The Collection an Update:

Having suffered a stroke last year, I was forced to consider what would happen to my collection should I die. A serious enough issue, given tales of shark like dealers descending on the recently bereaved and picking off the prized items from remaining partners who have no idea of what to do with the books, and even less idea of the potential value.

This is especially true of erotica as there is an understandable embarrassment, attached to such material, especially illustrated books, and I have heard of  some such material being destroyed to avoid having to deal with it, and though this is perhaps the best disposal for modern pornography, this is less of a problem with my Paris Olympia Press collection as they are 99% without illustrations.

Having explored possible methods of disposal, I had been in negotiation with Bonhams of London with a view to the collection going to auction this June, when a combination of my own health issues and an extended family crisis prevented me from cataloguing the books, a task that Bonhams offered to cover, but I really wanted to complete myself.

So i find myself delaying the selling of the collection, and almost immediately other items turn up, within the past month or so, I have obtained a catalogue that I do not have a copy of, one of the missing Teaser magazines and a much improved copy of “The Castle of the end of Love”, a very hard to find Ophelia Press title.

I must admit to a sense of relief at still having the collection, as after so many decades of collecting the loss would be hard to take. It my be that I will reconsider next year, which gives me more time to locate the few missing items that would allow me to complete. Which also means that I will continue with this site, given that its sworn purpose is to assist with completing my Paris Olympia collection, something that is easy to forget, given that the vast majority of the books that I list are nothing to do with the Olympia Press at all.

So to give me a reason to carry on, please remember to look out for Paris Olympia material for me. And if you have any erotica (not photographic pornography please) that you want rid of then complete a contact form and I may be able to assist.

Below is an image of my Paris Olympia Press collection as of today. Coming soon recent finds and some very rare illustrated erotica.

 

 



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Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.

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

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

 

 

Book Clearance eBay Live.

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.

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Books for Trade: MERLIN [ Vol One Number 2], [Volume One Number 3],[ Volume Two number 1], [Volume Two number 2] , [Vol. 2, number 3] and [Volume Two, number 4.]

A rare opportunity to obtain 6 of the seven published editions of Merlin. including copies of Volume 2 number 1, complete with the publishers wrap around band, not previously seen by this author. My Thanks to Hans Streppel of the Netherlands for this rare and interesting find.


These Titles are available for Trade Only against my Paris Olympia Press Wants


Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007. MERLIN Pages 75-78, including the item description (2.7.1)

MERLIN
The first issue of Merlin—initially subtitled A collection of Contemporary Writings was published in the Spring of 1952. It was edited by Alexander Trocchi, and published by his American girl friend Alice Jane Lougee. Five further issues under this editor/publisher combination would follow. The seventh and final issue was published by the Olympia Press, described in detail below. In view of the important connection between Merlin, its contributors and editorial personnel, and the Olympia Press, a brief summary of the non-Olympia issues is given. The names of contributors or the titles of works-in-progress are limited to those with known Olympia Press affiliations.


[Vol. 1, number 2, Autumn, 1952.]

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No. 2 [Vol. 1, number 2, Autumn, 1952.] Printed by Impr. de la S.A.I.B.E.L, Fontenay-aux-Roses (Seine). Contributions by Patrick Bowles (credited here as P. W. Bowles), Christopher Logue and Richard Seaver.

TWO COPIES: Both Very GOOD.


[Vol. 1, number 3, Winter 1952-53.]

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No. 3 [Vol. 1, number 3, Winter 1952-53.] Printed by Arrault et Cie, Tours. This issue is additionally described as a Revue Trimestrielle and Richard Seaver is credited as Advisory Editor and Director. Contributions by Samuel Beckett [extract from Watt], Austryn Wainhouse [extract from Hedyphagetica.] and Richard Seaver.

ONE COPY GOOD PLUS


[Vol. 2, number 1, Spring-Summer, 1953.]

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No. 4 [Vol. 2, number 1, Spring-Summer, 1953.] Printed by Arrault et Cie, Tours. As with the three preceding issues, the editorial offices of Merlin are based at Librairie Mistral, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5. In this issue, the subtitle A collection of Contemporary Writings is abandoned, but the description Revue Trimestrielle remains. Seaver maintains his post of Advisory Editor and Director, and the design and typography of the issue is credited to Walter G. Coleman. Whether he is any relation to John Coleman, author of The Enormous Bed (5.1.1) and The Itch (5.22.1) I am unable to say. Contributions by Jean Genet [extract from Journal du voleur], Christopher Logue [verse extracted from Wand and Quadrant], Henry Miller [extract, provided by the Olympia Press, from the proofs of Plexus. This is the first reference to a connection to the Olympia Press in Merlin.]

SIX COPIES ALL VERY GOOD NEAR FINE, 4 COPIES WITH COMPLETE PUBLISHERS WRAPAROUND BAND, ONE WITH PARTIAL BAND AND ONE WITHOUT.


[Vol. 2, number 2, Autumn 1953.]

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No. 5 [Vol. 2, number 2, Autumn 1953.] This issue was printed in Spain, and no printer is given.Seaver’s role in the proceedings become Assistant Editor & Editor. John Coleman is credited as Business Manager. The editorial address becomes 42, rue de Seine, Paris 6, which was the English Bookshop. The first advertisements for Collection Merlin and the Olympia Press appear in this issue. For Collection Merlin the titles listed are Beckett’s Watt and Logue’s Wand and Quandrant, with Hedyphagetica by Wainhouse and Molloy by Beckett To be published. The Olympia Press offers Justine by the marquis de Sade and Plexus by Henry Miller. Despite the editorial address for Merlin being on the rue de Seine, the address given for both Collection Merlin and the Olympia Press is 13, rue Jacob, Paris 6. Contributions by Logue, Beckett [extract from Molloy], Brassaï [i.e. Jules Halasz; four photographs, with a note by Seaver] and Wainhouse.

Two Copies One Very Good one only about good


[Vol. 2, number 3, Summer/Autumn 1954.]

