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  • Kurtizána z Memfidy: Anticky román [Czech], Prosper Castanier, trans. Karel Weinfurter, illus. A. Calbeta (Alois Hynek, Praha [Prague], nd [c. 1901], printed by J. Rokyta, Praha) 7" x 4.5", 312pp, hardbound brown decorated cloth boards with gilt and other colors, gilt lettering and design on spine. Top edge gilt. Illustrated throughout with 4 choice illustrations duplicated in alternating red and green before title page. Great condition of a very rare book. This is a rare Czech translation of The Courtesan of Memphis, Czech Memfidy (Memphis) book, also in the rare publisher's original cloth-binding. The publisher, Alois Hynek, translated this and many of Castanier's books into German. These books had similiarly decorated covers. Most of the Hynek's Czech translations one finds are softcover. This is a rare hardcover translation into Czech. It is beautifully illustrated
  • Alosie, ou Les Amours de Mme. de M. T. P. | Avec une notice historique sur Pierre Corneille Blessebois par Marc de Montifaud et Une très-belle eau-forte, Marc de Montifaud [pseud. Marie-Amélie Chartroule, Mme Quivogne de Montifaud] (Comité de Bibliophiles, London, 1880 [131/500 printed on Holland paper]) 7.5" x 5.25", 104pp, hardbound 1/2 leather, marbled boards and endpapers, gilt decorationson spine and leather corners, five raised bands on spine. Top edge gilt. Frontispiece engraving. #131 of 300 on Holland paper. Great condition for age. Initials "P.G." above frontispiece. Mme Quivogne de Montifaud (1845-50 to 1912/13) french writer and "free-thinker". She often dressed as her male pseudonym Marc de Montifaud. This book (published in London in 1880) is a reprint of part of the larger 17th century erotic work, "Amours des dames illustres de nostre siècle" (Loves of Illustrious Ladies of our Century) with an essay where Montifaud tries to unravel the authorship (usually the work is attributed to Pierre Corneille Blessebois). The author changes the original name to reflect that this is an autobiography of Madame de Montespan, the notorius mistress of Louis XIV. When originally published in Holland in 1878 (as "Lupanie, histoire amoureuse de ce temps") a court in Seine called it a moral outrage describing "licentious scenes on almost every page; told in a style revoltingly obscene". For publishing this book Montifaud was sentenced to 8 days in jail and fined 500 francs and ordered all copies of the book destroyed. The publisher was also fined 500 francs. This is a rare copy of a rare book in it's original "publishers leather".
  • Woman and Puppet, Pierre Louys, illustrated by Clara Tice, "designed and supervised by Harry Cunningham" (The Pierre Louys Society, US, 1927, #617/990) 9 7/8" X 6 1/2", 270pp, hardbound with , black boards with red titles and decorations, MINT condition, with dust jacket wrapped in mylar. Bookstore stamp on front paste-down "C. J. Schnieder Books" During the carnival in Seville, the Frenchman André Stévenol meets and falls under the spell of Conception 'Concita' Perez, a young Andalusian woman. His friend, don Mateo Diaz warns him off by describing his own history with the woman – a history of being repeatedly attracted and then rebuffed by her. Conchita continually flirted with other men to torture don Mateo. On each occasion he was made to feel guilty for his jealous thoughts and actions towards her, until he realised finally that he had been her puppet for fourteen months and in an explosion of passion he beat her. She then astonished him by declaring the violence a sign of the strength of his love and came to his bed. She was a virgin. Although the two then started living together, she continued her flirtatious behaviour towards other men and simultaneously became very possessive. Don Mateo left the country and travelled for a year to escape her. The novel has a short epilogue, described as the moral of the piece. The Frenchman accidentally meets Conchita again, and they spend the night together. The next morning, as Conchita packs her bags for Paris, a note is received from don Mateo asking to be taken back into Conchita's good graces. Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." Woman and Puppet is described as "Spanish romance". The "puppet" in the story refers to men she is able or unable to bend to her will.
  • Collected Works of Pierre Louys, Pierre Louys (Shakespeare House, New York, 1951) 6.75" X 4.5", 628pp., hardbound in blue-grey buckram boards with simulated leather spine, gilt decorations (portrait of Shakespear) on cover. Fine condition, ribbon intact. Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." This is a collection which contains Aphrodite, The Songs of Bilitis, The Adventures of King Pausole, and 9 of his short stories.
