with a rubber-stamp indicating a price increase to 18 NF.

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TC 76 The Naked Lunch
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(2) Five thousand copies were printed of this first edition, but the dustjacket wasn’t issued until some months after the book’s initial release, and was never used on subsequent reprints. A number of collectors and dealers have reported that the dustjackets are ill-fitting, suggesting that they were poorly designed. The standard bibliography of William Burroughs mentions the existence of a planned special edition, for which two sets of unbound sheets were held back. The edition was never published, but the two sets of sheets survive, one in a private collection and the other in the Burroughs Archive. (See, Joe Maynard & Barry Miles, William S. Burroughs, A Bibliography, 1953-73, Charlottsvile: University Press of Virginia, 1978, entry no. A.2a.)

One Copy Very Good + minor creasing and marking to back cover see images above.

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New into the Collection: Naked Lunch


5.88.1 THE SOFT MACHINE William Burroughs, 1961

The Soft Machine

[Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | SOFT | MACHINE | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 184 pp. 1.88-11.888; 12.884. 17.6 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] THE | SOFT MACHINE. p.[4] Jacket designed | by Brion Gysin | PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie S.I.P., Montreuil (Seine). June 1961 | [rule] | Copyright © by William S. Burroughs, 1961. | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1961. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[182], text. pp. [183-184] blank. Binding: Light olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE | SOFT | MACHINE | no 88 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 88 [-] THE SOFT MACHINE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 15 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. AND U.K.ř. Issued in thin, matt-finished card dustjacket illustrated across front, spine and back with abstract black & white wash design by Bryon Gysin, with a 1 inch black border at the foot of whole design. [Frontwrapper; within the border:] [in white:] William Burroughs | [in red:] THE SOFT MACHINE. [Spine; within border:] [in red:] THE | SOFT |MACHINE. [Backwrapper; within border:] [in red:] the olympia press | PARIS. Inside front flap of dustjacket carries a short blurb about the novel and the price: New Francs : 15,00.. inside back flap has a list of other Olympia Press titles available. Notes: An altered state known with price increase to 18 NF rubber stamped over printed 15 NF price on back cover. Copy used: Compilers collection. [163]

THIS COPY VERY GOOD/ VERY Good Wrapper and Book: Full description and extra images on request.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION Courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


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5.91.1 THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED William Burroughs, 1962 [Within a green border of type ornament:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE TICKET | THAT | EXPLODED | THE TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 184 pp. 91.14; 91.2-91.128. 17.4 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE TICKET | THAT |EXPLODED .[4] ACKNOWLEDGMENT | The sections entitled In A Strange | Bed and The Black Fruit were | written in collaboration with | Michael Portman. | The design on p. 183 is by | Brion Gysin. | Other works by William Burroughs |published by The Olympia Press : | THE NAKED LUNCH : 1959. | THE SOFT MACHINE | First edition : 1961. | New revised and augmented | edition : February 1963. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie Desgrandchamps, Paris, December 1962. | [rule] | Copyright by William Burroughs, 1962. | Dépôt légal : 4e trimestre 1962.. pp. 7-[183], text. p. [184] blank Binding: Light olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS | THE TICKET | THAT |EXPLODED | no 91 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION |SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 91 [-] THE TICKET THAT EXPLODED. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 18 N.F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. & U.K.. Issued in a glazed, thin card dustwrapper, illustrated across the front, spine and back with a monochrome photo collage [by Ian Sommerville], torn unevenly across the bottom to reveal a white field crossing the front wrapper, spine and back wrapper, on which are printed author, title and publisher. [Front cover; in red script:] the Ticket | that Exploded. | [typewritten in black:] BY WILLIAM BURROUGHS. [Spine; printed vertically up spine:] [typewritten in red:] THE TICKET THAT | EXPLODED | [typewritten in black:] WILLIAM BURROUGHS. [Back cover; typewritten in black:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS. Inside front flap carries a black & white photograph of Burroughs for its entire height over which is superimposed a white panel containing the first part of some notes concerning The Ticket that Exploded. This design is repeated on the inside back flap, where the photograph is tinted pink and the blurb concludes.

THIS COPY GOOD/ VERY Good Wrapper and Book: Full description and extra images on request.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION Courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


ANOTHER COPY about GOOD + No Wrapper. Details and extra images on request.

