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  • Fanny Hill (Erlebnisse eines Bordellmädchens.), John Cleland (Dieses Buch wird als Privatdruck für die Mitglieder des Clubs 'Carpe Diem' herausgegeben und darf nicht öffentlich verkauft oder weitergegeben werden. John Freer's Druglin, Rotterdam, 1949) 6.5" x 5.25", 78pp, hardbound tan paper over boards, faux leather spine. Good condition, slight foxing around edges of front cover. "This book is privately printed, published for the members of the 'Carpe Diem' club and must not be passed on or sold to the public." This was German "Bückware" or an item that was kept under the counter only for customers who asked for it. The book is labeled "Erstes Buch" (First Book). It is unknown whether this is a complete book. With only 79 pages, it might be a loosely translated edition or just the first volume. I have not found any similar books labeled anything but "Erste Buch"
  • The London Aphrodite, ed. Jack Lindsay and P.R. Stephensen (Fanfrolico Press, "printed by the Botolph Printing Works", London, 1929) 9.75" X 6.24", 496pp plus index. hardcover no DJ, blue cloth boards, gilt title on spine, top edge gilt. Excellent condition. A periodical edited by Jack Lindsay and P.R. Stephensen and published in London by the Fanfrolico Press, ran for a planned six issues 1928-29. Self-described as "A Miscellany of Poems Stories and Essays by Various Hands Eminent or Rebellious." Named as a rebuttal of the conservatism of J.C. Squire's London Mercury, it was committed to the same aesthetic attitudes as Vision. Some prominent English authors, including Aldous Huxley, contributed, although the majority were Australian. Jack Lindsay, the dominant force, used the pseudonym 'Peter Meadows' for several articles. Other Australian contributors were Norman Lindsay, Hugh McCrae, Kenneth Slessor, Philip Lindsay, Brian Penton, P.R. Stephensen, Les Robinson, W.J. Turner, Bertram Higgins, E.J. Rupert Atkinson and Edith Hepburn ('Anna Wickham'). This is a compilation of those issues in book form, published by Fanfrolico Press.  
  • 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
  • Etiquette "The Blue Book of Social Usage", Emily Post (Mrs. Price Post) (Funk & Wagnalls Company, Publishers, New York, 1946 [68th printing]) 9.25" X 6", xiii+654pp. Hardbound, blue cloth boards with gilt titles and decorations. Fair condition, soiling on cover, and wear, front boards loose but holding, binding good. Emily Post (1872-1960) was an American author famous for writing on etiquette. Her name has become synonymous, at least in North America, with proper etiquette and manners. In 1946, she founded The Emily Post Institute, which continues her work.
  • Portfolio of Anatomical Manikins: Picture Story of Body, Keller, David H., M.D. (Falstaff Press, New York, 1937) 14" X 5.75", 27pp. Pamphlet without issued DJ. Good condition for age. Originally folded to fit into dust jacket, crease present, few stains, tears and wear. Limited edition of 5000 "This book is intended for circulation only among mature persons, 21 years of age or over" Anatomical illustrations of the human body, focusing on the reproductive system and organs.
  • Paneros, some works on aphrodisiacs and the like, Normal Douglas, illus. Robert Rotter [limited, #676/780] (Robert M. McBride & Company, New York, 1932) 9.25" X 5.75", 120pp. Hardcover with slipcase. beige-tan vellum boards with gilt lettering and decorations, top edges gilt. Illustrations throughout. Book in excellent condition, light browning on the spine and edges, it appears to be unread as the binding is tight. The slipcase is in poor condition, bumped and chipped, but still mostly intact although the top is missing. #676/780 British author George Norman Douglas (1868 _ 1952) initially published this book in Italy. Doubtless, at the time, had this guide to the world of sexual stimulants been published in London, the author and publisher would have been prosecuted for obscenity. Soon thereafter this limited American version was printed. This edition features an erotic woodcut frontis, other illustrations by Robert Rotter and was limited to 780 copies. Hard to find book with an even harder to find slipcase. Interesting and beautifully illustrated.
  • Diddle Daley presents the Katzenjammers in "Shipwrecked", no author (n.p. n.d. [c. 1940]) 4.5" x 3", 8pp. pamphlet, stapled, orange wraparound cover. Fair condition for age, staples rusted, Slight corrosion to staple. Interior pages printed on one side only (8 frames total). Tijuana bibles (also known as eight-pagers, bluesies, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, and two-by-fours) were little pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s. Their popularity peaked during the Great Depression era. This booklet features erotic parody of The Katzenjammer Kids / The Captain and the Kids (a popular comic strip 1912-1949).
