Parisolympiapress.com: Update 05/02/2020

Still suffering from shock at our departure from the EU, I rather liked being a European, and dislike Brexit and it supporters intensely. That aside I am pondering the future of this blog, for unrelated reasons.

I have been running this site for nearly 5 years, and its sworn purpose was to assist in completing my Paris Olympia Press collection, which it did in a limited way, but I am very much aware that there is very little interest in the actual books, and even less in the Paris Olympia Press.

The secondary purpose of the site was to provide free access to information about rare erotica, and give full access to all the illustrations, working on the principle that the vast majority of people will never have access to such art,  because it is in the main hard to find and expensive and book-dealers seldom give access to the full set of illustrations prior to purchase, some even deliberately neglect to give the number of illustrations, which is usually an indicator that some are missing.

All of the books listed on this site are or have been in my possession, they are all real books,  that I have purchased with my own money, I do not keep many books other than my Paris Olympia collection, which may soon be sold. Every thing I sell I use the income to buy more books, or I have been doing this so far. I love running this blog and it has kept me amused and interested since I launched it despite having long absences due to, originally work, and subsequently ill health.

I have become aware that significant numbers of visitors are using my images for commercial purposes, which I do not have a particular problem with, other than the fact that they are not crediting this site for the images. I am pondering about how to make the site pay for itself, and considering, a number of options, including restricting access to members, charging a download fee, or even watermarking my images. Other options could be to offer advertising space, possibly to book dealers or book search engines.

All of the above, have little appeal to me,I rather like the idea of being an outsider and I enjoy sharing my passion. Going mainstream is something I am reluctant to do, but the alternative may be to give up completely and shut down the site. In the 5 years I have been running, I have had 97,800 visitors and 1,017,000, views, I have only 68 followers.

Not such great figures for 5 years, but this is without any other social media links, largely created by word of mouth. This site comes up on a large number of searches, and I like to think,  provides more real information, about the books and their contents than pretty much anyone else out there. Mostly without a lot of waffle, although I do have my moments.

I have probably exceeded the attention span of most of my visitors with this missive,(no pictures), but I want your input, and invite you to complete the contact form below.

Should I remain an outsider and keep blowing my pension on books for everyone to see for free? should I go commercial? open up to restricted access or members? should I try allowing advertising? or should I just quit?

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 



CONTACT FORM

See Also

Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.

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

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

 

 

The Story of a Bookcase: The Paris Olympia Press Collection 02/10/2018

After a long break from the blog, I am back in action more because of circumstances than by plan, but determined to make the most of my enforced idleness, I am updating material related to the collection and still seeking the few items that I do not have. Alongside this I am gathering the rare and obscure and hopefully bizzare items from around the web, to keep the semi-literate amongst you amused.

So just to remind you that the dedicated purpose of this blog is to provide access to information and images from erotica of all types, for free and to people who might not otherwise ever have sight of these books. But the primary purpose is to complete this Paris Olympia Press collection, and now that I need so few book titles, i am very keen to find the ephemera, for example catalogues, flyers, communication on headed paper, busines cards or anything associated with The Paris Olympia Press. l regularly update on new material coming into the collection, and list items that I am looking for under Books Wanted.

Here is an image of the collection in its latest state, please keep looking, If you have an item that you think might be of interest please use the contact form to get in touch.

Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.

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

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

Books for Trade:Wanda de S…, Françoise; ou Les Plaisirs du mariage. Aux Allées des Roses n.d (1937)

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.



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Wanda de S.
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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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Any questions or information about this book please complete a contact form.


See also the title below is live at auction.

https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/13663631

And on this site

Books for Trade: Diana Slip, Lingeries Libertines, No 1 September 1933. 9 Rue Richepanse Paris

Books for Trade: Diana Slip, Lingeries Libertines, No 1 September 1933. 9 Rue Richepanse Paris

Having stated quite clearly in my past post that I would be henceforth focusing on my Paris Olympia Press collection, unless of course something really interesting comes along, well something did!

This took an age to scan in but it was a pleasure, this extremely rare and rather lovely lingerie catalogue, is the first in Lingeries Libertines series, although I have no idea how many were actually produced. In part this item interests me because of the association, with the Vidal publishing and fashion empire, and in particular connections to editions Couvre-Feu et al. But although I have no idea which images belong to which photographer I know some are Brassai, and therefore there is a link to my Paris Olympia Press collection as Henry Millers ” Quiet days in Clichy” which, although published in 1956, is illustrated with Brassai photographs from the 1930’s.