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No. 6 [Vol. 2, number 3, Summer/Autumn 1954.] Printed by Impr. Richard, 24, rue Stéphenson, Paris 18. Seaver, Wainhouse, Bowles and W. Baird Bryant are listed as Associates, and John Stevenson is credited as Business Manager. The editorial address remains with the English Bookshop on rue de Seine. A full-page advertisement for Collection Merlin offers Beckettřs Watt, Logue’s Wand and Quadrant, Jean Genet’s The Thief‘s Journal and Wainhouse’s Hedyphagetica. Beckett’s Molloy is announced for Autumn publication. There is a half-page advertisement for the Olympia Press that offers no specific titles, but Books in English of lasting value. This is the last issue of Merlin to be published by Alice Jane Lougee. Contributions by Beckett [The End, translated by Seaver in collaboration with Beckett], Trocchi and Patrick Bowles.

One copy Very good Plus


2.7.1 MERLIN No. 7 [Vol.2, number 4, Spring/Summer 1955]

Merlin 7 Olympia 1955

[On the left, at head of page in l.c. and large type:] merlin | [at left, below title and in small type:] revue trimestrielle | founded by Alice Jane Lougee | EDITORS [on the right, one name below the other:] Alexander Trocchi | Austryn Wainhouse | [on the left:] COMMITTEE [on the right, one name below the other:] PatrickBowles | W. Baird Bryant | Corneille | Robert Creeley | Ben Johnson | Richard Seaver | Shinkichi Tajiri | [on the left:] EDITORIAL ADDRESS [on the right:] The English Bookshop | 42, Rue de Seine, Paris-6e | [on the left:] PUBLISHER [on the right:] The Olympia Press | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris-6e | [in centre of page:] contents | [in two columns, each line separated after the page number by a continuous vertical rule:] Michel de M‘Uzan 233 THREE TALES | Pablo Neruda 242 TWENTY LOVE POEMS | Austryn Wainhouse 259 SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN | ENGINEERING AND REFLEXIONS UPON | AN EROTIC BOOK | Jaap Mooy [no page numbers] FOUR ILLUMINATIONS | Cleveland Moffett 274 PHEIDIPPIDES | Alain Clément 281 FRANCE AS SEEN BY THE GERMANS | Lennart Olson [no page numbers] FOUR PHOTOGRAPHS | Alister Kershaw 298 ALDINGTON’S CRITICS | Christopher Logue 301 GRAHAM’S NIGHTFISHING | Richard Gibson 303 CURZIO MALAPARTE : | THE VISION OF DEFEAT | [below Contents, and centered on columns above:] line drawings by WILLIAM PARKER| spring 1955 summer | [at foot of page, left:] MERLIN IS PRINTED IN FRANCE [at foot of page, right:] vol. 2 no. [in large type] 4

Collation: 80 pp. No signatures, but [1-5]8, with the numeration of the pages following on from previous issues of the periodical. Two double leaves on coated photographic paper (comprising photographs by Jaap Mooy and Lennart Olson) are inserted between pp. 260,261 & 276,277 and between pp. 292,293 & following p. 308. 24 x 15.4 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.

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Contents: p. [229], untitled note signed The Editors. p. [230], two half-page advertisements, the upper for two novels published by Plon and the lower for the Paris Review. p. [231], title, as above. p. [232], three advertisements, one across the top of the page for James Broughton’s An Almanac for Amorists, and the other two, side-by-side below, for, on the right, Sartre’s revue mensuelle Les Temps modernes and, on the left, for The English Bookshop. pp. 233-241,

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Three Tales by Michel de M’Uzan, translated by Philip Oxman. pp. 242-258, Twenty Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, translated by Patrick Bowles and Christopher Logue. pp. 259-273, Some Basic Principles Of Human Engineering And Reflexions Upon An Erotic Book by Austryn Wainhouse. pp. 274-280, Pheidippides by Cleveland Moffett. pp. 281-298, France as Seen by the Germans by Alain Clément. Clément’s piece is referred to at the head of p. 281 as Chronicles. pp. 298-308 are printed in two columns and a smaller typeface, and comprise three pieces described as Notes: Aldington‘s Critics by Alister Kershaw (pp. 298-301).  Graham‘s Nightfishing by Christopher Logue (pp. 301-303).  Curzio Malaparte: The Vision of Defeat by Richard Gibson (pp. 303-308). Drawings by William Parker appear on pp. 234, 243, 249, 258, 273, 274, & 280. Advertisements appear on pp. 299 (Les Editions de Minuit), 301 (Obelisk Press), 303 (Hedyphagetica, by Austryn Wainhouse), 304

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(Christopher Logues The Weekdream Sonnets, published by Jack Straw), 30(Collection Merlin/Olympia Press, and Samuel Beckett’s Molloy specifically) and 308 (Merlin).

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Binding: Printed card wrappers, with orange front and spine, spilling over to a 1-inch band on back. Remainder of back wrapper is white. Front cover: [centred at head in white l.c. large type:] merlin | [centred below title in smaller l.c. type:] the paris quarterly | [at foot, slightly to the left, and in orange within a thin white panel:] 75 c [space] 3/- [space] 250fr. [At foot and to the right, in orange within a larger and oblong white panel:] no [large] 4 | [small] vol 2.

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Spine: [at top of spine, reading down in widely-spaced white l.c.:] merlin. [At foot of spine, reading down in orange type within white panel:] 4/2. Back cover: [at foot and to the right of white section:] SOCIETE D’IMPRESSIONS PUBLICITAIRES | 75, Rue Alexis Pesnon  MONTREUIL | Tel. : AVR. 12-53.

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The inside front wrapper carries an advertisement for Merlin comprising lists of contributions promised for later issues and available back issues. The inside back wrapper carries two half-page advertisements, the uppermost for The Western Review, a literary quarterly published by the University of Iowa, and the lower for Lascaux, ou la Naissance de l‘art, an art book with text by Georges Bataille published by Albert Skira.

6 COPIES, 5 VERY GOOD NEAR FINE, ONE VERY GOOD.

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Books for Trade: Ophelia Press Paris

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

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

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


1.15.1 THE NAKED BEAST AT HEAVEN’S GATE 1956

The Naked Beast Olympia Press 1953_0004

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Books Wanted: Titles from The Odyssey Library

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

New into the Collection: MERLIN No. 7 [Vol.2, number 4, Spring/Summer 1955]

A welcome addition of a hard to find item. Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007. MERLIN Pages 75-78, including the item description (2.7.1)

MERLIN
The first issue of Merlin—initially subtitled A collection of Contemporary Writings was published in the Spring of 1952. It was edited by Alexander Trocchi, and published by his American girl friend Alice Jane Lougee. Five further issues under this editor/publisher combination would follow. The seventh and final issue was published by the Olympia Press, described in detail below. In view of the important connection between Merlin, its contributors and editorial personnel, and the Olympia Press, a brief summary of the non-Olympia issues is given. The names of contributors or the titles of works-in-progress are limited to those with known Olympia Press affiliations.

