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, (Briffaut) (1906).1906 [i.e. circa 1936] 1 volume in-8 (19.5 x 13 cm), paperback, 248- (1) pages. 16 illustrations in black inset. Printed cover in color. Volume in very good condition. Reference: Dutel, Bibliography of erotic works published clandestinely between 1920 and 1970, n ° 1795, indicates: “Original edition published around 1936. It is decorated with 16 illustrations.The book comes out of Darantière presses in Dijon, as does the sequel , “Confessions Libertines ” The advertised print is 600 copies on tinted vergé and 25 copies on vellum Arches. This one, 1 of 600 copies on tinted laid. Very good copy of this book sympathetically illustrated (The illustrations have remained anonymous but are in the style of Luc Lafnet). Very explicit pornographic text.
I am embarking on a short list, of titles which are all , what I refer to as rescued books, this is because although the general condition is at best Fair to Good, they are such rare titles that their importance outweighs any consideration of condition.
R. de B. Voluptueux souvenirs ou Le Souper des douze. Pour la bibliothèque des “Disciples d’Éros” [Maurice Duflou], Romainville. [Paris]1927. Contents 143 pp ,Rebound in red boards. Original frontcover, preserved. 12 B&W inset illustrations by Achille Devéria, reproduced in half-print and drawn in bistre on coated paper. Specifications : In-4 ecu. Book reserved for subscribers only and not for the trade. Edition limited to only 350 copies, this one being no 215/350, on paper Pur Fil Lafuma.
Notes : This work was written to accompany two series of engravings by Devéria: The Five Senses and The Seven Deadly Sins .
Back at last and with an interesting and puzzling edition, which has little in the way of background material to research, there are a few auction records, but as yet I have not found a record of a copy with all the illustrations. The information I can offer is lifted from : Martin Van Maele: An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist by S. A. Perry which is available on line and linked at the base of the page.
The present copy is, as often is the case with my books, incomplete, having 10 of the 12 illustrations called for, consisting of the frontispiece and 9 engraved plates, as always I request your assistance with ” filling the gaps”, so if anyone has copy of the illustrations required to complete the set, I would be happy to post them on this listing and credit the donor.
Update. 01/06/2020. My thanks to Kyle Strom, for directing me to Luc Binet’s: “Martin Van Maele: ou le diable se cache dans les détails (catalogue raisonné)”, and especially for providing a copy of an image missing from the present volume.
An image I had thought might me the mysterious 12th plate, turned out to be listed in an auction of yet another clandestine edition from 1905 with the artist credited as Fredillo. I am cautious about such matters as I am aware of at least one other title where Van Maele illustrations had been accredited to Fredillo. To avoid confusion I will return to this under a separate post.
Despite the grand claim to be published as part of the series,I cannot locate any other titles in this series by this publisher and given that Mitylene is an ancient archaeological site on Lesbos, we have the ingredients that identify this as a clandestine publication .In this case the publisher is Georges Briffaut, who used the Mitylene location with a number of other descriptors as his clandestine cover, for a small number of titles. With thanks again to S.A Perry, I can offer the following information:- The Leonhardt copy contains a frontispiece + 10 engravings, the Faur copy contains 10 of the 12 etchings, and the Perceau copy contains 11 of the 12 engravings. From the cover: Nouvelle entref illustrée de douze plances hors–texte à l’eau–forte de A. Van Troizem . Briffaut previously published a unique edition in Paris in 1910. Square 8vo. 222pp. Printed on Japon Impérial paper with 41 original watercolors, full page and in-text, by Van Maele. Carrington published an English translation in 1901 titled Correspondence Between Two Young Parisian Ladies . Poulet–Malassis originally published this title in 1868 [although possibly earlier according to Pia 704]
In my opinion the illustrations here, owe a significant debt to those produced by Avril for the 1905 Clandestine Hirsch edition. Listed elsewhere on this site and linked below.
Un été à la Campagne LE CHEFS-D’ŒUVRES DE LA LITÉRATURE GALANTE | [rule] | CORRESPONDANCE | DE DEUX JEUNES PARISIENNES | RECUEILLIE PAR | UN AUTEUR À MODE | [decoration] | À MITYLÈNE | CHEZ LES LIBRAIRIES ASSOCIÉS (Briffaut)  8vo. (19.3 x 14.2 cm). 186 pp. 10 of 12 hors-texte etchings done in black by Van Troizem, (Martin van Maele). In original publishers card covers printed in red and black, general wear to covers , contents loose and shaken, the illustrations originally tipped in and indexed with roman numerals are now loose.
