Charles Carrington Collection: JACQUES DESCROIX. LA GYNÉCOCRATIE    Ou La Domination de la femme. Précédé d’une Étude sur le masochisme dans l’histoire et les traditions, par Laurent Tailhade. Paris: Charles Carrington, 1902

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A return to my labour of love, which is the cataloguing of The Charles Carrington Collection, this consists of titles from my own collection and those of my good friend Michael Neal. I had promised Michael, before his untimely death last year that I would list all of the titles that I now own, and I have slowly been doing so between forays into titles that I would like to sell on. This one is from the Michael Neal Collection, and according to his provenance was formally in the Leonardt Collection. For most visitors to the site, the primary interest is in the illustrations, this title allows for a great treat because all of the many illustrations are by Martin Van Maele.


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JACQUES DESCROIX. LA GYNÉCOCRATIE,  Ou La Domination de la femme. Précédé d’une Étude sur le masochisme dans l’histoire et les traditions, par Laurent Tailhade. Paris: Charles Carrington, 1902.15.88cm. x 24.77. xiv + 317pp. Printed by Bouillant in a limited edition of 750 copies printed on Holland. Frontispiece + 20 illustrations and numerous in-text illustrations by Martin van Maele. Title page in red and black. This Book is rebound in luxury boards, in a slipcase, the remains of the original paper covers are preserved, there is some staining to page edges in places, but never encroaching on text or illustrations.

This is a French translation of Gynecocracy, Adventures and Psychological Experiences of Julian Robinson, published by Leonard Smithers in 1893. This present work retains the flagellation scenes from that original English edition but is expurgated of all the sexual descriptions. This work is thought to have been written by either Stanislas de Rhodes, a London lawyer or possibly by Havelock Ellis, although there is no hard evidence to support either theory. [See Mendes: 84-A]. La Gynécocratie was later published in English by Carrington in c.1912.

(Kinsey: 823.7 L158 g8F 1902. Bibliothèque Nationale: ENFER-168. Importante Bibliotheque d’Ouvrages Erotiques, Hotel Drouot, Salle No. 13, 11 Mars 1987, #256)

Bibliographical information  courtesy of Sheryl Straight.

https://www.eroticabibliophile.com/publishers_carrington_e_l.php


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SEE Also

Charles Carrington Collection: Jean de Villiot; La Flagellation Amoureuse. Charles Carrington , Paris 1904, illustrations by Martin van Maele.

Books for Trade: Jean de Villiot: Parisienne et Peux-Rouges, La Flagellation à Travers le Monde. 20 compositions symboliques de Henri Caruchet. Paris: Charles Carrington, 1904.


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Books for Sale: Vergerie, Jean, L’Île des vamps, (Collection de l’Églantine), 1938. Illustré par Sadie-Mazo.

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Last listing for now of the Jean Vergerie titles from Collection de l’Eglantine. please share any information or images of missing scans and especially information about the other titles. Details below.


http://www.bibliocuriosa.com/index.php/Vergerie,_Jean


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Vergerie, Jean, L’Île des vamps, (Collection de l’Églantine), 1938. Illustré par Sadie-Mazo. 171 numbered pages, (23 x14 c.m), printed 10th July 1938. In original publishers card covers printed in red and black. 7 of 8 mono illustrations loose, and lacking the duo tone illustration. minor splitting at base of spine otherwise very good.


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Books for Sale: Special Edition: Anon;Récits de la Villa Brigitte. Fessées Gaillardes et Authentiques racontées par les membres du club sainte Brigitte, Bibliothèque des Deux Hémisphères [ Jean Fort ], collection Cressida, s.d. [1911?]. 2 Volumes,16 colour plates (unsigned).

Charles Carrington Collection: Jean du Villiot (trans): La Flagellation Des Femmes en Allemagne. illustrations par Martin van Maele, Paris Charles Carrington, 1901.