No. 1 [Vol. 1, number 1, Spring 1952.] Printed by Impr. Mazarine. Contributions by Christopher Logue, Alfred Chester and Alexander Trocchi.

No. 2 [Vol. 1, number 2, Autumn, 1952.] Printed by Impr. de la S.A.I.B.E.L, Fontenay-aux-Roses (Seine). Contributions by Patrick Bowles (credited here as P. W. Bowles), Christopher Logue and Richard Seaver.

No. 3 [Vol. 1, number 3, Winter 1952-53.] Printed by Arrault et Cie, Tours. This issue is additionally described as a Revue Trimestrielle and Richard Seaver is credited as Advisory Editor and Director. Contributions by Samuel Beckett [extract from Watt], Austryn Wainhouse [extract from Hedyphagetica.] and Richard Seaver.

No. 4 [Vol. 2, number 1, Spring-Summer, 1953.] Printed by Arrault et Cie, Tours. As with the three preceding issues, the editorial offices of Merlin are based at Librairie Mistral, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5. In this issue, the subtitle A collection of Contemporary Writings is abandoned, but the description Revue Trimestrielle remains. Seaver maintains his post of Advisory Editor and Director, and the design and typography of the issue is credited to Walter G. Coleman. Whether he is any relation to John Coleman, author of The Enormous Bed (5.1.1) and The Itch (5.22.1) I am unable to say. Contributions by Jean Genet [extract from Journal du voleur], Christopher Logue [verse extracted from Wand and Quadrant], Henry Miller [extract, provided by the Olympia Press, from the proofs of Plexus. This is the first reference to a connection to the Olympia Press in Merlin.]

No. 5 [Vol. 2, number 2, Autumn 1953.] This issue was printed in Spain, and no printer is given.Seaver’s role in the proceedings become Assistant Editor & Editor. John Coleman is credited as Business Manager. The editorial address becomes 42, rue de Seine, Paris 6, which was the English Bookshop. The first advertisements for Collection Merlin and the Olympia Press appear in this issue. For Collection Merlin the titles listed are Beckett’s Watt and Logue’s Wand and Quandrant, with Hedyphagetica by Wainhouse and Molloy by Beckett To be published. The Olympia Press offers Justine by the marquis de Sade and Plexus by Henry Miller. Despite the editorial address for Merlin being on the rue de Seine, the address given for both Collection Merlin and the Olympia Press is 13, rue Jacob, Paris 6. Contributions by Logue, Beckett [extract from Molloy], Brassaï [i.e. Jules Halasz; four photographs, with a note by Seaver] and Wainhouse.

No. 6 [Vol. 2, number 3, Summer/Autumn 1954.] Printed by Impr. Richard, 24, rue Stéphenson, Paris 18. Seaver, Wainhouse, Bowles and W. Baird Bryant are listed as Associates, and John Stevenson is credited as Business Manager. The editorial address remains with the English Bookshop on rue de Seine. A full-page advertisement for Collection Merlin offers Beckettřs Watt, Logue’s Wand and Quadrant, Jean Genet’s The Thief‘s Journal and Wainhouse’s Hedyphagetica. Beckett’s Molloy is announced for Autumn publication. There is a half-page advertisement for the Olympia Press that offers no specific titles, but Books in English of lasting value. This is the last issue of Merlin to be published by Alice Jane Lougee. Contributions by Beckett [The End, translated by Seaver in collaboration with Beckett], Trocchi and Patrick Bowles.

2.7.1 MERLIN No. 7 [Vol.2, number 4, Spring/Summer 1955]

Merlin 7 Olympia 1955

[On the left, at head of page in l.c. and large type:] merlin | [at left, below title and in small type:] revue trimestrielle | founded by Alice Jane Lougee | EDITORS [on the right, one name below the other:] Alexander Trocchi | Austryn Wainhouse | [on the left:] COMMITTEE [on the right, one name below the other:] PatrickBowles | W. Baird Bryant | Corneille | Robert Creeley | Ben Johnson | Richard Seaver | Shinkichi Tajiri | [on the left:] EDITORIAL ADDRESS [on the right:] The English Bookshop | 42, Rue de Seine, Paris-6e | [on the left:] PUBLISHER [on the right:] The Olympia Press | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris-6e | [in centre of page:] contents | [in two columns, each line separated after the page number by a continuous vertical rule:] Michel de M‘Uzan 233 THREE TALES | Pablo Neruda 242 TWENTY LOVE POEMS | Austryn Wainhouse 259 SOME BASIC PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN | ENGINEERING AND REFLEXIONS UPON | AN EROTIC BOOK | Jaap Mooy [no page numbers] FOUR ILLUMINATIONS | Cleveland Moffett 274 PHEIDIPPIDES | Alain Clément 281 FRANCE AS SEEN BY THE GERMANS | Lennart Olson [no page numbers] FOUR PHOTOGRAPHS | Alister Kershaw 298 ALDINGTON’S CRITICS | Christopher Logue 301 GRAHAM’S NIGHTFISHING | Richard Gibson 303 CURZIO MALAPARTE : | THE VISION OF DEFEAT | [below Contents, and centered on columns above:] line drawings by WILLIAM PARKER| spring 1955 summer | [at foot of page, left:] MERLIN IS PRINTED IN FRANCE [at foot of page, right:] vol. 2 no. [in large type] 4

Collation: 80 pp. No signatures, but [1-5]8, with the numeration of the pages following on from previous issues of the periodical. Two double leaves on coated photographic paper (comprising photographs by Jaap Mooy and Lennart Olson) are inserted between pp. 260,261 & 276,277 and between pp. 292,293 & following p. 308. 24 x 15.4 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.