Something of an oddity, an elaborate clandestine title produced in America, but the story purporting to be Russian in origin and the book production to be French,when in fact it is an elaborate hoax by written by B-movie mogul Val Lewton, producer of the 1942 version of Cat People and the following year’s I Walked with a Zombie
Three Times a Woman, Grushenka: The Story of a Russian Serf Girl Compiled from Contemporary Documents in the Russian Police Files and Private Archives of Russian Libraries Published by Nafkah Press, Paris and New York, 1933. 252 pp, seven sexually explicit black and white plates signed Kyu. In original publishers card covers, printed back and front in elobarate textual design in purple on white. This copy with too many flaws to list, but is complete both in text and illustrations.Claims to be one of 800 copies printed in Dijon, but actually an American publication.
Detail as per listing above, Rare title, complete with general wear. Item is sold as is, World wide postage included in price. Opportunity to purchase a rare erotica at bargain price. Request more detailed description prior to purchase if you wish.
Georges de Chanrosay, also spelled Chanrosey, is the pseudonym of an author, probably French, who published sadomasochistic stories at Éditions du Vert-Logis , and Éditions Modernes , which became M. Dauchy, F Schmid, editors in the 1940s .
Georges de Chanrosay: Les Amies de Lady Chattieley, Seule relation authentique des exploits scandaleux d’un club fameux dont tout Paris a parlé . Éditions Modernes,(Collection des Bouleaux Blancs). Paris. nd. c1935. 22.8 x 14.3 cm. Paperback, cover printed in red and black, 12 illustrations by W.Floger (pseudonym of Édouard Bernard), on white glossy paper. Very good condition. Uncommon or even rare work. Author : Chanrosay, Georges de [written Georges de Chanrosey on the title page]
Reference. Sentenced by the criminal court of the Seine 10th chamber on May 8, 1950 then by the Paris court of appeal 10th chamber on October 27, 1953; condemned by the Seine Criminal Court, 17th Chamber, October 14, 1953.
Georges de Chanrosay: Les Amies de Lady Chattieley 1935
See description in listing above, Condition is very good + a beautiful clean collectors quality copy. Extra images on request. Seller reserves the right to maintain a permanent record of this title on this site, post sale.
Extremely Rare. No other copy of this title world wide at time of listing. Price includes postage worldwide.
Those of you who follow my blog regularly, may recall my referring to myself as a master of the incomplete. This is because i have to search far as wide to find books that are often unavailable at any price, this means I sometimes buy incomplete items so that I can record their existence, before they disappear forever. It is true to say that many of these titles may now be available as eBooks, however despite the name they quite simply are not books at all.
The present title is such an example, and as the saying goes ” You cant judge a book by its cover”, that is especially pertinent to this book because it doesn’t have one! Yes sadly the colour illustrated cover is missing, I purchased it as it is with a black and white facsimile of the original cover, because there is not another copy on sale anywhere in the world. Anything illustrated by Carlo is in high demand and sometimes collectors need to buy what is available, so as to have a copy until a better one comes along. As I do not collect these titles I must take what I can get, which means I can share the result with you. If anyone can provide a colour scan of the original cover, to enable me to complete the listing I would be extremely grateful, and give them a mention.
Many thanks to Joe Zinnato of Eros Archives for the colour scan of the cover.
Van Rowel, Désiré, L’Internat des châtiments, Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne réunies, 1933. 22.8 x 14.3 cm Paperback, 218- (2) pages. Saint-Denis Imprimerie J. Dardaillon 47 , Boulvard Jules-Guesde. 10 illustrations by Carlo on white glossy paper. Lacking the front cover. Extremely rare in any condition and the 10 superb illustrations are present.
I originally listed this in February 2016, but have just discovered that the link is orphaned, no idea where its gone, but fortunately had all the images, so here it is again, and a welcome addition to my list of Editions Prima titles, this one is the most common of all the Prima flagellation titles, but it is a lovely book.
La volupté du Fouet: Armand du Loup :- Éditions Prima : Paris 1938, 12 (sepia tone engraved plates) illustrations hors-texte de R. Fanny. ( Etienne Le Rallic-1891/1968). In original printed marbled card covers, 255 pages, printed by L’Imprimiere Tassier October 1938.
A very beautiful book (no illustrations), which nicely combines my interest in early 20th century flagellation literature, and mid century clandestine publishing. This particular book , being a clandestine Losfeld title which I have never seen before, and it is a reprint of a work first published by Librairie Générale, Paris, 1931.
