Books for Sale: SIRE DE CHAMBLEY (Edmond HARAUCOURT), La Légende des Sexes. Poèmes hystériques. Bruxelles, Pour l’auteur, (vers 1923)

This Book

Something of an oddity, but nevertheless an interesting edition of this title originally published in 1882(3), this 1923 clandestine edition, is accompanied by a suite of 16 illustrations specific to this edition by Nicolas Sternberg, and a selection of illustrations from earlier editions, 5 by Van Maele, from the Carrington edition of 1908, a frontispiece by Rops from the 1921 edition and 5 by Bayros, from a source  I cannot identify. This book differs from other copies in that the illustrations are hand coloured. Altogether a rare and interesting edition of this erotica.

Title Page

SIRE DE CHAMBLEY (Edmond HARAUCOURT), La Légende des Sexes. Poèmes hystériques. Bruxelles, Pour l’auteur, (vers 1923). In-4, 143-(3) pp. et (27) planches libres, broché (manque de papier en tête du dos). Tirage limité à 380 exemplaires, ici un des 350 Hollande vergé (non justifié). Complet des 27 planches érotiques d’après Félicien Rops, Martin Van Maele, Nicolas Sternberg et Franz Von Bayros, dont 24 coloriées à la main et une dont le coloris n’est pas fini. * Dutel 1840.

This Book: In original publishers card covers printed in blue and black (28.5 x 19 cm)143-(3) pp. and (27) loose illustrations, paperback (lack of paper at the head of the spine). Draw limited to 380 copies, here one of the 350 Holland (unjustified). Complete with the 27 erotic plates after Félicien Rops(1), Martin Van Maele(5), Nicolas Sternberg(16) and Franz Von Bayros(5), including 24 hand-coloured and one whose colour is not finished. Dutel 1840.

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See Also

Books for Trade: Jacques-Antoine-René PERRIN , Les égarements de Julie. Conte Moral. Réimpression textuelle sur la rarissime édition de 1776 illustrée de 3 eaux-fortes par Léon RIBEAUNARDY. Bruxelles: Aug. Brancart, 1883

Books For trade: Guillaume, APOLLINAIRE: Les Onze Mille Verges : les amours d’un hospodar, Edité par Bruxelles (1942)

Books for Sale: MUSSET, Alfred de, Gamiani, ou Deux nuits d’excès, Paris: Pour les Amis de l’époque romantique ( Duflou)[1924].

This Book

Another clandestine publication, by Maurice Duflou, this a reissue of the original edition, of Gamiani. despite being referred to as mono, in the limitation the, illustrations do have some light colouration, another oddity is that all of the 12 facsimile illustrations have significant foxing which does not appear elsewhere in the text. I cannot explain this. This copy is enhanced with 2 extra illustrations , one in colour and the other in pencil and lightly hand coloured, with a signature that I cannot identify. As usual I have presented the illustrations in the order they appear in the book.

Bibliographical information is courtesy of Patrick Kearney.

Limitation and Title Page

MUSSET, Alfred de, supposed author. – Gamiani, ou Deux nuits d’excès, par A.D.M. Réimpression conforme au texte original ornée des douze gravures de Dévéria et Grévedon. Paris: Pour les Amis de l’époque romantique [1924]. 4to. pp.  86. Twelve plates ‘en héliogravure’ reproduced from the lithographs of the original 1833 edition. (29 x 23 cm) Limited to 320 copies, this being Number 69. Pages 5-18 contain a Notice bibliographique signed ‘Helpey’[Louis Perceau] and the Preface the 3rd. edition, Amsterdam, 1864, comprising an extract of the Mémoires de la comtesse de C*** [Elisabeth Céleste Venard,comtesse Lionel de Chabrillon] on the author of Gamiani, who is generally thought to have been Alfred de Musset. [Bibliothèque Nationale: Enfer 934.]

This Book: In original publishers covers, pagination as above, enhanced with 2 additional illustrations, the 12 facsimiles have significant spotting (see images), overall condition is good and the book is complete, effectively a book within a book, a very pleasing and rare edition of this classic erotica.

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Unique Original signed illustration

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Books for Trade: Jacqueline de Lansay (Johanes Gros), Les délices libertines. Roman inédit. Moncontour, au bonheur des dames. n.d. [Maurice Duflou, circa 1935].



A very nice clandestine erotica from the 1930’s.

Jacqueline de Lansay (Johanes Gros), Les délices libertines. Roman inédit. Moncontour, au bonheur des dames. n.d. [Maurice Duflou, circa 1935]. 149 pp, (15×22 cm), In original, pale blue card covers printed in blue, tile page in red and black. Nice print job, decorated chapter headings and capitals, erotic vignettes as chapter endings. First edition of this erotic novel, published under the pseudonym Jacqueline de Lansay, illustrated with 14 signed free etchings of the monogram DD. Copy on English laid out luxury (n ° 84/400).  Dutel, 1358. [Attributes: First Edition]


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see also

Books for Trade: Les Jeux du Plaisir et de la Volupté par une Femme du Monde, avec 16 illustrations.ANONYME [Johannes GROS] Published by Paris, Au boudoir secret.1906 [i.e. circa 1936]

Books Currently for Sale.

Books for Trade: Anon: ‎Voluptés par une convaincue‎ .”Mon livre secret” Sans date, circa 1938.

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

Books for Trade: Nunnery Tales, by T.N.R with illustrations by Le Roy. The Royal Press, London-Paris 1902 (1935) (Dugdale)


Revisiting an old listing to link back to missing images and to other Clandestine titles in English.

This book is going to auction along with around 50 other titles. All clandestine publications mainly French but some English.

Nunnery Tales, by T.N.R with illustrations by Le Roy. The Royal Press, London-Paris 1902 (1935)

Nunnery Tales 1902 Book

Description: Bound in grey boards which are worn at edges  and have some markings. With title author and publishers details in gilt on the spine.

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Nunnery Tales 1902 Illustrated Endpapers Illustrated end Papers.

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CONTENTS: Illustrated  End Papers-Blank ffep, Title Page (verso blank) Half title (verso blank) Limitation Page(Verso blank)  399 pages of text,blank end page,Illustrated End Papers (repeat of front). Illustrated with 5 full page erotic prints by Le Roy, and decorated throughout with cul-de-lamps.


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Rear End Papers Nunnery Tales 1902 Le Roy

The Erotica Bibliophile offers the following bibliographical information as part of a list of titles produced by William Dugdale.

NUNNERY TALES: Or Cruising under False Colours: A Tale of Love and Lust. London: Printed for the Booksellers,

[1866, 1867, 1868]

8vo. 3 volumes. 134pp., 128pp., 137pp. 24 colored lithographs.
Original edition. Later published c.1888, probably in Amsterdam by Brancart/Van Crombrugge. Another edition was published in 1899 Paris for the Erotica Biblion Society. A U.S. clandestine reprint was issued ‘By T.N.R. Lond-Paris, Royal Press, 1902’ [New York, c.1935] on laid paper. Not in the British Library.
(Ashbee: Vol.3, p.152.  Mendes: 26-A and 26-B)