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Books for Sale: Jean Vergerie, Tortures et lubricité, Collection de l’Églantine, Paris, n.d. (1935)

This Book

Introducing a short series of extremely rare flagellation novels from France in the 1930’s. Collection de l’Églantine, was  a very extreme player in the flagellation market, producing only 8 titles between 1935 and 1938, seven of these penned by Jean Vergerie, with illustrations by Chang Sao or Sadie-Mazo. Any information about this publisher would be most welcome as would scans of any of the illustrations that are missing from the titles in my collection.


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Rebound in in red cloth over marbled boards, original covers absent, 237 pages, judging by other titles in my collection this volume may have been cropped, as have the illustrations, It is difficult to ascertain how many illustrations were typical and I am aware that some of the later titles had a colour cover illustration. This title has 7 illustrations credited to Lany-R and Sang Chao. Text is complete and overall condition is very good.


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See Also

Books for Trade: Van Rowel, Désiré, L’Internat des châtiments, Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne Réunies, 1933 illustrated by Carlo

 

Books For Sale: J.Van Styk. Épouvantes Voluptueuses. Le Jardin d’Eros. 6 Rue de Tracy, Paris, s.d. [1935]


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Charles Carrington Collection: An English Doctor: How Women are Flogged in  Russian Prisons, Librairie des Bibliophiles, 1899

This Book

This one is for the bibliophiles, no illustrations! A very rare item,  effectively a pornographic novelette, written in letter form, a salacious account of an alleged visit by an English doctor to a convent prison  in Siberia, where he witnesses and records the most severe of tortures and punishments to  the female inmates, by which he finds himself extremely aroused, and following his departure from said institution seeks to re-enact his experience by employing prostitutes versed in the fetishist  arts. Strong stuff not for the faint hearted. And yes it is in English, a French version was published in a compendium of flagellation material also by Carrington but minus the sexual content.


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Curious Sidelights of Social History: How  Women are Flogged  in  Russian Prisons, Narrative of a Visit to a Convent Prison in Siberia, by an English  Doctor. Paris, Librairie des Bibliophiles, 13 Faubourg Montmarte,1899. In original publishers paper wraps, printed in red and black on a salmon pink paper, over plain card covers. List of English Publications printed on back cover, interestingly this is clearly over-stamped “12 Jan 1903”, Title page duplicates the cover and is also printed in red  and black. Contents. 12.07cm. x 19.69cm. xvii + 48pp. Printed on laid paper. Condition, Under a protective opaque sleeve, the book is complete, but shaken, stitching visible, in paper wrap, some light foxing to front cover and spine, Very Good.

This title is from the Michael Neal Collection


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The date stamp, obviously a later addition at the top of the back cover is possibly another indication that the books were stored in sheets and wrappers added when a copy was ordered, thus explaining some confusion caused to bibliographers, when advertisements for titles often list books, printed years after  the publication of the book under scrutiny.

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Eroticabibliophile Carrington

 

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How  Women are Flogged  Flogged in  Russian Prisons
Narrative of a visit to a convent prison in Siberia by an English doctor. Paris: Libraire des Bibliophiles, 1899.
12.07cm. x 19.69cm. xvii + 48pp. Printed on laid paper. Title page printed in red and black.

A note in the Kinsey copy states: “More erotic than the French version in Villiot’s Curiosities et Anecdotes de flagellation”.

Books for Sale, Aléra, Don Brennus. Le Journal d’une flagellée, Select-Bibliothèque, Sceaux (Seine) 1909.illustrated by Tack.

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The Select-Bibliothèque was one of several publishing houses specializing in fetish material that flourished in Paris during the first half of the twentieth century. Like the others, notably Jean Fort’s ‘Orties Blanches’ series and the ‘Librairie Artistique et Editions Parisiennes Reunies’ of Paul Brenet, the books of the Select Bibliothèque were published openly. Occasionally a title would cross some mysterious line and be prosecuted, but in general, since there was no sex in the conventional sense, these publishers were left to their devices by the authorities.

