New into the Collection: Lessons in Love,Marjorie Cartwright, Odyssey Library Copenhagen 1963

One that i was beginning to wonder if i would ever see a copy but here it is and very welcome too, many thanks to my new contact Jacques, who improved my collection with three boxes of books, even if nearly 100 were New York Olympia titles, this one did appear in the New York series but here is the real thing.

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


12.2.1 LESSONS IN LOVE Marjorie Cartwright, 1963

[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] LESSONS IN | LOVE by Marjorie | Cartwright [two typographic fig leafs] | 2 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 244 pp. No signatures, but [1-14]8, [15]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], LESSONS IN | LOVE by Marjorie | Cartwright [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-241, text. pp. [242-244] blank.

 

Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the title page, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title,ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red. The title, author, series number and publisher are in white.

[Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] LESSONS IN LOVE by Marjorie Cartwright.

[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET. Notes: Reprinted under the title Rape of the Statue by the Olympia Press in New York in 1968 as no. 104 of the Ophelia Press imprint.

Keen to find other copies of this title and any others in the series.

New into the Collection: Flesh Raffle, Jim Dobbs, Odyssey Library Copenhagen 1963

In all its battered glory, the first new addition to my primary collection for some weeks, and a very important find for me.


Very pleased to add this one but still looking for others in this series, do not mind having multiple copies as this improves my trading options.


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


12.1.1 FLESH RAFFLE Jim Dobbs, 1963

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[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] [three typographic fig leafs] FLESH | RAFFLE by | jim dobbs [two typographic fig leafs] | 1 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 196 pp. No signatures, but [1-11]8, [12]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], [three typographic fig leafs] FLESH | RAFFLE by | jim dobbs [two typographic fig leafs], reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-196, text.

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Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white.

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[Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] FLESH RAFFLE by Jim Dobbs.

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[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET Notes: This is probably the original edition of a novel called Hot Lottery credited to the same author and advertised by the Olympia Press in New York about 1967 as volume 215 of the Traveller’s Companion Series. A comparison of the two books, however, has not yet been undertaken because a copy of the supposed American reprint has not been located. Other books appearing under this pseudonym from other publishers in the United States include In Lust and War (1969) and Island Lust (1969). A third novel, Chateau Venus, was published by the Olympia Press in New York in 1968.

See also:

Books Wanted Odyssey Library

Books Wanted Ephemera: The Teasers.


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: Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov. Olympia Press 1955 (First edition)

Something of a triumph this, purchased on eBay at a very good price and a much better copy than many listed on book sites a twice the price and more. An interesting point with this two volume set, is the second state status, it has because of the price increase stickers, which are actually easily removed, but I rather like them, and have never seen a copy with the stickers on before, presumably because book-dealers tend to remove them. The over price sticker only indicates that the books were not sold until after 1961, when the Franc was revalued. Also the stickers are a much preferable effect than the alternative which is either a  ink stamped over price, or even the price being completely obliterated.


As a New into the Collection title, these books are not available for sale or trade.


Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007.


1.13.1 LOLITA Vladimir Nabokov, 1955

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VLADIMIR NABOKOV | LOLITA | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 8, Rue de Nesle, Paris 6e Collation: two volumes. 192, 224 pp. Vol. 1: 1*-6*16. Vol. 2: 1**-7**16. 17.0 x 10.7 cm., all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: Vol. 1: pp. [i,ii] blank. p. [1] LOLITA, reverse blank. p. [3] title, as above. p. [4] All rights reserved in all countries. | Copyright 1955 by V. Nabokov and The Olympia Press . p. [5], PART ONE, reverse blank. pp. 7-10, Foreword by John Ray, Jr. Ph.D. [numeration skips pp. 11-12.] pp. 13-188, text. p. [189] blank. p. [190] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] |Printed in August 1955 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 3e 1955 .

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Vol. 2: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3] LOLITA, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6] All rights reserved in all countries. | Copyright 1955 by V. Nabokov and The Olympia Press . p.[7], PART TWO, reverse blank. pp. 9-223, text. p. [224] PRINTED IN FRANCE | [rule] | Printed in August 1955 by S.I.P., Montreuil, France | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1955 .

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Binding: Green wrappers, printed in black. Front cover framed within 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. Front cover: VLADIMIR NABOKOV | LOLITA |Volume One | THE | OLYMPIA | PRESS.

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Binding: Green wrappers, printed in black. Front cover framed within 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. Front cover: VLADIMIR NABOKOV | LOLITA |Volume  Two]| THE | OLYMPIA | PRESS

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Spine: [printed up spine, within a white panel edged in black:] *  LOLITA.