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Books To Trade: Paris Olympia Press

As I seem to have difficulty in finding enough time to list everything individually, even though I am committed to doing so, I am posting images of the volume of books that I have to trade or sell. As stated elsewhere a small number of titles are listed on AbeBooks.Com, under EGOBOOKS. Of the rest a small number are listed here, without price, primarily because I want to generate contact with collectors and would prefer to trade titles than sell them. My prices on AbeBooks are not fixed and are primarily there to provide a shopfront for me.

Paris Travellers Companion Series Duplicates for Trade

Paris Travellers Companion Series Duplicates

The image above shows all of my TC duplicates, as you can see there are rather a lot of them, if there are any titles that you are looking for leave a message on this blog and I will get back to you to with both trade or buying options.

Other Paris Olympia for Trade

Other Paris Olympia for Trade

As you can see above I have far fewer titles to trade in other series, but there are some very rare Atlantic Library editions in this shot, as well as a few listed on this site in detail.

Other Erotica Cabinet

Erotica Cabinet

As the caption indicates the image above is the non Olympia stuff, which includes all the Clandestine Losfelds, listed in detail on this site, and many many more which I will list individually as time goes on, anyone who cannot wait let me know what you are looking for and I will tell you whether or not I have it. And if you are super serious and have a rare Paris Olympia to trade, I can provide a list of titles and you can take your pick.

Books to Trade: Travellers Companion Series

FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Malcolm Nesbit

(Alfred Chester)

Chariot of Flesh

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 12

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In original green card covers 202 pp, a list of the  first 14  titles at the back of the book, printed by Impr S.I.P  Montreuil France in May 1955, Original price of  Francs 900 on back cover(see images) an extremely rare title in the series and in about good condition. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item in any condition for the serious collector. Priced for entry level for a collector, this was my only copy for several years. Feel free to ask any questions


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Akbar Del Piombo

(Norman Rubington)

Skirts

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 27

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 200, printed by Impr.S.I.P. Montreuil in March 1956, original price of Francs 900 on back cover. A rare title though this one does turn up, but not in this condition, the images do not do it justice, clearly a tight unread copy and of collection quality. Priced on quality over rarity.I decided to list this one rather than another on the flip of a coin, the other one stays in my personal collection.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Robert Desmond

(Robert Desmond Thompson)

Heaven Hell and the Whore

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 24

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 251, printed by Impr.S.I.P. Montreuil in June 1956, small scratch mark through Francs 900 on the back cover, original price still visible. An extremely rare title in the series and in very good condition. See images and description. One of 9 titles from this  Olympia writer. Very seldom seen in any condition, even rarer in original covers an elusive title. The last time I listed this title on eBay someone complained and it was pulled, just goes to show the battle against censorship still goes on 60 years later. If you don’t have it you should buy it. Cant be many more out there.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Marcus Van Heller

(John Stevenson)

The Loins of Amon

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 11

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 182, printed in the second quarter of 1955 by Impr. Richard, Paris France, old price Francs 900 price on back cover scratched out. General wear and usage An extremely rare title in the series and in good condition. One of 12 titles from this the most prolific of Olympia writers.Early TC from 1955. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Marcus Van Heller

(John Stevenson)

Cruel Lips

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 30

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers, p.p. 190, printed by Impr.S.I.P. Montreuil in July 1956, small pen mark on Francs 900 price on back cover appears to be an attempt to change the “9” to a “6” original price still visible. An extremely rare title in the series and in good condition. One of 12 titles from this the most prolific of Olympia writers. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector. Lovely looking copy, but has suffered the indignity of having been read, not that surprising really, this little paperback is 60 years old next year.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Mickey Dikes

Sarabande For A Bitch

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 28

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers 208 pp, printed by Impr.S.I.P Montreuil  in April 1956, Original price of Francs 900 on back cover, becoming more elusive and a good collection entry quality copy .Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector. Mickey Dikes is one of Olympia mystery writers. Great title, a sarabande is a slow, stately dance and a bitch is well…….. a female dog, so , doesn’t bear thinking about!


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Harriet Daimler

(Iris Owens)

Darling

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 19

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers 173 pp, a list of the  first 29  titles at the back of the book, printed by Impr. Montreuil Seine in March 1956, Original price of  900 Fr neatly inked out on this copy an extremely rare title in the series and in very good condition, the first of 5 novels in this series by Iris Owens a rare and brave venture for a woman writing erotica in the period. Very seldom seen in original covers a rare and desirable item for the serious collector.