Despite the openness of these books, the publisher of the Select Bibliothèque remains unknown, at least to this cataloguer. Paul Jérôme writes of Don Brennus Aléra as being “un (ou plusieurs) des pourvoyeurs de l’editeur parisien Massy…”(Dictionnaire des œuvres érotiques, Paris: Mercure de France,1971, p. 484). In fact, Massy was where the earliest books in the series were published. The almost anagramitic similarity of the names of the authors of most of the books – Bernard Valonnes, Don Brennus Aléra, Roland Brevannes – suggests a single hand at work, and one that spanned in excess of 30 years. And it might not be unreasonable to think that the author was also the publisher.


For detailed information of the authors and series follow the link.

NOTE: The entry for this particular book is incorrect.

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Books for Sale, Aléra, Don Brennus. Le Journal d’une flagellée, Select-Bibliothèque, Sceaux (Seine) 1909.illustrated by Tack.

In original publishers, thin paper covers illustrated by Tack, in rust brown and green with black and white lettering, No 15 in bottom RH corner, title author and series with number printed in green on spine. Select Bibliotheque motif in red and green on back cover. Total, 148 pages, (List of 54 titles and 6 English language variant titles, on verso of Half title) (inc editors note), plus 8 full page illustrations by Tack in pairs on facing pages.(19 x 12.5 cm)
Paper covers ill fitting but fixed, splitting to cover at back, tail of spine, general wear. Extraordinarily rare in any condition and even more so complete.


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Aléra, Don Brennus. Le Journal d’une flagellée, Select-Bibliothèque, Sceaux (Seine) 1909.illustrated by Tack.


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Books for Sale: Guénolé, Pierre: A Strange Passion: Flagellation as Practised at the Present Day Studies, Documentary Evidence, Anecdotes. London and Paris, Office Central de Librairie, 49 rue de Seine MCMXIV (1914)

 

This Book

And rather a lovely surprise, An English first edition flagellation novel, with illustrations, and a great rarity. This one is for sale, but will take some hard bargaining to free it from my book prison.


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Guénolé, Pierre: A Strange Passion: Flagellation as Practised at the Present Day Studies, Documentary Evidence, Anecdotes.London and Paris Office Central de Librairie 49 rue de Seine MCMXIV (1914). Translated into English from the Original French Edition. In original publishers brown card covers printed in black with decorative border and duelling cherubs motif. Spine printed in black with original price (Prix 15 Shellings), presumably a wartime joke? ( see images),back cover with small dancer medallion motif. 203 pages (uncut) including six page catalogue + 1 page index for location of illustrations. (19 x 12 cm).

Originally published as: Guénolé, Pierre L’Étrange passion. La Flagellation dans les moeurs d’aujourd’hui. Études et documents. Office Central de Librairie 1904.


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Accompanied by a folded glossy sheet, with colour frontispiece, containing the six illustrations listed in the index, 4 in monochrome, and 2 in colour. Frontis and 4 illustrations signed James Barclay, 2 unsigned, but clearly by the same artist. Very light wear and creasing to covers, contents complete and in very good condition, excepting some clumsy separating of the catalogue pages at the end of the book.


 

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Books for Sale: Pierre de Jusange: La Comtesse au Fouet, Collection des Orties Blanches, Paris n.d. (1926), illustrations hors-texte de Martin Van Maele.

This Book

Well controversy, pursues me whatever I do. And another bibliographical puzzle. This one fits a sub collection, in that it has Van Maele illustrations, but once listed it can go, hence Book for Sale. My attempt to  confuse in this instance, is that all other copies on sale and the bibliographical reference indicate 7 hors-texte illustrations, but there are 8, as evidenced by the listing below.

As those of you that read, may already have spotted, I am displaying images in book form, so if you want just the image you will have to do a little work. I am no longer flat bed scanning anything, the books are too fragile and/or rare. Plenty of other sites have sterile paint shopped images, so go look at them. Any way my eyesight, perspective and patience are all completely shot and I cant be bothered.