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Spine: [printed up spine, within a white panel edged in black:] ** LOLITA.

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Back cover: [at bottom right:] Francs : 900. (Over price Sticker FRANCS 1200)

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Back cover: [at bottom right:] Francs : 900. (Over price Sticker FRANCS 1200)

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) This is the true first edition. It appeared in the distinctive green wrappers of the Traveller’s Companion Series, but not numbered and lacks any indication of being part of a series. Hence it is treated here as a general Olympia Press publication and not part of the TCS. See 7.66. (4) A handsome facsimile reprint of the first edition of Lolita was published in 1983 by the First Edition Library, Shelton, Connecticut, by arrangement with Alfred Knopf. It was issued in clamshell box covered in undressed buckram, with green leather labels blocked in gilt. The reprint was one of three that were done of scandalous modern works, the others being Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and James Joyce’s Ulysses.


See Also LINKS

Books Wanted: Springtime in Paris,

Books for Trade: List. Traveller’s Companion Series duplicates (Part 9)

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

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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.

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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‘.

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

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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

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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.

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

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

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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

Clandestine Erotica: Some thoughts on Clandestine/Defiant Literature and the battle against Censorship

At the risk of setting myself up as an expert, which I most certainly am not, I want to put some context around what to me has been and still is an absolutely fascinating area in the history of publishing. I make the distinction between clandestine publications which most heavy end erotica was for centuries, as it was the pornography of its time, and has only become erotica with the passage of time, offering a thinly veiled respectability to those interested in its content. The risk associated with the publication of such material was enormous in from the 18th century through to  the late 20th century and arguably not entirely risk free today,


Jean Marie Goulemot

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Forbidden Texts Polity Press 1994


Defiant literature as I have called it, is a later phenomena where publishers such as Girodias at The Olympia Press, and to a lesser degree his Father Jack Kahane, founder of the Obelisk Press, and their French counterpart Eric Losfeld a contemporary and friend of Girodias, published material with their name attached and the address of their business and said “here I am come and get me”, and come they did. Although Losfeld published a large number of clandestine titles, and I suspect, but cannot prove that Kahane put out a small number, to the best of my knowledge Girodias published all of his titles openly but not without subterfuge.


Colette Colligan

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A Publishers Paradise Massachusetts 2014



Early clandestine publishing has a complex and by design, difficult to follow history, although if you attempt to read any of this material, as with modern pornography, once the peak of erotic interest has been reached it becomes unreadable, however many early clandestine books had another purpose, many were anti religious tracts or slanders against the state or crown, where even if not actually naming an individual, to those who could read in those times (not that many) the central characters carrying out the acts of debauchery were clearly identifiable. Understandably the target of such ridicule, who were powerful individuals were intent on exacting revenge, should the opportunity allow, and punishments for those caught were extreme, I can’t imagine being imprisoned has ever been much fun, but the thought of an 18th century prison, defies comprehension for the modern mind

Punishment for publishers of such books in the 18th and 19th centuries,if they ever got out of prison, could range from having all of their books seized and destroyed, to having the right to print anything removed, as in many countries the activity had been licensed, in recognition of the pen being mightier than the sword. Banishment was not an uncommon punishment, this might just be from a City and its environs, an area of a country, and if you were not a citizen the country itself. A frightening prospect  for most, and in many cases the end of their career and livelihood, others however shrugged their shoulders and moved on and became publishing nomads shifting around Europe in search of more liberal attitudes to their activities, but never really safe from the long reach of their historical subjects of ridicule.


Patrick Kearney

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A History of Erotic Literature Macmillan 1982


As a result of the risks, many devious strategies developed to avoid detection, this ranges from having your books printed in another country, a common practice, to concealing the identity of the publisher behind a mesh of misinformation on the title page of the books, with comically constructed fake details of location , name and date, a practice that continued up until the 1960’s, for many of these books there is still no certainty who produced them or even where they were produced.


John Calder

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The Garden of Eros Alma 2013


As for the Defiant publications, these were much more  clearly a battle against state interference in controlling what could or could not be read by you or I, Kahane, Girodias and Losfeld all believed in their right to publish, and your right to decide whether or not to read, they saw state censorship as an invasion of the rights of the individual and produced amongst the smut and the porn, or whatever you prefer to call it, some of the finest avant-garde literature produced in the last century, as well as historical works never before available in English, I defy anyone to name any other publisher with a list as impressive as Girodias.


