Books for Trade: HUGUES, Clovis: ODE A VENUS. ODE AU VAGIN. Poème inédit. Domrémy, A l’Enseigne de la Pucelle, s.d. (vers 1933) [Paris, Maurice Duflou]



Yet another stunning example from the golden age of erotica, a clandestine title from Duflou, with input from Perceau. This presented scanning problems, as the book is rebound with original covers bound in, so it was not always possible to get the images flat on the scanner bed, unfortunately there is not much to be done about this.

The book is interesting on a number of counts, as yet again this is a Briffaut publication which appears to have variant editions in the same limitations, in this case my copy has colour illustrations, all other copies I have traced have the illustrations in black only, I had a similar experience with my Briffaut copy of L’Anti Justine.

The most interesting point for me however is the anonymous illustrator of this title, which I believe to be the mysterious “Wighead”, I would welcome any comments on this possibility.

And for those among you that have an interest in books rather than just images, this copy has some damp staining in the guttering, and I would welcome any information on the possibility of treating this.


Title Page

HUGUES, Clovis: ODE A VENUS. ODE AU VAGIN. Poème inédit.Domrémy,

A l’Enseigne de la Pucelle, s.d. (vers 1933) [Paris, Maurice Duflou]

1 volume in-8 (22 x 16.5 cm), paperback, 69- (1) pages. 10 photo-gravures inset in colour. Cream cover printed in red and black with two initials for the letters Q and V. The cover modestly bears the title Ode to Venus while the title page clearly indicates Ode to Vagina. Rebound copy with original covers bound in.

This volume contains a note on the author signed Jean Tiretta, the facsimile of the last page of the manuscript signed Klau-Vizuq, the Ode to Vagina, a notice on the Ode to Piron Priory by Helpey (Louis Perceau) , Ode to Priapus and The Seven Beatitudes.

With regard to Clovis Hugues (1851-1907), Aristide Briand wrote: “There were in him Beranger, Camille Desmoulins and Tartarin of Tarascon”. In other words: communard, freemason, socialist, poet; it was all this in turn and at once. The Ode to the Vagina dates from 1906. One knows nothing about the illustrator of this beautiful edition out of the presses of Maurice Duflou.Reference: Dutel, Bibliography of erotic works published clandestinely in French between 1920 and 1970, no. 2078.

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The Illustrations

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See also (reference other titles illustrated by Wighead)

Books for Trade: Jim Galding: Unter dem Hintern einer Frau Eros Publishing Hamburg n.d. (1980?) illustrated by Wighead, being a German translation of “Sous la Croupe Feminine” (1936)

The Search for Wighead, a comparison of artists and publishers.

Also type Wighead into my searchbar.

See also (for reference to Briffaut)

Books for Trade: Special Edition, L’Anti-Justine ou les delices de l’amour. Nouvelle edition entierement revue et corrigee, etablie pour la premiere fois sur le texte original de 1798. Precede d’une notice bibliographique par Helpey [d. i. L. Perceau.]


Books for Trade: Au bord du lit. Stances: Alexandre de Vérineau, [d.i. Louis Perceau]. Published by Erotopolis, à l’Enseigne des Bacchantes [d.i. Paris, Maurice Duflou], 1927 Illustrées de onze eaux-fortes originales par Lucas. O [d.i. |Luc Lafnet|]:

Sometimes you just get lucky, and I did with this one, I have been considering purchasing this for a long time, but had been put off by the description which stated that two of the eleven plates called for had been excised, leaving nine, eventually I thought I would make an offer on it because nine plates sounded OK and the book is very rare. My plan was to list it here and make my usual plea (nearly always ignored) for anyone who has a copy to get in touch and copy scans of the missing plates.

Well the book arrived and I opened it and it is very nice indeed, I noticed immediately that the plates are fixed in the book in a strange fashion, with just stubs instead of a full double leaf, this could of , I suppose given the impression that pages had been cut out, but more to the point when I counted the plates there were 11, of this I was certain because I ran out of fingers when I counted and had to utilise an extra digit to make the eleven (don’t ask).

A clandestine publication but completely revealed as the title above gives evidence to.

Re-bound in marbled boards in quarter leather, spine with title , author and date in  gilt. with original card covers preserved.



Au bord du lit. Stances.: Vérineau, Alexandre de [d.i. Louis Perceau].

Illustrées de onze eaux-fortes originales par Lucas. O [d.i. |Luc Lafnet|].

Published by Erotopolis, à l’Enseigne des Bacchantes [d.i. Paris, Maurice Duflou], 1927.,

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39 pages and | 11 plates with original etchings. One of 350 numbered copies (total of 360), which were not in the trade. Rare work, which, through the pseudonyms used, only betrayed the true authorship and origin of connoisseurs. Luc Lafnet, also under pseudonym, created the 11 erotic representations.

Front cover

Back and spine (bound in)


See also

Special Edition: NOUS DEUX – simples papiers du tiroir secrets, par Nelly et Jean, curiosa attribué à Marcel VALOTAIRE et illustré par l’artiste lyonnais Jean DULAC. Clandestine publication 1929

Books for Trade: LES SONNETS LUXURIEUX DU DIVIN ARÉTIN., Pour un Groupe de Bibliophiles. n.d.n.p