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Pierre de Jusange: ( Pierre Dumarchey) La Comtesse au Fouet, Collection des Orties Blanches,79 rue de Vaugirard, Paris n.d. (1926), illustrations hors-texte de Martin Van Maele. Printer, Saint-Amand (cher) – Imp R Bussiere.  In original publishers thin card covers, printed in red and black on front cover and spine, original price of 25 Francs on spine. Back cover printed in black with list of 10 other titles in the series. 253 pages. ( 20 x 13.5 x 3 cm. weight 300 gr). illustrated with 8 (eight) (huit), full page illustrations by Martin Van Maele (unsigned), The condition of the book is good, though printed on very cheap paper, which has yellowed with age, there is some splitting to the tail of the spine at the front cover, (see images). The 8 illustrations which have been bound in, are on much better quality paper than the text, and have fared better, so I grade them as very good.


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Comtesse au Fouet, La PIERRE DE JUSANGE | LA COMTESSE [red] | AU FOUET [red] | Illustrations hors– texte de | MARTIN VAN MAELE | [block quotation] | Tome 1 [Tome 2] | PARIS | COLLECTION DES ORTIES BLANCHES [red] | 79, RUE DE VAUGIRARD, 79 (1926) 8vo. 254 pp. Illustrated with 7 hors-texte engravings by Van Maele, all unsigned. Printed by R. Bussière (15 Oct 1926). “Collection Des Orties Blanches” is the imprint of Jean Fort. He first published this title in 1909 and again about 1911 with illustrations by Ludovic Riezer. The author, Pierre de Jusange, (and the illustrator for the 1911 edition) is a pseudonym used by Pierre Dumarchey (aka Pierre Mac Orlan). (Bibliothèque Nationale: RES P-Y2-777. Kinsey: 843.8 M17 c68 1911. Importante Bibliothèque d’Ouvrages Érotiques: lot 271. Private collection)

Perry, S. A.. Martin Van Maele: An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist (Kindle Locations 182-188).  . Kindle Edition.


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See Also

Books for Trade: Pierre Dumarchey( Pierre de Jusange), La Comtesse au Fouet, Belle et Terrible. Jean Fort Paris 1911

Books for Trade,René-Michel Desergy, Diana Gantée Collection des Orties Blanches, illustrated by Léon Pierre, Paris 1932


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Pierre de Jusange: La Comtesse au Fouet, Collection des Orties Blanches, Paris n.d. (1926), illustrations hors-texte de Martin Van Maele.

Non Negotiable price is £200. And as I am not in the mood to put in the PayPal Button, if you want the book, or have questions, comments or suggestions, or even want to try to persuade me to sell it for less. Complete a Contact Form. Of course if you already know me you can mail me direct.

 

Charles Carrington Collection: Jean du Villiot (trans): La Flagellation Des Femmes en Allemagne. illustrations par Martin van Maele, Paris Charles Carrington, 1901.

This Book

Here we are again, back to the strange and complex world of the books published by Charles Carrington, (not his real name), under, in this case his most common imprint, being his company name. Nothing is quite as it seems with these books and if you attempt to follow future listings you will gradually become just as confused about it all as I am. For the moment lets just focus on this one title, except, it isn’t just one title. Confused? Brilliant, let us proceed.


Originally published in German, Written by W. Reinhard.  Lenchen im Zuchthause in c. 1848. Though claiming to be a direct translation of the German Edition, it appears that this the first, French language edition, was actually translated from the First English language edition, published clandestinely by Charles Carrington entitled Nell in Bridewell, in 1900 under his Society of British Bibliophiles imprint.

It is worthy of note that there is often significant variation in content, between French and English translations of Carrington books (in all imprints), A clandestine imprint usually indicating  greater sexual (pornographic) content, although at times the same device was used to hide the publisher from, outraged authors and fellow clandestine publishers when he had nicked their books without consent or in breach of copyright.

