New into the Collection: The Olympia Press of Paris- the Publisher who Defeated Censorship. Catalogue 1962 (and one other)

As I have often mentioned before, the ephemera is the biggest challenge in trying to complete a collection. I am always delighted to find a catalogue. This one used to be quite common. I am always happy to be offered any similar items.





 

 









Below is a variant of the 1956 catalogue, with a link to my original listing. Same item but a different colour banner, orange instead of purple.

New into the Collection: More Curious Books and Amusements (catalogue) Summer and Autumn 1956


See Also

New into The Collection: Olympia Press 1959 (Catalogue)

New into the Collection: Olympia Books 1957 (Catalogue)

New into the Collection: A List of Ophelia Press Titles and Others 1959 (Catalogue)

New into the collection: On the Old Theme of Literature & Censorship with A List of Olympia Press Titles and Others. Paris Olympia Press 1958

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

New into the Collection: Prospectus for ‘Watt’ a novel in English by Samuel Beckett. Collection Merlin 1953.

For me this is exactly what I have been looking for, in a very good year for extremely rare items to complete my collection, here is one item that is amazing to find, and is the real justification for this Blog.


Prospectus for ‘Watt’ a novel in English by Samuel Beckett. Collection Merlin 1953. 12mo. Single sheet prospectus. Fine condition.

See Also

New into the Collection: THE GINGER MAN J. P. Donleavy, 1958 The Paris Olympia Press in dust-jacket with original flaps.

New into The Collection:AMOROUS EXPLOITS OF A YOUNG RAKEHELL. Guillaume Apollinaire, The Olympia Press June1953

Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.

 

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.

eBay Clearance

 

 

 

New into the Collection: The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis, Frances Lengel [Alexander Trocchi], The Atlantic Library no 7, Olympia Press.1954

The final title to complete my Atlantic Library set. An important addition to the collection, and increasingly difficult to find. Like other titles in the New into the Collection category this title is not for sale or trade.


4.7.1 THE CARNAL DAYS OF HELEN SEFERIS

The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis Frances Lengel 1954_0004

Frances Lengel [Alexander Trocchi], 1954 FRANCES LENGEL | THE CARNAL DAYS | of | HELEN SEFERIS | THE ATLANTIC LIBRARY | published by |THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 13, rue Jacob, Paris Collation: 192 pp. [1]-128. 17.6 x 11.4 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1-4] blank. p. [5] THE CARNAL DAYS |of | HELEN SEFERIS, reverse blank. p. [7] title, as above. p. [8] Printed in France | [rule] | Copyright 1954 | by The Olympia Press, Paris. p. [9] Introductory note. p. [10] blank. pp. 11-183, text. p. [184] blank. pp. [185,6], catalogue of all ten volumes of The Atlantic Library series, with descriptive matter for each. p. [187] PRINTED MAY 1954 | BY IMPRIMERIE RICHARD, PARIS | Dépôt légal : 2e. trimestre 1954. pp. [188-192] blank.

The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis Frances Lengel 1954_0001

Binding: Orange wrappers, trimmed flush. Front cover: [printed in black and all contained within a white oblong frame matching proportions of book:] FRANCES LENGEL | THE | CARNAL DAYS | OF | HELEN | SEFERIS | THE ATLANTIC LIBRARY‘.

The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis Frances Lengel 1954_0002

Spine: [lettered in white up spine, and all within a black panel:] THE CARNAL DAYS | [in white across bottom of spine:] 7.

The Carnal Days of Helen Seferis Frances Lengel 1954_0003

Back cover: [in black:] FRANCS : 660 | NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE U.K. OR U.S.A.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL Description provided courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


See also Links:

Books Wanted The Teasers

Books Wanted:- MELTING

New into the Collection: YOUNG ADAM Frances Lengel [Alexander Trocchi], The Atlantic Library no 6, Olympia Press.1954

An important addition to the collection, and increasingly difficult to find. Like other titles in the New into the Collection category this title is not for sale or trade.


4.6.1 YOUNG ADAM Frances Lengel [Alexander Trocchi], 1954

Young Adam Atlantic Library Olympia Press 1954_0004

FRANCES LENGEL | YOUNG ADAM | THE ATLANTIC LIBRARY | published by | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 13, rue Jacob, Paris Collation: 192 pp. [1]-128. 17.8 x 11.3 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] YOUNG ADAM. p. [4] THE ATLANTIC LIBRARY | LATEST VOLUMES | 1. THREE PASSIONATE LOVERS … | by René Roques | 2. HELEN AND DESIRE … by Frances Lengel | 3. LADIES AT NIGHT … by René Roques | 4. LUST … by Count Palmiro Vicarion | 5. MEMOIRS OF A WOMAN OF PLEASURE | by John Cleland | 6. YOUNG ADAM … by Frances Lengel | 7. THE CARNAL DAYS OF HELEN SEFERIS | by Frances Lengel |8. AN ADULTS STORY … by Robert Desmond | 10. MY LIFE AND LOVES (fifth volume) … | by Frank Harris| For complete catalogues | of Atlantic Library volumes and other titles, | Apply to: The Olympia Press | 13 rue Jacob, Paris, France.. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] Printed in France [rule] Copyright 1954 | by the Olympia Press, Paris. p. [7] PART ONE. p. [8] blank. pp. 9-81, text. p. [82] blank. p. [83] PART TWO. p. [84] blank. pp. 85-144, text. p. [145] PART THREE. p. [146] blank. pp. 147-[190], text with, at foot of p. [190], printing details: PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed April 1954 by Imprimerie Richard, Paris | Dépôt légal : 2e trimestre 1954 . pp. [191-192] blank. Binding: Orange wrappers, trimmed flush.

Young Adam Atlantic Library Olympia Press 1954_0001

Front cover: [printed in black and all contained within a white oblong frame matching proportions of book:] FRANCES LENGEL | YOUNG | ADAM | THE ATLANTIC LIBRARY.

Young Adam Atlantic Library Olympia Press 1954_0002

Spine: [lettered in white up spine, and all within a black panel:] YOUNG ADAM | [in white across bottom of spine:] 6.

Young Adam Atlantic Library Olympia Press 1954_0003

Back cover: [in black:] FRANCS : [660] | NOT TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE U.K. OR U.S.A. | PRINTED IN FRANCE.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL Description provided courtesy of Patrick Kearney The Paris Olympia Press. The Liverpool University Press 2007.


See also Links:

Books Wanted The Teasers

Books Wanted: Odyssey Library

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

TC 51 The (A) White Paper

TC 51 The (A) White Paper

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 (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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