  • Pierre Louys (Privately printed for Subscribers only, Paris, nd. [c. 1920] ) 9.25" X 6", xvi 412pp, hardbound in marbled simulated leather cloth, edges deckled. Very good condition.
  • The Twilight of the Nymphs, Pierre Louys, illustrated by Clara Tice, "designed and supervised by Harry Cunningham" (The Pierre Louys Society, US, 1927, #682/990) 9.75" x 6.5", 235pp, white boards with silver gilt decorations on cover and spine, no dustjacket, fair condition, back boards loose but holding, pages clean. Pierre Louys (1870 - 1925) was a French poet and writer, most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings. He is known as a writer who "expressed pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection." A collection of seven mildly erotic fables based on mythology. "This Edition Limited to 1250 copies of which 990 are for America, No. 682". 28 beautiful color illustrations by Clara Tice, all with tissue overlay and enhanced with gilt and silver.
  • Sexual Symbolism: A History of Phallic Worship, Richard Payne Night & Thomas Wright, intro by Ashley Montagu (The Julia Press, Inc., New York, 1962) 9.5" X 6.5", 217pp + 196pp, hardbound with dustjacket, good condition for age, a few tears in the dustjacket A reprinting of two earlier works with an introduction by Ashley Montagu. The works are: "A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus, and it's connection with the mystic theology of the ancients" [1786] by Richard Payne Knight "to which is added an account of the remains of the worship of priapus lately existing at isernia in the kingdom of Naples by Sir William Hamilton, K.B." and "The Worship of the Generative Powers" [1866] by Thomas Wright
  • Richard Payne Night & Thomas Wright, intro by Ashley Montagu (The Julia Press, Inc., New York, 1966) 9.5" X 6.5", 217pp + 196pp, paperback
  • The Limerick, a facet of our culture, anonymous [A. Reynolds Morse] ( Cruciform Press, Mexico City: Privately Printed for Private Circulation to Subscribers Only, 1944 [Cleveland, Ohio: A. Reynolds Morse, 1948.] #4/250) 8" X 5.5", vii+157pp, a leaf of errata pasted to a blank page, 150. Hardbound, black cloth boards, gilt lettering on cover (deeper stamped than other versions). near fine condition (rare for this edition!), slight rust around staples. A. Reynolds Morse was an American, born in 1914, who died in 2000. He moved to Cleveland from Denver in 1941. An industrialist and philanthropist, he is best known for his activity in collecting works by Salvador Dali, and founding the Salvador Dali Museum. According to his obituary in the New York Times, Reynolds and his wife "embarked on a sometimes turbulent friendship with Dali and his wife, Gala". He also had a hobby of collecting and publishing works that other publishers would not print. Title page: "A study of the history and development of the limerick, ensplendor'd with over two hundred examples of the immortal verse form, commentaries, and index" This book is considered by most to be the "dirtiest" collection of limericks. Mr. Morse also published "Folk Poems and Ballads An Anthology". Both books were suppressed by police action in the late 1940's. This is a VERY rare near fine copy of this hard-to-find book. This is an early copy with a different title layout. It was poorly made so most of the copies out there have signatures loose. This one does not!
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    Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Omar Khayyam, trans. Edward FitzGerald , "Presented by Willy Pogany" (William Godwin, Inc., New York, 1933) 9.25" x 6.25", unpaginated (approx. 200pp), hardbound no DJ, black cloth boards with silver gilt title on spine and naked woman on front cover. Good condition, corners bumped, binding holding. Illustrations are color and fading. This is a 1933 copy of a William Pogany's artful presentation originally published in 1909. Pogany (1882-1955) was a prolific Hungarian illustrator of children's and other books. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian. About 1000 are attributed to Omar Khayyám, a Persian poet, mathmatician and astronomer. Although an important and beautiful piece of literature, it is not the most literal translation, critics refer it as "The Rubiyat of FitzOmar". The introduction contains a poem by James Russell Lowell often considered the origin of the phrase "pearls of wisdom".