Nobody gave a toss about the flagellation stuff, and it was generally, neither censored, nor proscribed. Although this rule, like all good rules, does have exceptions

Brilliant!


As with other listings in this collection, I will distinguish between the actual book (This Book), and the bibliographical description, which describes how the book should have looked when it was made, Even this is subjective as very few bibliographical descriptions are completed “Book in Hand”. Mine are!


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Jean du Villiot (trans): La Flagellation Des Femmes en Allemagne. illustrations par Martin van Maele, Paris Charles Carrington, 1901. Rebound in red patterned cloth, over brown leather boards, spine in brown leather with title embossed, in red and black text and Publisher and date in black. Original (remains of) paper cover (front and back) pasted in. (original paper spine not retained), Number 309/500, on papier de Hollande. 236 rough cut pages. No printer referenced in this copy. Dimensions including binding (24 x 15.5 x 4.5 cm, weight 1 kg) Frontispiece and 19, duotone full page illustrations, signed (motif),by Martin Van Maele, each with its own tissue guard, (with textual description, and the number of the facing page printed in red). With 8 additional illustrations in text, by G.Dola and J. Wely.

Complete and in Very Good condition. From the Michael Neal Collection his note. Villiot – La Flagellation des femmes en allemagne 1901from the Leonardt collection lux binding slipcase.

NOTE: The following bibliographical description is in error,  the 20 illustrations by Van Maele, includes the frontispiece.


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LA FLAGELLATION | DES FEMMES [red] | EN ALLEMAGNE | Récit authentique d’une Prisonnière [red] | TRADUIT DE L’ALLEMAND DE | W. REINHARD | PAR | JEAN DU VILLIOT [red] | Vingt illustrations par MARTIN VAN MAELE | [vignette] | PARIS | CHARLES CARRINGTON [red] | 13, FAUBOURG MONTMARTRE, 13 | [short rule] | 1901 (13.97 x 22.86 cm). xi + 356 pp. Frontispiece + 20 engravings in red and black (with tissue guards), signed with Van Maele’s monogram. The in-text illustrations are by J.W. [J. Wely?] and G.D. [G. Dola?]. Printed by A.– G. Lemale [from a note in the copy at Kinsey] in a limited edition of 500 copies on Holland. First published as Lenchen im Zuchthause in c. 1848. This present edition is a French translation of Nell in Bridewell, published by Carrington   in 1900 under his Society of British Bibliophiles imprint. (Kinsey: 833.7 R369 l5F 190. Leonhardt: lot 419. Private

Perry, S. A.. Martin Van Maele: An Illustrated Bibliographical Checklist (Kindle Locations 290-297).  . Kindle Edition.


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See Also

Who is the Artist? Illustrations from Nell in Bridewell (Lenchen im Zuchthause) | (Society of British Bibliophiles, Paris, 1900,

Books for Trade: Anon (Gustav Droz), Un été à la Campagne, A Mitylene n.p (Paris) n.d (1920) (Briffaut). Illustrations by Van Troizem ( Van Maele )


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Books for Sale: DESERGY, René-Michel. A toute volée. Orné de 12 illustrations hors-texte en noir sur papier couché de CARLO. Librairie Artistique et Parisienne réunies, 66 boulevard Magenta, Paris (Xe), 1936


DESERGY, René-Michel. A toute volée. Decorated with12 illustrations hors-texte in black on gloss paper by “CARLO”. Librairie Artistique et Parisienne réunies, 66 boulevard Magenta, Paris (Xe), 1936. Grand in-8 broché, 14 x 22,5 cm. 254-(2) pp. Cover . illustration by Carlo in red and black. Printed by Dardaillon & Dagniaux, Saint-Denis, November 1936.

In original publishers illustrated, paper wraps, general signs of use, slight discoloration to covers, crinkling to spine, and splitting at the tail of the spine (front cover) (see images), contents clean and complete, with the full set of illustrations. Displayed here in book form.


