Another clandestine title from the golden era of the 1930’s, and another illustrated by T. Mertens, whom I can still find nothing about. Also no idea about the publisher of this one, information on line is very scarce and this appears to be an extremely rare title. From the illustrations you can see why. In an effort to avoid messing with exposure, I scanned these in at 600 dpi, and I am happy with the result, the illustrations are exquisite and now among my favourites, I hope you enjoy them.
[GROS, Johannes] – Cydalise ou le péché dans le miroir.
Illustré de huit eaux-fortes de T. Mertens. S. l. n. d..
In-8, 228 pp., 8 fig. Édition originale publiée au début des années 1930.
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Books for Trade: Les chansons secrètes de Bilitis, nouvellement traduites sur le manuscrit de la Justinienne, suivies de “ Les filles de Loth”, “La femme à barbe ” de Guy de Maupassant,“ L’étudiant et la grisette” pièce en un acte de Henry Monnier,“ Le compendium érotique”,“ La ballade mythologique”—Aux dépens d’un amateur et des souscripteurs, Saint-Félicien-en-Vivarais, 1946,
Another delightful clandestine title from the 1930’s, and having recently confessed my ignorance of the identity of T. Mertens, (illustrator), I find myself listing a title that definitely is illustrated by him, but this unfortunately takes me no closer to identifying him or her. The illustrations are very delicate and do not scan well, I have therefore used enhanced exposure to clarify the images for display on the blog. In a recent listing ” Françoise ou Les Plaisirs du mariage”; I referenced that the illustrator had been identified as either T.Mertens or Rojan, having compared the two I am not convinced that T.Mertens is the illustrator of that title. I have linked “Françoise ou Les Plaisirs du mariage”, at the bottom of the page so you can make your own judgement.
COMTESSE DE J… [Johannes GROS] – CONFESSIONS LIBERTINES. Orné de huit eaux-fortes de T. Mertens. Partout et nulle part N.D. [Imprimerie Darantière, Dijon, 1931] pp.211.
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Books for Trade:Wanda de S…, Françoise; ou Les Plaisirs du mariage. Aux Allées des Roses n.d (1937)
Books for Trade: GAMIANI , edite par une groupe des bibliophiles [S.I., n.p., n.d. c.1948].?
Another late clandestine title c 1950, and another unusual one for me in that it is what I rather rudely refer to as “a book in a box”, that very French production of loose leaves in sheets, in a folder, however I must admit that the few of this type that I have dealt with are an absolute dream to scan in, and without any stress to the book as is the case with a standard bound book. This is a very lovely item and was simply too good to allow it to get away, because of the nature of the production there are rather a lot of images, and I hope you enjoy them.
Edition published around 1950 , adorned with 19 free engravings (dry tips) of Gaston Barret drawn in black, of which 10 hors-texte and 9 bandeaux. Vignettes on wood drawn in bistre at the head of each letter. The work was seized by order of the Court of Assizes of Paris of May 29, 1956. This epistolary work attributed to Mirabeau the son, author of the Erotica Biblion, is composed of 9 letters addressed to a marquise. The gallant and free tone of the text fits perfectly with the deliberately furious and erotic illustration given here by Gaston Barret.
L’Adam lascif ou Lettre à la marquise, attribué à Mirabeau. Edition clandestine illustrée par Gaston Barret (1950). 19 pointes sèches érotiques. Tirage à 250 exemplaires. Rare. [Gabriel Honoré Riquetti, comte de MIRABEAU] L’ADAM LASCIF OU LETTRES A LA MARQUISE. Avec des figures finement gravées pour animer par l’image ces billets fort galamment troussés. Au Carquois d’Argent, s.d. [vers 1950] 1 volume in-4 (25 x 19,5 cm), en feuilles, sous couverture rempliée imprimée en gris et bleu, étui carton de l’éditeur.
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Books for Trade: L’initiation amoureuse Illustrations originales par un artiste célèbre (Suzanne Ballivet) Buenos-Ayres, pour les amis de l’artiste, 1943 [i.e.Paris, Georges Guillot, vers 1950]
I feel that I have been neglecting you all, but with clearing books out for eBay, and getting other items ready for auction I have been somewhat preoccupied. But here is a little treat for all of you and from my favourite period, the pre-WW 2 decade. This is a very nice Clandestine title with some debate about the illustrator, who it is proposed is either Rojan or T.Mertens, I must say I am not convinced of Rojan, but as I have no idea who T. Mertens is what do I know? Any guidance on this would be appreciated.
Wanda de S.
Françoise ou Les Plaisirs du mariage
In original card cover with printed in blue, pp.225, 10 heliogravures on copper hors-texte on vellum. Original edition of a clandestine pornographic novel, published about 1937 and printed on the presses of Darantière, Dijon, under a fanciful name (Dutel, 1605). In a circulation of 600 copies reserved for the numbered subscribers to the composter. Copy No. 380, on vellum. Some attribute the free compositions to Rojan, the illustrator of Spring Idyll, or T. Mertens.
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See also the title below is live at auction.