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Contents: p. [229], untitled note signed The Editors. p. [230], two half-page advertisements, the upper for two novels published by Plon and the lower for the Paris Review. p. [231], title, as above. p. [232], three advertisements, one across the top of the page for James Broughton’s An Almanac for Amorists, and the other two, side-by-side below, for, on the right, Sartre’s revue mensuelle Les Temps modernes and, on the left, for The English Bookshop. pp. 233-241,

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Three Tales by Michel de M’Uzan, translated by Philip Oxman. pp. 242-258, Twenty Love Poems by Pablo Neruda, translated by Patrick Bowles and Christopher Logue. pp. 259-273, Some Basic Principles Of Human Engineering And Reflexions Upon An Erotic Book by Austryn Wainhouse. pp. 274-280, Pheidippides by Cleveland Moffett. pp. 281-298, France as Seen by the Germans by Alain Clément. Clément’s piece is referred to at the head of p. 281 as Chronicles. pp. 298-308 are printed in two columns and a smaller typeface, and comprise three pieces described as Notes: Aldington‘s Critics by Alister Kershaw (pp. 298-301).  Graham‘s Nightfishing by Christopher Logue (pp. 301-303).  Curzio Malaparte: The Vision of Defeat by Richard Gibson (pp. 303-308). Drawings by William Parker appear on pp. 234, 243, 249, 258, 273, 274, & 280. Advertisements appear on pp. 299 (Les Editions de Minuit), 301 (Obelisk Press), 303 (Hedyphagetica, by Austryn Wainhouse), 304

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(Christopher Logues The Weekdream Sonnets, published by Jack Straw), 30(Collection Merlin/Olympia Press, and Samuel Beckett’s Molloy specifically) and 308 (Merlin).

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Binding: Printed card wrappers, with orange front and spine, spilling over to a 1-inch band on back. Remainder of back wrapper is white. Front cover: [centred at head in white l.c. large type:] merlin | [centred below title in smaller l.c. type:] the paris quarterly | [at foot, slightly to the left, and in orange within a thin white panel:] 75 c [space] 3/- [space] 250fr. [At foot and to the right, in orange within a larger and oblong white panel:] no [large] 4 | [small] vol 2.

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Spine: [at top of spine, reading down in widely-spaced white l.c.:] merlin. [At foot of spine, reading down in orange type within white panel:] 4/2. Back cover: [at foot and to the right of white section:] SOCIETE D’IMPRESSIONS PUBLICITAIRES | 75, Rue Alexis Pesnon  MONTREUIL | Tel. : AVR. 12-53.

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The inside front wrapper carries an advertisement for Merlin comprising lists of contributions promised for later issues and available back issues. The inside back wrapper carries two half-page advertisements, the uppermost for The Western Review, a literary quarterly published by the University of Iowa, and the lower for Lascaux, ou la Naissance de l‘art, an art book with text by Georges Bataille published by Albert Skira.

Any Questions please leave a comment.

Books for Trade: List. Traveller’s Companion Series duplicates (Part 6)

The latest batch of my Traveller’s Companion duplicates, as always available for trade against any of my Paris Olympia Press wants or any other rare or interesting items of erotica that might enhance the listing. All images are of actual books from my personal collection. The bibliographical description is courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press. 2007, Index Numbers (example 4.41.1 are the actual location of the description in the bibliography)


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5.51.1 THE WHITE PAPER Anonymous [Jean Cocteau?], 1957

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ANONYMOUS | THE | WHITE | PAPER | With a Preface and Illustrations | by | JEAN COCTEAU | de l‘Académie Française | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES |published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 7, Rue Saint-Séverin – Paris-5

Collation: 104 pp. 1-10,[11],12,[13]4. 17.6 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [i-iv] blank. p. [1] THE | WHITE PAPER, reverse blank. p. [3] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 5-9, Preface, signed by Jean Cocteau. p. [10] blank. pp. 11-46, text. p. [47] illustration. pp. 48-58, text. p. [59] illustration. pp. 60-68, text. p. [69] illustration. pp. 70-84, text. p. [85] illustration. pp. 86-88, text. p. [89] illustration. pp. 90-[94], text. p. [95] PRINTED | IN PARIS, | JULY 1957, | BY IMPRIMERIE MAZARINE, | FOR | THE OLYMPIA PRESS. | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1957 | [rule] | Printed in France. pp. [96-100] 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:] [three evenly spaced five-pointed black stars] | A [sic] | WHITE | PAPER | With a Preface | and illustrations by | JEAN COCTEAU | no 51 | 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:] 51 [-] A [sic] WHITE PAPER. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200.

Notes: (1) The translation is by Austryn Wainhouse, as revealed in a letter from Mr. Wainhouse to the compiler dated February 29th 1992. In addition to the five full-page illustrations indicated above in the collation, there are four in-text illustrations which appear on pp. 17, [25], 35, [77]. (2) A copy in the collection of Mr William Ashley is in an altered state with a black sticker over the original price indicating a price increase to NF 18. Mr Steve Mullins of London, reports a copy in an altered state with the price overstamped NF18. (3) The original edition of Le Livre blanc was published at Paris in 1928 by Maurice Sachs and Jacques Bonjean, in an edition of just twenty-one copies. No author’s name was given. Two years later, an edition with seventeen illustrations credited to Cocteau was published, but the text remained anonymous. (4) Suppressed on May 14th, 1959 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.

One Copy Very Good, full description of condition and extra images on request.


5.52.2 JULIETTE Vol. I D.-A.-F. De Sade, 1962

TC 52 Juliette Vol 1 1962

TC 52 Juliette Vol 1 1962

[Within a green border of type ornament:] DONATIEN-ALDONSE-FRANÇOIS | MARQUIS DE SADE | THE STORY OF | JULIETTE | OR VICE | AMPLY REWARDED | being a English rendering | from the French by | Pieralessandro Casavini, | in five volumes. | VOLUME ONE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7, Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris

Collation: 288 pp. 52.1-52.188. 17.5 x 11.2 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] .JULIETTE.. p. [4] .All rights relative to this English version | of \Juliette. are reserved by the Publishers. | Copyright c by The Olympia Press, 1962.. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[285] text. p. [286] blank. p. [287] .PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie Moderne du Lion, Paris. July 1962. | [rule] | Depot legal : 3e trimestre 1962.. p. [288] 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:] .D. A. F. DE SADE | THE STORY | OF | JULIETTE | VOLUME ONE | no 52 | 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:] .52 [-] THE STORY OF JULIETTE.. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] .18 N. F. | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A. & U.K.. Notes: .Pierelessandro Casavini. is the pseudonym of Austryn Wainhouse.