Alan Mac Clyde, Edith Kindler, Joan Spanking and Jean de La Beuque fils are pseudonyms for the author of several pornographic novels published in the 1930s by the Librairie Générale (84, Boulevard Diderot, Paris) and Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne Rèunies, imprints of Paul Brenet, a publisher specializing in flagellation and BDSM works.Robert Mérodack , has suggested that behind this pseudonym is hidden Maurice Renard (1875–1939) French author of several science fiction novels among which Le Docteur Lerne, sous-dieu, Le Péril bleu and Les Mains d’Orlac. His argument is based on a passage of La Reine cravache where Edith Kindler wrote «taxées de fantaisistes que certain auteur français de grand talent accorde à son héros le docteur Lerne, qu’il qualifie de sous dieu».
Mac Clyde, Alan, Dressage, Editions du Chinois (Eric Losfeld), 1950. 8vo. pp. 182. 1 ff. Coverture en papier gris-vert imprimèe en noir. Printed 15th May 1950. in original covers, pages uncut, Fine copy. Dutel, 1435.
Originally published :-
Mac Clyde, Alan, Dressage, Librairie Générale, 1931. 8vo. pp. 206. Illustrated by Jéo [J.B., Ely Costes et Carlo]. Illustrated cover by Jéo. BnF: “RES P- Y2- 939”. BnF: “8- Y2- 90000(1734)”. KI:”843.8 M126 d7 1932″. 
I have waited a long time to list this, I was fortunate enough to obtain a copy from my good friends’ at Libreria Scarpignato in Rome. who agreed that the book is well travelled and worn, and indeed its boards are beaten, almost as though subjected to the kind of thrashing so artfully displayed in its contents, its front cover is taped and it is shaken , perhaps it had forgotten its safe word? But despite all this it has survived, it has wonderful presence, it has weight and it a delight to hold, printed on heavy gloss paper, and illustrations that are out of this world. and so very rare.
Wighead is my favourite artist of this genre, I have been fortunate enough to have owned a small number of the original titles illustrated by this genius of decadent art who still remains unidentified. This listing is a first draft and I will add blow ups of some of the images a few at a time, this is for my benefit as I am sure the picture vultures will descend and claim the images as their own, and display them without context. This is a book, and in the first instance the images are displayed as they appear in the book, I have cropped some of the smaller images, which I use to act as spacers between, the pages, as anyone who reads any of my editorial commentary will be aware, I just love a book that provides all the elements for its listing on my blog.
Grégor Yvan. Chair Sanglée ou les Voluptés fetichistes, Le Jardin D’eros, rue de Tracy, Paris, s.d. (circa1935). In-8 (14 x 22.5 cm), 155 pages. Rebound with original colour illustrated cover preserved, frontispiece, 30 vignettes in-texte, 12 lettres de chapitre illustrées et 6 culs-de-lampe en noir par Wighead. La Couverture porte mention
« Nombreuses illustration suggetives de Wighead initiant aux secrets des passions les plus mystérieuses »; imprimerie spêciale du Jardin d’Eros. 120 boulevard de l’Hôpital, Paris.
Another title from the “Vidal” stable of of bookshops and publishers, which was composed of,- Les éditions du Couvre-feu : éditions d’Antin, éditions du Chevet, édition Curio, éditions Georges de Cayla, éditions Idéal, éditions de Minuit, éditions Richepanse & Le Jardin d’Eros.
The challenge with presenting this title was in the illustrations which although described as red are in fact a pale pink colour, I have had to play with the exposure setting to get the images to show up, my scans are clearer than the originals. The illustrations are unsigned but remind me somewhat of Mahlon Blaine, any suggestions please complete a contact form.
Bibliographic description Christophe Bier Les éditions du Couvre-feu Editions Astarte 2013
Jean d’Ayeud. La Fesseuse Passionnée ou Les Voluptueses Fessés. La Jardin d’Eros, 6 rue de Tracy, Paris,s.d. (circa 1935) in -8 (14 x 22.5 cm) 297 p.p. Original cover, and spine printed in red, 16 illustrations hors-texte in red (unsigned) on glossy paper. Printed by Imprimerie Mestivier and Mayer, 25 rue de la Duée. Paris. Delicate item, with very thin printed cover, general wear to covers and to head and tail of spine(see images), all 16 illustrations are present, contents complete, overall Very Good. condition. NOTE: black tape across top corner, no idea why, removable , but might do more harm than good.
Jean d’Ayeud. La Fesseuse Passionnée ou Les Voluptueses Fessés. La Jardin d’Eros, 6 rue de Tracy, Paris,s.d. (circa 1935)
See detailed description above, price includes postage World Wide. Please feel free request any other information prior to purchase. At time of listing this is the only copy available world wide. Item is sold as is.