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DESERGY, René-Michel. A toute volée. Orné de 12 illustrations hors-texte en noir sur papier couché de CARLO. Librairie Artistique et Parisienne réunies, 66 boulevard Magenta, Paris (Xe), 1936. Grand in-8 broché, 14 x 22,5 cm. 254-(2) pp. Couv. illustrée par Carlo en rouge et noir.

Texte typique de la littérature flagellante, par un spécialiste de la Librairie Artistique. Il s’agit d’une confession à la première personne de Roberte, initiée par son précepteur aux joies de la soumission, de fouet, des orties, du clystère. Le roman est suivi de deux longues lettres de lecteurs. L’intérêt majeur de ce livre réside dans l’illustration de Carlo, probablement le plus célèbre illustrateur français de sadomasochisme. Et l’un des plus talentueux et novateur. Son génie dépassa largement les frontières et il inspira considérablement toute l’école américaine d’après-guerre (John Willie, la Nutrix, Eneg, Stanton…).

Il avait débuté, sous le nom de Charléno, dans la presse humoristique, avant de devenir dans les années trente, pour la Librairie Artistique, le fascinant Carlo, créateur de tenues fétichistes affolantes, inventeur de tortures raffinées. Ses titres de gloire sont les romans très SM d’Alan Mac Clyde (Despotisme féminin, Dolly esclave par exemple). A toute volée, qui est probablement son dernier travail (il mourra peu après), illustre un univers érotique plus doux mais tout aussi sensuel et excitant.

Robert Mérodack, à propos de ce titre, écrit : « Partie d’un raffinement aux antipodes de l’inspiration de Charléno, l’œuvre de Carlo parvient à une réconciliation de ses deux tendances. Cela tient en partie aux auteurs qu’il illustre : contrairement à l’esclavage qui se passe nécessairement dans le monde sophistiqué des puissants, l’éducation anglaise s’accommode fort bien de personnages populaires. L’on remarquera cependant comment les héroïnes dessinées dans Dolly esclave et La Madone du cuir verni, n’exhibent plus avec la même fierté les gaines étroites qui ravissaient leurs consœurs de Servitude ou du Cuir triomphant. Les beautés de La Guinguette aux Orties et d’A toute volée ne s’encombrent plus de corsets rigides ; leur charme ne vient plus des contraintes qu’elles imposent à leur silhouette, mais au contraire de la liberté de leurs mouvements, tout comme dans les dessins coquins signés Charléno. » (Carlo, éditions Dominique Leroy, Paris, 1984, p. 94). C’est l’un des titres de Carlo les plus rares de la collection.

English Translation of description (with my apologies)

Typical text of flogging literature, by a specialist of the Librairie Artistique . It is a first-person confession of Roberte, initiated by his tutor to the joys of submission, whip, nettles and clyter. The novel is followed by two long letters from readers. The main interest of this book lies in the illustrations by  “Carlo”,  who is, probably the most famous French illustrator of sadomasochism. And also one of the most talented and innovative. His genius went far beyond borders and he inspired the entire post-war American school (John Willie, Nutrix, Eneg, Stanton…).

He had started, under the name Charléno, in the press, before becoming, in the thirties, for the Librairie Artistique, the fascinating Carlo, creator of maddening fetish outfits and inventor of refined tortures. . His main claim to fame is in the extreme, SM novels of Alan Mac Clyde (Despotisme Féminin and  Dolly Esclave for example). A Toute Volée, which is probably his last work (he will die soon after), illustrates a softer erotic universe but equally sensual and exciting.

Robert Mérodack, on this title, writes: “Starting from a refinement at the opposite end of Charléno’s inspiration, Carlo’s work achieves a reconciliation of its two tendencies. This is partly due to the authors he illustrates: unlike slavery that necessarily takes place in the sophisticated world of the powerful, l’éducation anglaise is very well suited to popular characters. It should be noted, however, that the heroines drawn in Dolly esclave and La Madone du cuir verni no longer exhibit, with the same pride the narrow sheaths that delighted their sisters, in Servitude or in Cuir triomphant. The beauties of La Guinguette aux Orties and A toute volée, are no longer cluttered with rigid corsets; their charm no longer comes from the constraints they impose on their figure, but on the contrary, from the freedom of their movements, in Charléno’s naughty drawings. (Carlo, Editions Dominique Leroy, Paris, 1984, p. 94). This is one of Carlo’s rarest titles in the collection.