John Baxter

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A Pound of Paper Doubleday 2002


Within this post and fairly randomly are examples of books you really should read if you are genuinely interested in this area of publishing, there are many many more titles but you can find your own way, and within each of these are references to other books which you can pursue at your leisure, the selection above provides a nice mix of old and new.


Anyone requiring any more suggestions or wishing to make any please leave a comment or complete a contact form.

New into The Collection: Olympia Press 1959 (Catalogue)

Another boost to my ceaseless pursuit of any and all Paris Olympia Press ephemera, such items are always welcome and although not for Trade or Sale, I will list them in full on the site and a PDF copy will be available to anyone who asks, free of charge.


The bibliographical description is courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press. Liverpool University Press 2007, the index number is the actual location of the description in the bibliography. The images are from the actual item which is part of my collection.


Any Questions please leave a comment


14.11.1 1959.  Olympia Press 1959.

Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Front Cover

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18.6 x 9.4 cm. pp. 28, incl. coloured wrappers illustrated with reproductions of Traveller’s Companion volumes against red and black backgrounds, and, on the front wrapper, a detail of a nude woman from a painting.

Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Open Covers

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 1 and 2

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 3 and 4

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 5 and 6

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 7 and 8

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 9 and 10

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 11 and 12

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 13 and 14

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 15 and 16

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 17 and 18

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 19 and 20

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 21 and 22

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 23 and 24

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 25 and 26

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Olympia Press catalogue 1959 Pages 27 and 28

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Interior Illustrated with photos of Lawrence Durrell,William Burroughs, Vladimir Nabokov, Roger Casement & native entourage, judges in Casement trial, Aubrey Beardsley, and Henry Miller, together with reproductions of Olympia Press book covers, sculpture and art by Monet. Contains brief extracts or write-ups of The Black Book, Zazie or The Sex of Angels [sic], The Naked Lunch, Lolita, The Black Diaries, Under the Hill, The Gaudy Image, Our Lady of the Flowers, The White Paper, Teleny, Classical Hindu Erotology, Melting, My Life and Loves, The Fetish Crowd, Deva-Dasi, Juliette, 120 Days of Sodom, Sodom, Story of O, Sexus, Plexus and Nexus, Quiet Days in Clichy, The World of Sex, I Hear Voices, Houses of Joy, the Beckett trilogy, Watcher and the Watched, Pleasures and Follies, Two Novels by Guillaume Apollinaire and the Vicarion collections of beady songs and limericks. Notes: (1) Nexus was never published by the Olympia Press. (2) Zazie or The Sex of Angels was eventually issued under its original French title, Zazie dans le Metro.


PDF copy available on request, just leave a comment and I will email you a copy FREE

SEE ALSO (LINKS)

Ophelia Catalogue 1959

Olympia catalogue 1957

Olympia Catalogue 1956

Olympia Press Pamphlet 1966


New into the Collection: Scream my Darling Scream, Angela Pearson, Odyssey Library Copenhagen 1963.

Actually been in the collection for a couple of weeks and originally posted as a page which quickly becomes invisible re-listed here as a post.

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

The images are the actual book now part of my collection and Not Available to Trade or for sale.


12.4.1 SCREAM, MY DARLING, SCREAM Angela Pearson [John Millington-Ward], 1963

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[Within a black, highly ornamental frame comprising on each side statues on plinths and surmounted by mythological, tailed figures, the whole resting on a base decorated florally and at its centre a cameo:] [two typographic fig leafs] SCREAM, | MY DARLING, | SCREAM ! by | Angela Pearson | 4 | THE ODYSSEY LIBRARY

Collation: 196 pp. No signatures, but [1-11]8, [12]10. The final signature has an additional double leaf, inserted. Printed on white wove paper. Contents: pp. [1,2] blank. p. [3], [two typographic fig leafs] SCREAM,| MY DARLING, | SCREAM ! by | angela pearson, reverse blank. p. [5] title, as above. p. [6], Printed in Denmark | June 1963 by Behrndt Offset. Copyright by the Odyssey Library | © 1963. All rights of reproduction in all countries strictly re- | served. Any infringement of copyright will be prosecuted. pp. 7-195, text. p. [196] blank.

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Binding: Matt dark red wrappers, trimmed flush with the book. The front wrapper reproduces the titlepage, except for the following differences. The ornamental border is in white.  The central panel where the title, author, &c. are given is in black.  The typographic fig leaves are dark red.  The title, author, series number and publisher are in white.