  • Immortalia, an anthology of american ballads, sailors' songs, cowboy songs, college songs, parodies, limericks, and other humorous verses and doggerel now for the first time brought together in book form, "By A Gentleman About Town" [T. R. Smith?] ("...privately printed for subscribers, none is for general sale" 1927 [pirated edition from the 2nd printing 1928 edtion, c.1932. New York: Samuel Roth or, less likely, Philadelphia: Nathan Young and Robert Sterling].) 6" x 8.75", iii, 184 pp., hardbound no DJ, decorated paper boards, cloth on spine and corners, worn edges on boards, corners bumped, binding tight. Assumed to be edited by T. R. Smith (George Macy, editor of Poetica Erotica around the same time). This is the most influential and widely published/circulated collection of "bawdry". Most collections since borrow from it liberally. There is a heavy emphasis on limericks (103 to be exact). Included are poems/"doggerel" attributed to James Joyce and D.H. Lawrence.
  • The Heptameron, of the Tales of Margaret, Queen of Navarre, Margaret of Navarre, illustrated by S Freudenberg & Dunker, "translated into English from the Authentic Text of M. Le Roux De Lincy", essay by George Saintsbury, M.A. (The Society of English Bibliophilists, London, 1894) 8.5" X 5.25", 5 volumes 262pp, 226pp, 216pp, 244p, 264pp, blue linen covered boards with gilt titles, red and gilt decorations on covers, edges deckled. Good condition, minor bumps and scuffs. The Heptameron is a collection of 72 short stories written in French by Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549), published posthumously in 1558. It has the form of a frame narrative and was inspired by The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio. It was originally intended to contain one hundred stories covering ten days just as The Decameron does, but at Marguerite's death it was only completed as far as the second story of the eighth day. Many of the stories deal with love, lust, infidelity and other romantic and sexual matters. This 5 volume set is very nice edition containing "the Original Seventy-three Full Page Engravings Designed by S. FREUDENBERG And One Hundred and Fifty Head and Tail Pieces By DUNKER"
  • The Heptameron, Margaret of Navarre, intro. By Walter K. Kelly (Privately Printed, the Panurge Press, New York, nd. [c. 1930], #342/1500) 8.5" X 6", 312pp, hardbound, decorative purple boards with gilt decorations and titles, top edge gilt, others deckled. Good condition for age. The Heptaméron is a collection of 72 short stories written in French by Marguerite of Navarre (1492–1549), published posthumously in 1558. It has the form of a frame narrative and was inspired by The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio. It was originally intended to contain one hundred stories covering ten days just as The Decameron does, but at Marguerite’s death it was only completed as far as the second story of the eighth day. Many of the stories deal with love, lust, infidelity, and other romantic and sexual matters. One was based on the life of Marguerite de La Rocque, a French noblewoman who was punished by being abandoned with her lover on an island off Quebec. In the "Prologue" to The Heptameron a group of people wait for the building of a bridge to be completed and are beset by a series of natural calamities and criminal actions that keeps them virtual prisoners in an abbey. Parlamente, having obtained her husband Hircan's permission to do so, makes bold to ask Lady Oisille to devise an appropriate means by which the company of stranded guests may amuse themselves. A devout Christian, the lady suggests that they read the Bible. However, Hircan says that they are young enough to need other diversions as well. Parlamente suggests that those who want to write stories after the manner of Boccaccio, do so, sharing them with the others in the afternoon, after Scriptures are read in the morning. It will take 10 days to complete the bridge, and, each day, in a shady grove in a meadow, the writers will share 10 tales, telling a total of 100 stories. The stories will be published, if the audience likes them, and be presented to the listeners as presents. Lady Oisille agrees to Parlamente's recommendation, provided that the stories are true.
  • Contemporary Portraits, Frank Harris (Mitchell Kennerley, New York, 1915 [first edition]) 8.5" X 5.75", vii 346pp, hardbound, green cloth boards with gilt titles on spine and cover, top edge gilt others deckled, good condition, minor shelf wear and bumping to corners, hinges and binding good. Illustrated with 8 portraits. Owner's(?) signature with date, july 1, 1915. Frank Harris (1856-1931) was an editor, journalist and publisher. Though he attracted much attention during his life for his irascible, aggressive personality, editorship of famous periodicals, and friendship with the talented and famous, he is remembered mainly for his multiple-volume memoir My Life and Loves, which was banned in countries around the world for its sexual explicitness. In this volume, he offers short "portraits" of famous people he has gotten to know, Oscar Wilde, Sir. Richard Burton, Swinburne, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France, among others.