2 Copies both Very Good, Extra images and full description on request


5.53.1 JULIETTE Vol. II D.-A.-F. De Sade, 1959

TC 53 Juliette Vol 2 1959

TC 53 Juliette Vol 2 1959

[Within a green border of type ornament:] DONATIEN•ALDONSE•FRANÇOIS | MARQUIS DE SADE |THE STORY OF | JULIETTE | OR VICE | AMPLY REWARDED | being a English rendering | from the French by |Pieralessandro Casavini, | in five volumes. | VOLUME TWO |THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7, rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 272 pp. 53.1-52.178. 17.3 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] JULIETTE. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright by The Olympia Press, Paris, France 1959. p.[5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[268] text. p. [269] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed July 1959 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1959. pp. [270-272] 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:] D. A. F. DE SADE | THE STORY | OF | JULIETTE | VOLUME TWO | no 53 | 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:] 53 * * [-] THE STORY OF JULIETTE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.500. Notes: Pierelessandro Casavini is the pseudonym of Austryn Wainhouse.

Two Copies one Very Good one Good Plus. Detailed description of condition and extra images on request.


5.54.1 JULIETTE Vol. III D.-A.-F. De Sade, 1960

TC54 Juliette Vol 3 1960

TC54 Juliette Vol 3 1960

[Within a green border of type ornament:] DONATIEN-ALDONSE-FRANÇOIS, | MARQUIS DE SADE | THE STORY OF | JULIETTE | OR VICE | AMPLY REWARDED | being a English rendering | from the French by | Pieralessandro Casavini, | in six volumes. | VOLUME THREE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 184 pp. 1-108, 114, 128. 17.5 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] JULIETTE. p. [4] [rule] |Copyright © by The Olympia Press, 1960, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-182 text. p. [183] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed April 1960 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1960. p. [184] 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:] D. A. F. DE SADE | THE STORY | OF | JULIETTE | VOLUME THREE | no 54 | 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:] 54 [-] THE STORY OF JULIETTE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 15 N. F. | Francs : 1.500 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U. S. A. OR U.K.. Notes: (1) Pierelessandro Casavini is the pseudonym of Austryn Wainhouse. (2) A later issue of this volume in Mr. William Ashley’s collection is identical in all respects to the one here described, save for the following differences: the border is in black rather than green. The price information on the backwrapper is given as: Francs : 15 | NOT TO BE SOLD IN | THE U.S.A. OR U.K..  It is perfect bound and some of the signatures of the original 1960 printing are redundantly preserved.

One Copy Very Good, full description of condition and extra images on request.


5.55.1 JULIETTE Vol. IV D.-A.-F. De Sade, 1960

TC 55 Juliette Vol 4 1960

TC 55 Juliette Vol 4 1960

[Within a green border of type ornament:] DONATIEN•ALDONSE•FRANÇOIS, | MARQUIS DE SADE |THE STORY OF | JULIETTE | OR VICE | AMPLY REWARDED | being a English rendering | from the French by |Pieralessandro Casavini, | in six volumes. | VOLUME FOUR |THETRAVELLERřS COMPANION | SERIES | published by | [breaking the border:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 208 pp. Perfect bound and signatures irregular; those in brackets are inferred. [Juliette-*]4; Juliette-1  Juliette-416; [Juliette-516]; [Juliette-64]; Juliette-716. 17.5 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] JULIETTE. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright © by the Olympia Press, Paris, France, 1960.p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[202] text. p. [203] blank. p. [204] PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imprimerie Georges Frère, Tourcoing (Nord), June 1960 | [rule] | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1960. pp. [205-208] 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:] D. A. F. DE SADE | THE STORY | OF | JULIETTE | VOLUME FOUR | no 55 | 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:] 55 [-] THE STORY OF JULIETTE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] NF : 15 | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U. S. A. OR U.K.. Notes: (1) Pierelessandro Casavini is the pseudonym of Austryn Wainhouse. (2) An altered state in known with a price increase stamped over the existing price. The stamp, which is dark blue, comprises a box containing NEW PRICE | NF 18. Below the box are two lines intended to overprint the old price.

4 copies 2 very good 2 Good. Extra Images and full description of condition on request.


5.56.1 JULIETTE Vol. V D.-A.-F. De Sade, 1961

TC 56 Juliette Vol 5 1961

TC 56 Juliette Vol 5 1961

[Within a green border of type ornament:] DONATIEN-ALDONSE-FRANÇOIS, | MARQUIS DE SADE | THE STORY OF | JULIETTE | OR VICE | AMPLY REWARDED | being a English rendering | from the French by | Pieralessandro Casavini, | in six volumes. | VOLUME FIVE | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | [breaking the border:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 212 pp. Perfect bound; no signatures. 17.5 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] JULIETTE. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | by Imp. G. FRÈRE, Tourcoing, April 1961. | [rule] | Copyright © by The Olympia Press, Paris, France, 1961 | Dépôt légal : 2eme trimestre 1961. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[212] text. 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:] D. A. F. DE SADE | THE STORY | OF | JULIETTE | VOLUME FIVE | no 56 | THE | TRAVELLERřS COMPANION |SERIES. [Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the series no. in horizontal digits at bottom and title lettered vertically up spine:] 56 [-] THE STORY OF JULIETTE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] NF : 15 | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U. S. A. AND U.K.. Notes: Pierelessandro Casavini is the pseudonym of Austryn Wainhouse.

Two Copies about GOOD. Full description of condition and extra images on request.