  • Les Amants de Lesbos, Prosper Castanier, illus. Franz Schmidt (Librairie L. Borel, Paris, 1900) 6" X 3.25", 116pp, Hardbound in half-leather over marbled boards, marbled end-papers, glassine protective tissue for title page with gold emblem stamped on it. Very good condition. Prosper Castanier imagines the life and loves of the poet Sappho and her fight against the tyrant of Mytilene.
  • Prosper Castanier, illust. by A. Calbet (Librairie L. Borel, Paris, 1900 "Nymphée Collection") 7.75" X 4", 242pp.+, 1/2 red leather over silk-covered boards, marbled end-papers, gallery of 7 full-page illustrations in red, 5 pages of ads in back, fine condition for age, ribbon intact.
  • Casanova's Memoirs, Giacomo Casanova, ed. Joseph Monét, illus. Vincente Minnelli (Privately Printed by Exotica Club, Inc., New York, 1930, first edition thus) 9.75" X 6.5", 290pp., hardbound no DJ, red cloth boards with silver gilt titles on spine and a silver gilt figure of a naked woman on the front. Fore edge deckled. In good condition, binding is good. Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was an ecclesiastic, writer, soldier, spy, and diplomatist, chiefly remembered as the prince of Italian adventurers and as the man who made the name Casanova synonymous with "libertine." His autobiography, which perhaps exaggerates some of his escapades, is a splendid description of 18th-century society in the capitals of Europe. As far as I can tell this is the only illustration work done by Vincente Minnelli [obscure at the time but later famous director and husband of Judy Garland], done soon after he moved to New York from Chicago and before he landed a steady job at Radio City Music Hall. In his autobiography he described the work as "in the Aubrey Beardsley style".
  • Jakub Casanova: Memoiry (Czech: Cassanova's Memoirs), Giacomo Casanova (Alois Hynek, J. Rokyta, Praze, n.d. [c. 1890-1900]) 8.75" X 6.25" 9 vol. in 8 books 275pp. [220pp 144pp in one vol.] 283pp. 358pp. 304pp. 356pp. 326pp. 345 i-v. Hardcover with beautifully decorated red cloth boards. Very good condition. Rare complete set with full color boards. Even more rare copy translated into Czech. Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was an ecclesiastic, writer, soldier, spy, and diplomatist, chiefly remembered as the prince of Italian adventurers and as the man who made the name Casanova synonymous with "libertine." His autobiography, which perhaps exaggerates some of his escapades, is a splendid description of 18th-century society in the capitals of Europe. This is a beautiful Czech edition, 9 volumes in 8 books in publisher's original decorative cloth-binding. A beautifully bound edition. I am unable to find another complete set. The only other place I can find mention these books is in the Czech National Library.
  • Casanova's Memoirs, Giacomo Casanova, ed. Joseph Monét, illus. Vincente Minnelli (obscure at the time but later famous director and husband of Judy Garland) (Privately Printed by Exotica Club, Inc., New York, 1930) 9.75" X 6.5", 290pp., hardbound no DJ, red cloth boards with silver gilt titles on spine and a silver gilt figure of a naked woman on the front. Fore edge deckled. In fair condition, damage to top of spine, corners and spine bumped, binding is good. Giovanni Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) was an ecclesiastic, writer, soldier, spy, and diplomatist, chiefly remembered as the prince of Italian adventurers and as the man who made the name Casanova synonymous with 'libertine.' His autobiography, which perhaps exaggerates some of his escapades, is a splendid description of 18th-century society in the capitals of Europe. As far as I can tell this is the only illustration work done by Vincente Minnelli, done soon after he moved to New York from Chicago and before he landed a steady job at Radio City Music Hall. In his autobiography he described the work as "in the Aubrey Beardsley style".
  • The Satyricon of Petronius, Gaius Petronius [stated "Translated by Sebastian Melmoth (Oscar Wilde)" although some believe it was Alfred R. Allinson] (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1902 [#1/515]) 8" X 6", 421pp+1 ads, full red morroco with five raised bands and gilt title on spine, gilt monogram "TKD" on front board, marbled end-papers and paste-downs with gilt decorations on leather around edge, top edge gilt, others deckled, title page in black and red, red printed inset text throughout. Fine example of a VERY rare book. A classic work of translated Latin fiction, consisting of prose and poetry, believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius. The text details the relationship of the narrator, Encolpius and his handsome sixteen year old male lover, who is continually enticed away by others. There is some doubt whether Wilde actually undertook this translation despite the printed slip on the title page. Some consider this to be the first unexpurgated translation of the Satyricon into the English language.