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Books for Trade: Edith Kindler. Esclavage ou L’Agonie sous le fouet, traduit de l’anglais par Alan Mac Clyde, Librairie Générale, Paris 1932.Illustrations by Carlo.

Books for Trade: Désiré Van Rowel, Joues Cramoisies, Librairie Artistique et Édition Parisienne réunies, Paris, 1935. Illustrations by Carlo.


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Charles Carrington Collection: Weird Women; The Crimson Curtain; Happiness  in Crime; A Dinner of Atheists; A Woman’sVengeance. Translated from the French  of  Barbey d’Aurevilly.  With Eight Wood Engravings.  London.  Privately Printed. For the Lutetian Bibliophiles’ Society, (Charles Carrington).  MCM. (1900)

This is yet another title where the size of the book,its binding , age and rarity, made flat scanning impossible, so the images below are photographic, I am aware that they are not perfectly square or flat, but they are the best I can that I can do with available resources. In any case I  think they look pretty good.

A slight departure, In that this book is not strictly speaking, “erotica”,  It is however a clandestine publication, The Lutetian Bibliophiles Society actually being our old pal Charles Carrington.
This is the first English translation (by some considerable number of years), of Barbey d’Aurevilly’s masterpiece of decadent literature, “Les Diaboliques” a sort of mixture of crime, horror and the supernatural, more closely related to the Gothic novels of the late 1700’s than the erotica of the Fin de Siecle 1890’s. Originally published as individual short stories, the collection was published as Les Diaboliques, in October 1874. In December 1874, the book was seized and prosecuted as an offence to public morality, In 1875 the charges were dismissed. As is often the case,  the scandal made the book more popular, despite this, it was not reprinted until 1882 in an edition revised by Barbey and considered the definitive French language edition; this anonymous translation published clandestinely by Carrington in 1900 is based on the 1882 edition. The entire books is dedicated to strange stories of dangerous women, the French title Les Diaboliques, literally translates to “devilish”, but is generally accepted as “The She Devils”, not to be confused with the 1958 Ophelia Press title of that name which  is an English translation of Piere Louys’ “Trois Filles et leur Mere”

A fascinating character in his own right, Barbey was a great friend of Baudelaire and had attempted to assist him in the 1850’s when “Le Fleurs du Mal” was prosecuted. In his later years he was feted by writers such as Leon Bloy and J.K Huysmans.He died on April 23 rd 1899.

For an updated translation with a useful introduction see :-

Diaboliques: Six Tales of Decadence Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly U of Minnesota Press, 2015


WEIRD WOMEN ;The Crimson Curtain; Happiness  in Crime; A Dinner of Atheists; A  Woman’s Vengence, TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH  of  Barbey d’Aurevilly  WITH EIGHT WOOD ENGRAVINGS.  LONDON.  PRIVATELY PRINTED. LUTETIAN BIBLIOPHILES’ SOCIETY  MCM. (1900).12mo. (16 x 19.5  x  6 c.m) xv + 490pp. Two volumes in one. Limited edition of 500 copies on Van Gelder. 13 wood-engraved plates. Frontispiece by Lambrecht  + [8 by Emile Mas and 4 by Ren = René Lelong], all engraved by Eugene Dété. Foreword by Charles Carrington. Two stories in the book not listed on the title page: Don Juan’s Proudest Triumph and What Lay beneath the Cards. (Library of Congress: PQ2189.B32 D57.)

Note, The title page indicates eight wood engravings, The content actually delivers; Frontispiece and 2 engravings for each of the six short stories.


 

Frontispiece