5.57.1 JULIETTE Vol. VI D.-A.-F. De Sade, 1964

TC 57 Juliette Vol 6 1964

TC 57 Juliette Vol 6 1964

[Within a green border of type ornament:] DONATIEN-ALDONSE-FRANÇOIS, | MARQUIS DE SADE | THE STORY OF | JULIETTE | OR VICE | AMPLY REWARDED | being a English rendering | from the French by | Pieralessandro Casavino [sic] & John Crombie, | in seven volumes. | VOLUME SIX | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7, rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 204 pp. [1]-128; 136. 17.4 x 10.8 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] JULIETTE. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright © by The Olympia Press, Paris, France, 1964. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-201 text. pp. [202-204] 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:] D. A. F. DE SADE | THE STORY | OF | JULIETTE | VOLUME SIX | no 57 |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:] 57 [-] THE STORY OF JULIETTE. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] 18 F | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U. S. A. & U.K..
Notes: (1) No printing details furnished in the book. (2) Pierelessandro Casavini is the pseudonym of Austryn Wainhouse; John Crombie is not a pseudonym. (3) In a letter to the present writer dated January 11th 1976, Mr. Wainhouse stated that he was involved in translating only the first five volumes of Juliette. This was later corroborated in a letter dated March 17th 1986 from John Crombie who acknowledged that contrary to what the title page has to say he was the sole translator of volume six of Juliette; Mr Wainhouse’s labours on this ambitious project concluded with volume five, and it was initially thought that the balance of the book could be contained within a single volume which Mr Crombie was commissioned to translate. However, it became apparent that two further volumes would be required to complete the enterprise, and for contractual reasons now forgotten by Mr Crombie the name of Pieralessandro Casavini was retained on the first of these. The reprint of the Olympia Press translation of Juliette published at New York by Grove Press seems to have abandoned Mr Crombie’s volumes in favour of a totally new translation by Wainhouse.

1 Copy Very Good + , Extra images and details of condition on request.


5.59.1 DISSOLVING Tim Harrack, 1958

TC 59 Dissolving 1958

TC 59 Dissolving 1958

[Within a green border of type ornament:] TIM HARRACK |DISSOLVING | 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] DISSOLVING. 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 | DISSOLVING | no 59 | 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:] 59 [-] DISSOLVING. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: Suppressed on May 14th, 1959 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 Copies one Near Fine one Very Good Plus. Detailed description of condition and extra images on request.


5.60.1 I HEAR VOICES Paul Ableman, 1957

TC 60 I Hear Voices

TC 60 I Hear Voices

[Within a green border of type ornament:] PAUL ABLEMAN |I | HEAR | VOICES | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION |SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the border:] 7, rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 224 pp. No signatures, but [1-14]8. 17.3 x 11.3 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] I | HEAR | VOICES, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All rights reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris | COPYRIGHT 1958. p. [7] Until, gentlemen, you decide | further what my occupation is, you | may as well announce me as com- | forting 35 whirlpools below sound. | A Schizophrenic. p. [8] blank. pp. 9-[219] text. p. [220] blank. p. [221] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed December 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 4e trimestre 1957 pp. [222-224] blank. Binding: bound in green cloth boards, with red endpapers and with black paper labels on spine and front cover, printed in gold and white. Label on front cover measures 5.2 x 8.2 cm. and has a gold border decorated in black with the same type ornament used on the titlepage: [in gold] PAUL ABLEMAN | [in white] I HEAR VOICES | [in gold] THE OLYMPIA PRESS, PARIS. Label on spine measures 5.0 x 2.4 cm. and is similarly decorated, but at top and bottom only: [in gold] ABLEMAN | [in white] I | HEAR | VOICES | [in gold] OLYMPIA. Published in a matt, grey-blue dustjacket with an abstract design on the front in red, black, yellow, white and orange. The author’s name, title of the book and publisher on spine and front of wrapper in black and white. The inside flaps of the dustjacket contain an anonymous review of synopsis of the novel, together with advertisments for Molloy and Watt, two books by Samuel Beckett also published by the Olympia Press. At the bottom of the back inside flap of the dustjacket is printed the information that book was distributed in the United Kingdom by Zwemmer, a well-known art bookshop in London’s Charing Cross Road. Notes: As yet unkown in the conventional green-wrappered Traveller’s Companion format; indeed, its number within the series is not to be found in the book, but is taken from Olympia advertisments where it is listed as number 60 of the series. No price appears on any copies that have been examined, but Olympia Press catalogues list it variously at 15 and 18 NF.

2 Copies both very good

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Books for Trade: List. Traveller’s Companion Series duplicates (Part 5)

The latest batch of my Traveller’s Companion duplicates, as always available for trade against any of my Paris Olympia Press wants or any other rare or interesting items of erotica that might enhance the listing. All images are of actual books from my personal collection. The bibliographical description is courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press. 2007, Index Numbers (example 4.41.1 are the actual location of the description in the bibliography)


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5.41.1 A GALLERY OF NUDES J. Hume Parkinson [pseud.], 1957

TC 41 A gallery of Nudes

TC 41 A Gallery of Nudes

J. HUME PARKINSON | A | GALLERY | OF NUDES | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by| THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6

Collation: 192 pp. 41.1-41.616. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] A | GALLERY | OF NUDES. p. [4] To my friend | SMITH | without the benefit of whose exhaustive information | and diligent research | this highbrow survey of our lower nature | might have remained an idle project | J.H.P. p.[5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press Paris France. 7-[192], text, with printing details at foot of p. [192]: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed April 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1957 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:] HUME PARKINSON | A | GALLERY | OF NUDES | no 41 | 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:] 41 [-] A GALLERY OF NUDES. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: (1) Advertised in 1957 Olympia Press catalogue as being by J. Hugo Parkinson.(2) Suppressed on May 14th, 1959 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.

One Copy Very Good, full description of condition and extra images on request.


5.42.1 DEVA-DASI Ataullah Mardaan [pseud.], 1957

TC 42 Deva-Dasi

TC 42 Deva-Dasi

ATAULLAH MARDAAN | DEVA-DASI | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6

Collation: 176 pp. 42.1-42.516, [42.6]8. 17.6 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] DEVA-DASI. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press Paris France p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. p. [7] list of contents, reverse blank. p. [9] note by author, reverse blank. p. [11] PART ONE: | THE DEVA-DASI, reverse blank. p. [13] I | Birth of a Dasi, reverse blank. pp. 15-46, text. p. [47] II | The Bride, reverse blank. pp. 49-66, text. p. [67] III | Apprenticeship, reverse blank. pp. 69-86, text. p. [87] IV |The Service, reverse blank. pp. 89-109, text. p. [110] blank. p. [111] PART TWO: | THE WAY TO KAILASA, reverse blank. p. [113] I | Laxshami‘s story, reverse blank. pp. 115-144, text. p. [145] II | Menakram‘s story, reverse blank. pp. 147-153, text. p. [154] blank. p. [155] III | The Senyasi‘s story, reverse blank. pp. 157-172, text. p. [173] IV | The Discovery, reverse blank. pp. 175-[176], text, with printing details at foot of p. [176]: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed April 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1957. 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:] ATAULLAH MARDAAN | DEVA-DASI | no 42 | 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:] 42 [-] DEVA-DASI. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: Suppressed on May 14th, 1959 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 Copies one Very Good, One only about Good, Extra images and full description on request