  • My Life and Loves, Frank Harris (Obelisk Press Books, Paris, 1948,1948,1948,1945) 7.5" X 5.5", 233pp, 302pp, 176pp, 178pp., 4 vols, paperback, vol 1-3 poor condition, torn or missing spines, binding coming apart, vol. 4 good condition. Autobiography of the Ireland-born, naturalized-American writer and editor Frank Harris (1856_1931). Published privately by Harris between 1922 and 1927, and by Jack Kahane's Obelisk Press in 1931, the work consisted of four volumes (with a 5th promised but never delivered). The book gives a graphic account of Harris' sexual adventures and relates gossip about the sexual activities of celebrities of his day. Printed on somewhat cheap paper, these volumes are often found in rough shape.
  • My Life and Loves, Frank Harris (Obelisk Press Books, Paris, 1945) 7" X 5.5", 233pp, 302pp, 176pp, 178pp., 4 vols hardbound in one book, red cloth boards, very good condition for age, pages yellowing no titles on spine or boards. Autobiography of the Ireland-born, naturalized-American writer and editor Frank Harris (1856_1931). Published privately by Harris between 1922 and 1927, and by Jack Kahane's Obelisk Press in 1931, the work consisted of four volumes (with a 5th promised but never delivered). The book gives a graphic account of Harris' sexual adventures and relates gossip about the sexual activities of celebrities of his day. Printed on somewhat cheap paper, these volumes are often in rough shape. This book presents the volumes preserved as best as can be expected for their age.
  • My Life and Loves, Frank Harris (Obelisk Press Books, Paris, 1945,1948,nd.,1945) 7.25" X 5.25", 233pp, 302pp, 176pp, 178pp., 4 vols, paperback, fair condition, spine torn on vol. 1 & 2, cheaply printed books but holding together fading covers and yellowing pages. Autobiography of the Ireland-born, naturalized-American writer and editor Frank Harris (1856_1931). Published privately by Harris between 1922 and 1927, and by Jack Kahane's Obelisk Press in 1931, the work consisted of four volumes (with a 5th promised but never delivered). The book gives a graphic account of Harris' sexual adventures and relates gossip about the sexual activities of celebrities of his day. Printed on somewhat cheap paper, these volumes are often found in rough shape.
  • The Natural Philosophy of Love, Remy De Gourmont, trans. Ezra Pound (Rarity Press, New York, 1931 ) 9.5" X 6.5", 183pp, Hardcover no DJ, red cloth boards, botton and fore edges deckled. Good condition for age, a fading on spine, silver gilt lettering and decorations A prose work studying love and sexuality, by Remy de Gourmont (1858-1915), the French symbolist and poet. Translated with a postscript by the well known poet Ezra Pound. Pound writes, "This remarkable work of research by one of Europe's foremost men of letters is a careful scientific inquiry into the subject of sex in relation to man and the lower animals. It deals in a fresh and masterly way with the biological basis of the sexual instinct. All phases of the sexual ceremony are here discussed; the quaint and curious customs among obscure tribes, many of them ritualistic in nature, are treated. The physical manifestations of sexual love, its organic and mechanistic faculties, are carefully analyzed in relation to its psychological factors. Whether as a work of literature or of science this treatise is worthy of its reissue."
  • Folk Poems and Ballads An Anthology, anonymous [A. Reynolds Morse] ( Cruciform Press, Mexico City: Privately Printed for Private Circulation to Subscribers Only, 1944 [Cleveland, Ohio: A. Reynolds Morse, 1948.] #230/250) 8" X 5.5", vi 128pp. Hardbound, black cloth boards, gilt lettering on cover. Fair condition, 1st signature detached, 4th signature loose but holding (a common problem with these books), good copy of a poorly made book. A. Reynolds Morse was an American, born in 1914, who died in 2000. He moved to Cleveland from Denver in 1941. An industrialist and philanthropist, he is best known for his activity in collecting works by Salvador Dali, and founding the Salvador Dali Museum. According to his obituary in the New York Times, Reynolds and his wife "embarked on a sometimes turbulent friendship with Dali and his wife, Gala". He also had a hobby of collecting and publishing works that other publishers would not print. Title page: "A collection of rare verses and amusing folk songs compiled from scarce and suppressed books as well as from verbal sources which modern prudery, false social customs, and intolerance have separated from the public and historical record." Mr. Morse also published "Limericks, A Facet of Our Culture". Both books were suppressed by police action in the late 1940's. This is the more rare of the two books.
  • Cultural and Scientific Pictorial Studies in Sex Anatomy and the Technique of Coitus, James Bruce (Falstaff Press, New York, 1935) 9" x 6", 32pp, soft cover, very good condition for age, slight soiling and wear at corners