  • Passion and Criminality | a legal and literary study, Louis Proal, trans. "A. R. Allinson M.A. (Oxon.)" (stated "Charles Carrington, Paris, nd [c. 1930 pirated edition of the 1901 Charles Carrington edition]) 8.5" X 5.75", xxiv 679pp. Hardbound no DJ. Green boards. Fair condition, front boards loose but intact, otherwise binding is good some sunning to boards. Proal was a French judge at the Court of Appeals of Riom. This book records the history of various crimes of passion and their sociological and legal implications. Covered here are suicide, love and hate combined, seduction and desertion, jealousy, adultery, crimes of passion resulting from reading books of passion.. etc. There seems to be a great deal of writing on melancholy and suicide. There is a Foreword by the translator.
  • Musk, Hashish and Blood, Hector France, illust. Paul Avril, [trans. most likely Alfred Richard Allinson] (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1899) 8.5" X 5.5", xiii 447pp., hardbound, cloth boards with gilt tittles and decorations. Marbled end papers, deckled edges, frontispiece with tissue guard and numerous illustrations throughout. Good condition, binding is cocked but intact. Owner's signature in front, ink stamp in back, and imprint on title page reads "W.H. Bovey, Minneapolis, MN." Hector France (1837 - 1908) was a French author best known for his "orientalist" and flagellation tales. This graphic and exciting picture of the Algerian desert, its tribes and their astounding customs is a sensational recounting of France's experiences in North Africa. France tells the stories of his adventures in the nineteenth century Arab world from an eyewitness view. "The adventures of a modern man among the cruel men and passionate women of Algiers." Édouard-Henri Avril (1849-1928) used the pseudonym "Paul Avril" for his erotic work. He was a French painter and commercial artist. His career saw collaboration with influential people like Octave Uzanne, Henry Spencer Ashbee and Friedrich Karl Forberg. He is one of the most celebrated erotic artists of his age. Avril was a soldier before starting his career in art. He was awarded with the Legion of Honour for his actions in the Franco-Prussian War.
  • A Spahi's Love-Story, Pierre Loti [pseud. Julien Viaud], illus. Robert Dean, illus. Gaston Trilleau (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907, #153/1000) 9" x 5.75", 330pp, hardbound, yellow cloth and batik design paper over boards, tipped-in color frontispiece. Deckled edges, top edge gilt. good condition, bumped corners. Julien Viaud (1850-1923) was a French novelist and naval officer. This his third novel (originally titled "Le Roman d'un Spahi"), was originally published in 1881. It recounts the tragic story in the dark middle ages of a Turkish soldier, who fell in love with a woman from a far away culture with a very different background. Color frontispiece by Robert Dean tipped in and six etchings by Gaston Trilleau throughout the book.
  • A Spahi's Love-Story, Pierre Loti [pseud. Julien Viaud], illus. Robert Dean, illus. Gaston Trilleau (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907, #219/1000) 9" x 5.75", 330pp, hardbound, yellow cloth and batik design paper over boards, tipped-in color frontispiece. Deckled edges, top edge gilt. fair condition, bumped corners and worn edges, binding and boards are loose but holding, binding slightly cocked. Julien Viaud (1850-1923) was a French novelist and naval officer. This his third novel (originally titled "Le Roman d'un Spahi"), was originally published in 1881. It recounts the tragic story in the dark middle ages of a Turkish soldier, who fell in love with a woman from a far away culture with a very different background. Color frontispiece by Robert Dean tipped in and six etchings by Gaston Trilleau throughout the book.
  • La czarine noire et autres contes sur la flagellation, Sacher Masoch [Leopold von Sacher-Masoch] and others, trans. D. Dolorés (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1907) 7.5" x 5", 389pp, softcover original wrappers, fair condition, tape on exterier and some interior pages. Some pages have small rips. All pages intact, including 5 extra pages at the end advertising other books in the series. Stories about flagellation in a series translated as "Cruel Love throughout the ages". It features Sacher-Masoch's La Czarine Noire. Other stories included are: Le Myrthe des Amants, Marguerite Lambrun, La venus De Murany, Hemelnizki le Cosaque, Un trait d'esperit de la Pompadour, Les Noces sanglantes de Kiew, Ariella, and Sabbathai Zewy.
  • Lord Drialys (pseud.) (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1906) 7.5" x 5", 264pp, rare first edition in original soft wraps. Some pages loose but all present
  • One Hundred Merrie and Delightsome Stories, ed. by Antoine de La Sale, trans. Robert B. Douglas (Charles Carrington, Paris, 1899 [first edition, first english translation]) 8" X 5.75", xxx 532pp, 3/4 tan morocco leather over marbled boards, gilt title on spine, 5 raised bands, marbled endpapers, excellent condition for age, ribbon intact, small tear at top of front cover. No illustrations One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories (from the original French "Cent Nouvelles nouvelles" France, c. 1456-1461) is a collection of stories supposed to be narrated by various persons at the court of Philippe le Bon, and collected together by Antoine de la Sale in the mid 15th century. Charles Carrington was the first to have this translated into English. This edition does not contain the illustrations which were sold separately.