5.43.1 THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION Akbar del Piombo [Norman Rubington], 1957

 TC 43 The Traveller's Companion

TC 43                         The Traveller’s Companion

AKBAR DEL PIOMBO | THE | TRAVELLER’S | COMPANION | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES |published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6

Collation: 192 pp. 1.43-6.4316. 17.8 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE | TRAVELLER’S |COMPANION. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. p. [7] PART ONE | A CRUMBLING FACADE, reverse blank. pp. 9-89, text. p. [90] blank. p. [91] PART TWO | I HAVE COME BACK, reverse blank. pp. 93-188, text. pp. [189-190] blank. p. [191] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed April 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France |Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1957. 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:] AKBAR DEL PIOMBO | THE | TRAVELLER’S | COMPANION | no 43 | 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:] 43 [-] THE TRAVELLER‘S COMPANION. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200.Notes: Suppressed on May 14th, 1959 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.

One Copy Good Plus. Detailed description of condition and extra images on request.


5.44.3 THE STORY OF O Pauline Reage [Anne Desclos], 1965

TC. 44 The Story of O

TC. 44 The Story of O

PAULINE REAGE | THE STORY | OF O | With an Essay |by Jean Paulhan | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION |SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 7 rue Saint Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 216 pp. Perfect bound. [1]-138, 144. 17.5 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE STORY | OF O, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Copyright © by The Olympia Press 1965. pp. 7-196, text of The Story of O. p. [197] JEAN PAULHAN |A SLAVES REVOLT | An Essay on | The Story of O, reverse blank. pp. 199-214, text of A Slaves‘ Revolt. p. [215] blank. p. [216] GROU-RADENEZ, PARIS. 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:] PAULINE REAGE | THE STORY | OF O | With an Essay by | Jean Paulhan | no 44 | 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:] 44 [-] THE STORY OF O [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs18

One Copy Very Good, full description of condition and extra images on request.


5.45.1 SEEDS OF THE RAINBOW Robert Desmond [Robert Desmond Thompson] 1957

 TC45 Seeds of the Rainbow

T.C. 45

ROBERT DESMOND | SEEDS | OF THE | RAINBOW | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6 Collation: 192 pp. 45.1-44.128. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] SEEDS | OF THE | RAINBOW. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press Paris France. p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. p. [7] With fondest love, my darling |Teddie, and with humility this book | is dedicated to you, who never left | my side during the typing of it. | R.D. p. [8] blank. pp. 9-181, text. p. [182] blank. p. [183] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed May 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1957. pp. [184-192] 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:] ROBERT DESMOND | SEEDS | OF THE | RAINBOW | no 45 | 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:] 45 [-] THE SEEDS OF THE RAINBOW. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: Suppressed on May 14th, 1959 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.

One Copy VERY GOOD +. Extra Images and full description of condition on request.


5.46.1 SIN FOR BREAKFAST Hamilton Drake [Mason Hoffenberg], 1957

TC. 46 Sin for Breakfast

TC. 46 Sin for Breakfast

HAMILTON DRAKE | SIN | FOR | BREAKFAST | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6 Collation: 176 pp. 46.1-46.516, 46.68. 17.5 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] SIN | FOR | BREAKFAST. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press Paris France p. [5] title, as above, reverse blank. pp. 7-[176],text, with printing details at foot of p. [176]: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed May 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1957. 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:] HAMILTON DRAKE | SIN | FOR | BREAKFAST | no 46 |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:] 46 [-] SIN FOR BREAKFAST. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: Prosecuted on April 7th, 1960 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. Full description of condition and extra images on request.


5.47.2 THE WORLD OF SEX Henry Miller, 1959

 TC. 47 The World of Sex 1959

TC. 47

[Within a green border of type decoration:] HENRY MILLER |THE WORLD | OF SEX | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking border:] 7 Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5

Collation: 128 pp. [1-16]4. 17.7 x 11.0 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper watermarked Bellegarde. Contents: pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE WORLD | OF SEX. p. [4] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | All right reserved by The Olympia Press, Paris, France. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] Copyright by Henri [sic] Miller, 1959. p. [7] facsimile of p. 5 of original edition. . p. [8] blank. pp. 9-10, Preface. pp. 11-20, text. p. [21] facsimile of p. 13 of original edition. pp. 22-42, text. p. [43] facsimile of p. 25 of original edition. pp. 44-46, text. p. [47] facsimile of p. 28 of original edition. pp. 48-54, text. p. [55] facsimile of p. 31 of original edition. pp. 56-70, text. p. [71] facsimile of p. 42 of original edition. pp. 72-76, text. p. [77] facsimile of p. 46 of original edition. pp. 78-91, text. pp. [92,93] facsimiles of pp. 59 & 60 of original edition. pp. 94-108, text. p. [109] facsimile of p. 73 of original edition. pp. 110-[125], text. p. p. [126] blank. p [127] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed April 1959 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1959. p. [128] 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:] HENRY MILLER | THE WORLD | OF SEX | no 47 | 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:] 47 [-] THE WORLD OF SEX. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs : 1.200. Notes: (1) A copy of this edition in the collection of Mr William Ashley has an errata slip pasted to p. [1]. Measuring 50 x 100 cm., this slip, which is printed in black on a light green background, reads as follows: ERRATA | PAGE 14: lines 4 and 5 should be transposed to lines | 4 and 5 page 15. | PAGE 32: 9th line from bottom: read riffling instead | of rifling. | PAGE 43: 12th line: substitute from for after. | PAGE 45: 6th line from bottom: substitute he for be. | PAGE 110: 12th line: substitute that for thay. Subsequent Olympia Press editions of this book , while textually identical, are reset and the errors corrected. However, as will be seen another error found its way in with the spelling of the authors first name as Henri in the copyright notice. (2) The first edition of The World of Sex was privately published in 1941 by Ben Abramson and distributed through his Argus Bookshop in Chicago. It was designed and printed by Nat Roth, who ran a printing company called Aries Press.