And on this site
Books for Trade: Diana Slip, Lingeries Libertines, No 1 September 1933. 9 Rue Richepanse Paris
Another clandestine title and a very odd one, the only reference I can find for this one is a brief listing of another copy as follows lists it as a numbered edition with 10 illustrations inserted, which this one also has, with a date of 1938 and referenced at Dutel 2642. It may well be that the illustrations are tipped in in other copies , but in mine they are pasted in over text, you can lift the image to read the text, but this is the first time I have found this odd practice. The illustrations are well executed and possibly controversial, I would have guessed this as a post war production, but bow to Mr Dutel’s superior knowledge. Could almost be an Isou- Losfeld.
So as always if anyone can shed any more light, do complete a contact form. On which subject the first image appears to have an exposure problem (in more than one way) not my doing that is how it looks and all the images are flat scanned, with no exposure adjustment.
Voluptés par une convaincue
Voluptés par une convaincue .”Mon livre secret” Sans date, circa 1938. pp 157, with 10 explicit illustrations pasted in over text, Number 83/250. In original French wraps with grubby pale blue paper jacket printed in black. (Dutel 2642)
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Books for Trade: -M.Belobeck, Saisi par le Debauche n.d n.p [1958 , Paris?] Clandestine (Losfeld
An ongoing list of titles, for sale on reading material which I know is a downer for you lot as it means no pictures. However moving this stuff allows me to purchase all the books with pictures which you get to see FREE. There are a lot of US Oylmpia titles, which I do not collect, but someone must. And a number of Paris Olympia titles which I will feed in a few at a time. Anyway take a look, sorry to interrupt your freeloading, or should I say free downloading behaviour.
Here we go again into the mire of clandestine publishing. There are 2 versions of this title, both clandestine as referenced by Pat Kearney this copy appears to be a Piracy of the first edition, it is however a very good production complete with the 12 illustrations attributed to Andre Collot. You will note that the Title Page dates the book as 1933, whilst the facing page claims that it was printed on the 30th July 1930, whilst it was likely to have actually been produced in 1935. I hope that is clear.
AU TEMP des JUGES – Chants Bibliques de Pierre Louys. [?Paris:] Aux dépens d’un amateur, 1933 [1935?]. 4to. pp. 64. Limited to 175 copies
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Books for Trade: Mémoires de Fanny Hill. Traduit de ;anglais par Isidore Liseux. BECAT (Paul-Emile)]. CLELAND (John). (n.p., n.d., c. 1940)
A late clandestine title, which is the first in a series of very rare and interesting finds that I will be listing over the next few weeks, this is an unusual erotica in that it is basically a crime novel, the nearest comparison would likely be “I Shall Spit on Your Graves”. Never having read this title I cannot give you a story line, but I must admit I am intrigued by how a naked man and woman end up on a roof being shot at by a fully clothed chap in a dressing gown. ( you have to see the picture, below)
Illustrated with 12 erotic orig.-lithographs in two colours. Loose as issued in original wrappers. One of 472 copies on hand made paper (total 500.) Titlepage and letters of chapters printed in blue with 21 erotic initials. The identity of the artist is unknown; his illustration are explicit and of high plasticity. They are influenced by the American pin-up style of the 50s.
Clayton’s College, first published in the late 1940s, was convicted three times by the 17th Correctional Division of the Seine in 1950, 1953 and 1957, each of these convictions having been upheld on appeal.
Anon (Connie O’Hara (José André Lacour) Clayton’s College. Sous le signe d’Éros n.d (1950?)
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Books for Trade: Journal d’un Fille de Firme. Anon. Clandestine publication c. 1950?
Another late clandestine title and something of a mystery, the limited information I can find has an apparent link to Isidore Isou , and therefore potentially Losfeld, the only reference to an illustrated edition appears to concern prior listings of this copy, which looks to me to be extra illustrated (meaning there were not illustrations in the original book), a clue to this is that the illustrations are , except for one, double sided and by different hands. Three of the illustrations are certainly by Jean Morisot, which are evidenced by the ogre like men depicted, the others I do not know. The double sided images may originate with one of Losfeld’s productions such as ” Florilèges de la volupté ou Les Voluptés d’une vicieuse”, which is linked at the base of this post.
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ANONYME. Les putains ou le traite des perversions.
Isidore Isou Viry-Chatillon, (vers 1950).
In-8 broche de 188 pp.
Ouvrage condamne pour la premiere fois en 1962
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Books for Trade:Anon;Florilèges de la volupté ou Les Voluptés d’une vicieuse. Au petit Cénacle, 1936 (Paris) 1955 Losfeld
Another clandestine title but this from the start of the last century the date appears correct at 1905, condition of this one is not great but it is very rare and the illustrations are wonderful, as you would expect from Paul Avril.
I am not completely satisfied with the scans, as I did them at a lower dpi, and did not play with the exposure so they appear quite flat, but see what you think.
Gustave D [DROZ, Gustave, attributed to.] Un Été à la campagne. Correspondance de deux jeunes Parisiennes.Recueillie par un auteur a la mode Paris.1905: Illustrated by AVRIL, Paul: No Publisher [by E. Kapp for C. Hirsch] : 141 pp. Réimpression de l edition originale de 1868. Exemplaire numéroté 116 sur velin. Tirage de 330 ex.
Broché état moyen 2 cahiers fragilisés, texte en bon état général. 15×23 cm. 9 gravures en noir.
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My Most Beautiful Nights of Love: by Mademoiselle Suzy Paris 1938