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[Spine; within a white, black-edged panel, the title and author lettered in black down spine:] SCREAM, MY DARLING, SCREAM ! by angela pearson.

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[Backwrapper; at foot, lettered in white within a solid black panel:] U.S. dollars 3,60 or equivalent in other currencies. [Printed in small black type at bottom right of backwrapper and at 90° to price panel:] Printed in Denmark | BEHRNDT OFFSET.

For details of other titles wanted in this series follow the link below.

Books Wanted Odyssey Library

Books Wanted: Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell, Guillaume Apollinaire JUNE 1953 Printing

Another elusive variant, this one is peculiar in that two editions were issued in quick succession, the first in JUNE 1953 and the second in JULY 1953, the image below is of the JULY 53 edition, which I have 2 copies of, apart from the print dates and the price on the back of the first pritning (no price on the second) both editions are identical, I believe the rapid second printing is an old French publishers con, designed to give the impression that a title is selling particularly well, regardless of the rationale the end result is the same and the first printing is hard to find. I am prepared to exchange multiple titles (with some reservations) for a Very Good copy of this edition, it does however need to be complete with all first edition points as listed below, in the bibliographical description provided as always courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, The Liverpool University Press 2007. The index number is the actual location of the description in the bibliography.

1.4.1 AMOROUS EXPLOITS OF A YOUNG RAKEHELL Guillaume Apollinaire, 1953

Amorous Exploits Olympia 1953

GUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE | AMOROUS EXPLOITS | of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL | THE OLYMPIA PRESS | 2 bis, rue des Ciseaux, Paris (6e)

Collation: 120 pp. [1]-78, 84. 18.2 x 13.0 cm, all edges trimmed. Printed on white wove paper.
Contents: pp. [1-4] blank. p. [5] AMOROUS EXPLOITS |of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL, reverse blank. p. [7] title, as above. p. [8]  [rule] | All rights reserved in all countries..p. [9], CHAPTER ONE, reverse blank. pp. [11]-20, text. p. [21] CHAPTER TWO, reverse blank. pp. [23]-29, text. p. [30] blank. p. [31] CHAPTER THREE, reverse blank. pp. [33]-37, text. p. [38] blank. p. [39] CHAPTER FOUR, reverse blank. pp. [41]-45, text. p. [46] blank. p. [47] CHAPTER FIVE, reverse blank. pp. [49]-54, text. p. [55] CHAPTER SIX, reverse blank. pp. [57]-63, text. p. [64] blank. p. [65]CHAPTER SEVEN, reverse blank. pp. [67]-75, text. p. [76] blank. p. [77] CHAPTER EIGHT, reverse blank. pp. [79]-84, text. p. [85] CHAPTER NINE, reverse blank. pp. [87]-95, text. p. [96] blank. p. [97] CHAPTER TEN, reverse blank. pp. [99]-103, text. p. [104] blank. p. [105] CHAPTER ELEVEN, reverse blank. pp. [107]-110, text. p. [111], THE END, reverse blank. p. [113] table of contents, reverse blank. p. [115] FINISHED PRINTED [sic]| JUNE 1953 | BY IMPRIMERIE RICHARD | 24, RUE STÉPHENSON, PARIS | Dépôt légal : 3e trimestre 1953. pp. [116-120] blank. Binding: Plain white wrappers trimmed flush with body of the book, under dark green dustjacket printed in black, with front wrapper framed by border of white, six-pointed stars. Front cover: GUIL-LAUME APOLLINAIRE | [double rule in white, with thicker lower rule:] Amorous Exploits | of | A YOUNG RAKEHELL [double rule in white, with thicker upper rule:] THE OLYMPIA PRESS‘. Spine: [reading up spine; horizontally:] THE | OLYMPIA | PRESS [reading vertically:] Amorous Exploits of a Young Rakehell [-] GUILLAUME | APOLLINAIRE. Back cover blank, except for bottom right: PRINTED IN FRANCE | PRICE : 1200 FRANCS.

Notes: A translation, reportedly by Richard Seaver, of Les Exploits d‘un jeune Don Juan, an erotic novel that was first published at Paris in 1905 or 1906 by Elias Gaucher. Although generally credited as an original work by Guillaume Apollinaire, it is actually a word-for-word translation by the poet of Kinder-Geilheit. Geständnisse eines Knaben (Berlin: 1891). For details of the German original, see Hugo Hayn and Alfred N. Gotendorf, Bibliotheca Germanorum Erotica & Curiosa (München: Georg Müller, 1912-14) vol. 3, pp. 551,2.

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