3 Copies all about Good, Extra images and details of condition on request.


5.49.2 THE BEDROOM PHILOSPHERS [LA PHILOSOPHIE DANS LE BOUDOIR] D.-A.-F. de Sade, 1960

 TC 49 The Bedroom Philosophers 1960

TC 49 1960

DONATIEN • ALDONSE • FRANÇOIS | MARQUIS DE SADE | THE | BEDROOM | PHILOSOPHERS | Being an English Rendering of | La Philosophie dans le Boudoir | done by | Pieralessandro Casavini | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | [breaking the frame:] 7 Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: 224 pp. Perfect bound; no signatures. 17.6 x 10.9 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.

Contents: p. [1] THE BEDROOM | PHILOSOPHERSř. p. [2] All rights relative to this English version of | La Philosophie dans le Boudoir are reserved in all countries. | Copyright ©1957 and 1960 by The Olympia Press. | PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | by Imprimerie Georges Frère, Tourcoing, Nord, in May 1960 | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1960. p. [3] title, as above. pp. [4-5] dedication, TO LIBERTINES. p. [6] blank. pp. 7-[224], 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:] D.A.F. DE SADE | THE | BEDROOM | PHILOSOPHERS | no 49 | 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:] 49 [-] THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHERS. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] NF : 15 | NOT TO BE SOLD | IN U.S.A & U.K.

2 Copies Very Good.


5.50.1 THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM [LES 120 JOURNÉES DE SODOME] D.-A.-F. de Sade, 1957

 TC 50 The 120 Days of Sodom Vol.1 1957

TC 50 Vol.1 1957

 TC 50 120 Days of Sodom Vol 2 1957

TC 50 Vol 2 1957

TC 50 120 Days of Sodom Vol 3 1957

TC 50 Vol 3 1957

[Vol. I:] D.A.F DE SADE | THE 120 DAYS | OF SODOM |OR | The Romance of the School | for Libertinage | Being an English Rendering of | [in bold:] Les 120 Journées de Sodome | done by Pieralessandro Casavini, | with an Essay by Georges Bataille. | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, rue de Nesle – Paris 6e [Vols. II, III:] D. A. F. DE SADE | THE 120 DAYS | OF SODOM | or | The Romance of the School | for Libertinage |Being an English Rendering of | [in bold:] Les 120 Journées de Sodome | done by Pieralessandro Casavini, | with an Essay by Georges Bataille. | VOLUME II [VOLUME III] | THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION | SERIES | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 7, Rue St-Séverin, Paris 5 Collation: Vol. I: 192 pp. *50.1-*50.128. – Vol. II: 208 pp. **50.1-**50.138. – Vol. III: 224 pp. ***50.1-***50.148. 17.2 x 11.0 cm. All edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: Vol. I  pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM. p. [4] TRANSLATOR‘S NOTE | The present edition of Les 120 Journées de Sodome | is the first complete and integral rendering to be | presented in English, and follows Justine and The | Bedroom Philosophers in the uniform edition of the Marquis de Sade’s complete works published by | The Olympia Press. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] All rights reserved in all countries by | The Olympia Press.pp. 7-10, publisher’s note. pp. 11-38, On Reading Sade, by Georges Bataille. pp. 39-[192], text, with printing details at the foot of p. [192]: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed July 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 2e [sic] trimestre 1957. Vol. II  pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM. p. [4] translator’s note, as for vol. I. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] notice of copyright, as for vol. I. pp. 7-203, text. p. [204] blank. p. [205] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed July 1957 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal :3e trimestre 1957. pp. [206-208] blank. Vol. III  pp. [1-2] blank. p. [3] THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM. p. [4] translator’s note, as for vols. I & II. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] notice of copyright, as for vols. I & II. pp. 7-[224], text, with printing details, which are the same as for vol. II, at the foot of p. [224] 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:] D.A.F. DE SADE | THE | 120 DAYS OF | SODOM | or : The Romance of | The School for Libertinage | ―VOLUME I‖ [―  II‖, ―  III‖] | no 50 | 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:] 50 [-] * * SADE‘S THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM. [Back cover, at bottom right-hand corner:] Francs 3.600 for the 3 volumes | Must not be sold separately.. Notes: (1) The title page of volume I of this edition is a puzzle; it makes no mention of a volume number, nor does it indicate that it’s part of the Traveller’s Companion series. Even odder is the fact that the company’s address, as given, is for earlier premises and does not match that of volumes II and III. The notion that it is merely a reproduction of the title page of the earlier, pre-Traveller’s Companion edition of The 120 Days of Sodom published by the Olympia Press, which in general terms it resembles, is quickly dispelled by a comparison of the two, which indicates they are typographically quite different. (2) Pierressandro Casavini is the pseudonym of Austryn Wainhouse.

One 3 volume set all Very Good + and an odd copy of Volume 2 same edition also Very Good +

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Traveller’s Companion Duplicates (Part 4)

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

New into the collection: Paris Olympia Press (Pamphlet) News: Good and Bad: September 1966

Well  an amazing find and not listed in Kearney. Nor to the best of my knowledge in any of the other collections auctioned in recent years. Something of a landmark, and almost definitely the last advertising pamphlet issued by the press from its Paris base.

Internal evidence suggests that this leaflet was prepared specially
for distribution at the 1966 Frankfurt Book Fair, which is held
annually in mid-October.

Scarce, late piece of Paris Olympia Press ephemera, from Sept. 1966,
comprising a single leaf of silver-coloured paper measuring 42 x 27 cm,
folded length-wise to create four pages. Page one carries the masthead
‘Olympia Press News’ superimposed over a photograph of what
appears to be Maurice Girodias walking down a Paris street with a
nun in the foreground.

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Pages 2-3 comprise a note by Girodias, dated Sept. 22 1966, headed
‘Olympia Press News, Good and Bad,’ in which is discussed, among
other things, the success of American and English editions of many
of his books, a publishing deal with New English Library in London,
the proposed revival of Olympia magazine and plans for Japanese
and Swedish publications.

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The balance of page 3
comprise a catalogue of the New English Library editions already
in print. 
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Page 4
A Paris Olympia Press stock-list.


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Paris Olympia Pamphlet Good News and Bad 1966