Before I forget to mention this is an actual magazine in my collection, and it is available for trade against my ever-diminishing Paris Olympia Press wants, so find me some items that can be located under my Books Wanted listings and you could own the real thing.

So here for your enjoyment are the entire contents of this beautiful photographic memoir of the decadent  1930’s, “The Golden Age of Erotica”



See Also

Books for Trade: G.Maindouce,Sous La Jupe: Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, 8 Rue de Tracy, Paris n.d (1933)

Books for Trade: Maindouce, La Belle Polissonne ou le Délicieux Écart : Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, 8 Rue de Tracy, Paris (2e) n.d (1934)

Books for Trade: G.Maindouce,Sous La Jupe: Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, 8 Rue de Tracy, Paris n.d (1933)

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Having earlier posted the 1936 edition bearing the same title, I am very pleased to post the 1933 edition, the similarity between the two starts and ends with the title, this edition is basically an advertising booklet, the “Suggestive” illustrations exist only in the catalogues at the start  and end of the book, and the text appears to consist of excerpts from other publications. I think this is a marvellous item and I hope you will agree, I have set it out in the sequence of the contents,the illustrations, for the advertisements are small, and I have (in most cases), set out the full page followed by an “exploded image of the illustration. The image above at the head of this post is taken from the first page of adverts and is my favourite piece in the book and I have used it to space the images in the following. The insert below is from “Les Editions du Couvre-Feu” published by editions Astarte in 2013. P156

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The brain behind the bibliographical content of “Les éditions du Couvre-Feu”, is Christophe Bier, who I also believe to be the originator of much of the material used to illustrate that book. 


Additional information can be found at BiblioCuriosa.

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G  Maindouce. Sous La Jupe. Nombrueses-photographies trés suggestive., Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, 8 Rue de Tracy Paris  n.d. (1933). 

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See Links.

G.Maindouce,Sous La Jupe: Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, 8 Rue de Tracy, Paris (2e) n.d (1936?)

Maindouce, La Belle Polissonne ou le Délicieux Écart :

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Followed by 58 pages of text and extracts from Voluptés Infernales,La Belle Polissone, Les Passions de Giséle and l’Ardente Tutelle.

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Books for Trade: G.Maindouce,Sous La Jupe: Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, 8 Rue de Tracy, Paris (2e) n.d (1936?)

This is a significant departure from my usual illustrated titles, being a photographic title, this has come about because of my recent interest in a book published by éditions Astarté in 2013, entitled “Les éditions du Couvre-Feu”, which is a wonderfully illustrated bibliography of that imprint and others associated with it. Along with magnificent works illustrated by “Wighead”, and titles by the master of the bizarre  “Jim Galding”, there are a range of fascinating titles mainly on the themes of flagellation and domination, and oddities like this title that are more peep-show than porn.


The brain behind the bibliographical content of “Les éditions du Couvre-Feu”, is Christophe Bier, who I also believe to be the originator of much of the material used to illustrate book. 


I must admit to a degree of confusion over exactly which edition this is although it appears to conform to the second description below, taken from: “Les éditions du Couvre-Feu”,éditions Astarté , 2013; page 156-

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Additional information can be found at BiblioCuriosa, which notes the error on the  dust wrapper and cover of the book which as in this copy has the word “sujestives”, replaced in subsequent editions by “suggestives”.

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I am also unclear as to whether the photographs referenced in the 1933 edition as being by Roger Schall and BrassaÏ, are included in this edition, or if not who the photographer(s) were?

PLEASE NOTE: THE IMAGES ARE AS THEY APPEAR IN THE BOOK, MANY ARE POSTAGE STAMP SIZED


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G Maindouce. Sous La Jupe. illustré, Les Editions du Couvre-Feu, 8 Rue de Tracy Paris (2e) n.d. (1936?). Nombrueses illustrations sujestives. 116 pages including photographic plates on glossy paper. Single page advertisement for “Les Yeux Indescrets, as Vient de Paraitre (Just been Published)

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Any information or questions about this title please complete a contact form

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New into the Collection: Quiet Days in Clichy, Henry Miller. First Edition

A really good find, and the best copy I have seen in the last 10 years, you would not believe the trouble that I went to to finally get this in my hands, but now I have it a near fine copy, which is still resistant to being opened, hence the images are restricted to the cover and the title page.

