A special item, in that it is the first piece of ephemera ever donated to my collection, and although very fragile and flimsy I am absolutely delighted with it, and share the sentiment, in the covering letter that came with it, my grateful thanks to Ezra of Alta- Glamour,formerly Ivan Stormgart Books.
14.3.1 1955 (Summer-Autumn).
Tri-fold advertising, price list and order form, measuring 10.0 x 27.0 cm and printed in blue and black on thin white paper.
Includes the first fifteen titles of the Traveller’s Companion series, and (inexplicably) six Atlantic Library titles that are said to be out of print.
In addition, a number of the earlier Olympia titles by Sade, Miller, Apollinaire, &c. are listed with brief promotional blurbs.
Lolita and The Naked Beast at Heaven‘s Gate are both advertised as appearing on July 31st., the later with an elaborate limitation.
Nexus is announced for publication the following year.
Notes: The address of the Olympia Press at this time was 8 rue de Nesle.
Bibliographical description courtesy of Patrick Kearney, The Paris Olympia Press, Liverpool University Press 2007.
For your information and pursuing my fixation on the ephemeral items produced by the press, please find reproduced in full the Paris Olympia Press catalogue for Summer and Autumn 1956. Bibliographical description 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 of the actual pamphlet from my personal collection.
14.4.1 1956 (August). – More Curious Books and Amusements. 18.4 x 9.1 cm. 20-page pamphlet, inclusive of wrappers illustrated with a detail from a slightly odd painting of about 1595 by an unknown artist, allegedly showing Gabrielle d’Estrée, the mistress of Henry IV of France, having her nipple tweaked by her sister. Illustrated with photos of Genet, the eyes of four of Olympia’s pseudonymous authors, Humphrey Richardson [Michel Gall], Harriet Daimler [Iris Owens], Ataullah Mardaan, who remains unknown, and Akbar del Piombo [Norman Rubington]. There are also photos by Brassaï, and some anonymous line drawings which may be the work of Norman Rubington. Included is a one-page editorial (signed The Olympia Press) on censorship, and brief promotional notes on selected Traveller’s Companion titles, and others. The inside back wrapper carries three limericks extracted from Count Palmiro Vicarion’s Book of Limericks. A price list and order form includes assorted titles of the Traveller’s Companion series from no. 7 to no. 32. In addition, a number of the earlier Olympia titles by Sade, Miller, Apollinaire, &c. are listed, together with Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring and Lady Chatterley‘s Lover and vols. 1-4 of Frank Harris’s My Life and Loves, none of which were Olympia Press titles.
Cat 56 Open Covers
Cat 56 Pages 1 and 2
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CAT 56 Pages 17 and 18
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