FROM

THE PARIS OLYMPIA PRESS

Carmencita de las Lunas

(Alexander Trocchi)

Thongs

The Traveller’s Companion Series

No 25

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OLYMPIA PRESS PARIS

In original green card covers 189 pp, including three pages of the presses other titles printed by Imprimiere Speciale des editions The Olympia Press in the 1st Trimestre of 1956 Paris, an extremely rare title in the series and in very good condition. Suppressed in December 1956 and prosecuted in July 1958.


Books Wanted:- MELTING [Dissolving] Travellers Companion Series No 59

Rather provide an exhaustive list of wants, I want to be specific about the titles I am looking for, many of them are readily available, just very expensive, and will likely have to wait until I can afford to buy them, in the mean time they will remain highly priced and unsold on all the major book sites, that is unless of course a trade is possible.

However before I get to the not rare just expensive stuff, lets explore the really rare stuff.

The first item on my list is one of the variant titles that Girodias produced to avoid detection by the Brigade Mondaine , the French Thought Police, who in cooperation with the British Government sought to eliminate the import of “filth” from the continent, this form of censorship has a long history, but more of that later.

My first target title is therefore “Melting” by Tim Harrack, a disguised variant of the title “Dissolving” the bibliographic description of which reads thus:-

5.59.2 MELTING [DISSOLVING] Tim Harrack, 1958 [Within a green border of type ornament:] TIM HARRACK |MELTING | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7, rue Saint-Severin, Paris Collation: 192 pp. 59.1 – 59.128. 17.6 x 11.1 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] MELTING. p. [4] [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press Paris France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[187] text. p. [188] blank. p. [189] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed March 1958 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 1er trimestre 1958. pp. [190-192] blank. Binding: Olive-green wrappers, printed in black, and trimmed flush with body of the book. [Front cover; within a frame of 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:] TIM HARRACK | MELTING | no 59 | THE | TRAVELLERS COMPANION | SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 59 [-] MELTING [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: Although presumably re-issued with a title change to confuse the authorities, the running head still reads DISSOLVING throughout. The text of page 7 and the first half of page 8 has been re-written, after which it remains identical to the edition published as Dissolving.(1)

I thank my long term pen-pal and friend (though we have never met face to face) Patrick Kearney for permission to use excerpts from his book:- (1) The Paris Olympia Press published by The Liverpool University Press, 2007, where the above description can be located on Page: 187.

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Despite Pat’s description, this was and in reality still is the only Olympia Press title I have never seen, so imagine my delight, when just a week ago, following some very skilled detective work I discovered a copy in Berlin. I quickly made all of the necessary arrangements to buy the book, and even sent the following to him:-

Well Pat

 
Sometimes I amaze myself, no sooner do I admit to never having seen a copy of the Melting variant of Dissolving, than I track one down on a really obscure German antiques web site, admittedly I do not have it in hand yet, but it is paid for and order confirmed. Amazing so happy I just had to share the moment.
A few days later I received the following message from Berlin:-

Hallo Stephen,

I just tried to take your book from my storage room. I was shocked, it was the victim of a mouse attack!

I’m sorry, they destroyed it. And not only this…

By the way, I don’t use paypal.

I apologize for the circumstances.

Best regards from Berlin………………Stephan

Melting (melted)
I updated Pat and he responded:-

Steve, Hi:

I’m glad I wasn’t able to reply to your email and congratulate you on
finally digging up a copy of “Melting” — in light of your subsequent
email. How tragic. Really. I picked up a Bibliotheque des curieux title
once that had clearly been nibbled on by rodents, but at least it was
readable. “Melting” was demolished. But at least there’s evidence
(from the spine which is still intact) that it exists!

Happy to take any copy in pretty much any condition as long as it is complete.

Well here we go, new territory for me. I decided to set up this blog to share my experience of 30 years of hunting for and collecting books published by the Paris Olympia Press, I have completed the collection twice, and in hard times had to sell many books to other collectors, I am now on my third and last attempt to complete the entire published output of the press.

I list duplicate copies of my Olympia Press books on AbeBooks, and I am using any potential income to purchase titles missing from my collection, these duplicates along with a range of other clandestine erotic titles are available to trade for titles I need for the collection.

Watch this space for stories of book hunting expeditions and images of books both from the collection and for sale/trade.

ANY ENQUIRIES JUST LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE BLOG WITH YOUR CONTACT DETAILS AND I WILL GET BACK TO YOU.

Olympia Collection cabinet 1

Olympia Collection cabinet 1

Olympia Collection Cabinet 2

Olympia Collection Cabinet 2