1.16.1 QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY Henry Miller, 1956

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First and original edition | HENRY MILLER | QUIET DAYS | IN | CLICHY | Photographs by | BRASSAÏ | THE |OLYMPIA PRESS | 8 Rue de Nesle, Paris 6 | 1956 Collation: 176 pp. [1]-[22]4; the final gathering is actually signed 21, but should be 22 because due to a printer’s error the fourth and fifth gatherings are both signed 4 causing all subsequent statements to be off by 1. 17.5 x 10.5 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on thick, white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] QUIET DAYS | IN |CLICHY, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] FOR A |COMPLETE LIST OF HENRY MILLER’S WORKS | ON SALE IN FRANCE, | WRITE TO : | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6 | Printed in France | [rule] | All rights reserved by Henry Miller. Copyright 1956. pp. 7-171, text. p. [172] blank. p. [173] PRINTED BY | IMPRIMERIE MAZARINE | AND IMPRIMERIE AULARD, | PARIS, | IN JULY 1956 | FOR | THE OLYMPIA PRESS, | 8 rue de Nesle, Paris 6e | PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Dépôt légal, 3e trimestre 1956. pp. [174-176] blank. Sixteen pages of plates interspersed through the text.

Binding: Thick card wrappers, with abstract design in black, gold, grey and white across front cover, spine and back cover. Thin gray free endpapers.

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Frontcover; title and author printed in black within gold panel, superimposed over grey designs: HENRY MILLER | QUIET DAYS | IN CLICHY. Printed in black within gold panel: With photographs by Brassaï.

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Printed in black yellow panel on back cover: THE OLYMPIA PRESS. At the foot of front inside flap: COVER DESIGN BY T. [Shinkichi] TAJIRI. Back inside flap blank. Notes: (1) Some copies of this edition have been reported in which the plates have a gloss finish instead of a matt finish. See: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Dr. James F. O‘Roark Collection of the Works of Henry Miller (Santa Barbara: Joseph the Provider, catalogue 22, item A182). The compilers of this catalogue noted that their copy lacked the colophon, and so were unable to say whether this copy represents a special issue or whether it received individual attention. However, a letter from Roger Jackson, Henry Miller’s bibliographer, to the present author dated October 22, 1992, indicates that in all respects save the difference in photographs the copies he’d examined with matt and glossy plates were identical. It would seem that trial copies of the first edition with illustrations in both states were run off, perhaps to determine which looked better. Since copies with matt plates are more common one must assume that this design prevailed, but that the few copies with the glossy plates were released with the main print run rather than merely destroyed. (2) In William Ashley’s copy of this edition there is only one signature numbered 4 (on p. 33), and yet the arrangement of the stitching and faulty numeration of the later signatures is identical to the compiler’s copy. The only way I can account for this is to think because the signatures are located close to the edge of the leaf, in Mr. Ashley‘s copy the signature was missed during printing or cut off during the trimming/binding process. (3) Prosecuted on May 5th, 1959 under article 14 of the 1949 law.

Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number indicates the actual location of the description within the bibliography.

See Link

Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell

New into the Collection: Olympia Books 1957 (Catalogue)

Another pamphlet style catalogue from the Paris Olympia Press, reproduced here in full, and as part of the collection not available for trade, however anyone wanting a PDF copy of this item, please leave a comment on this blog and I will send you a copy by e-mail.


Any questions? just ask: Leave a comment on this or any other blog or page and I will get back to you, in strictest confidence


As always the bibliographical description is courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press: The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number is the location of the description in the bibliography.


14.5.1 1957. – Olympia Books 1957.

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17.5 x 9.2 cm. 24-page pamphlet, inclusive of illustrated wrappers. Illustrated with photos of Miller and Nabokov, photos by Brassaï, and reproduc-tions of artwork by Crannach, Cocteau, Ingres, erotic Hindu sculpture, &c. Included is a brief extract from Henry Miller’s The World of Sex, and short promotional notices of a number of Olympia Press publications, one of which reprints an extract from a Time magazine piece (dated March 18th 1957) on Lolita. A price list and order form includes assorted titles of the Traveller’s Companion series from no. 7 to no. 51. In addition, a number of the earlier Olympia titles by Sade, Miller, Apollinaire, &c. are listed, together with Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring and Lady Chatterley‘s Lover and vols. 1-4 of Frank Harris’s My Life and Loves, none of which were Olympia Press titles.


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Note: I have deliberately darkened the contrast on pages 19 and 20 to make the red text more legible. As stated at the top of the page, anyone wanting a PDF copy of this catalogue please leave a comment and I will forward a copy to you via email or DropBox