The Autobiography of a Flea, told in a hop, skip, and jump…

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The Autobiography of a Flea, told in a hop, skip, and jump…

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The Autobiography of a Flea, told in a hop, skip, and jump: Recounting all his Experiences of the Human, and Superhuman, Kind, both Male and Female; with his Curious Connections, Backbitings, and Tickling Touches; the whole scratched together and arranged for the Delectation of the Delicate, and for the Information
of the Inquisitive.
annonymous [disputed but believed to be Stanislas de Rodes] (“Published by the Authority of The Phlebotomical Society, Cytheria, 1789 [a false imprint, probably Charles Carrington, possibly William Lazenby and Edward Avery, c. 1885-90])
4.75″ x 7.75″, 190pp, full red Moroccan leather with gilt boarders, 5 raised bands, gilt decorations and title on spine, gilt decorations border paste-downs, top edge gilt, no illustrations present, text decorations throughout, poor condition boards and spine detached from binding, binding failing, signatures loose, pages detaching. A poor copy of a VERY rare edition of a very rare book.

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The Autobiography of a Flea, told in a hop, skip, and jump: Recounting all his Experiences of the Human, and Superhuman, Kind, both Male and Female; with his Curious Connections, Backbitings, and Tickling Touches; the whole scratched together and arranged for the Delectation of the Delicate, and for the Information
of the Inquisitive.
annonymous

[disputed but believed to be Stanislas de Rodes] (“Published by the Authority of The Phlebotomical Society, Cytheria, 1789 [a false imprint, probably Charles Carrington, possibly William Lazenby and Edward Avery, c. 1885-90])
4.75″ x 7.75″, 190pp, full red Moroccan leather with gilt boarders, 5 raised bands, gilt decorations and title on spine, gilt decorations border paste-downs, top edge gilt, no illustrations present, text decorations throughout, poor condition boards and spine detached from binding, binding failing, signatures loose, pages detaching. A poor copy of a VERY rare edition of a very rare book.

Written from the point of view of a very observant flea, the story is of the exploits of a young girl and a monastery of corrupt monks. The prose is very well written, erotic, and entertaining, with detailed full-length descriptions, good scene setting, and tension buildups. A question hangs over its authorship who has been referred to as ‘‘un avocat anglais, bien connu a` Londres’’ [an advocate well known in London], suggested to be Frederick Popham Pike, the only barrister known to be writing pornography at this time. Other contenders for its authorship include Frederick Hankey, who died in 1882, Henry Spencer Ashbee, and the current favorite, Stanislas de Rodes.

CHARACTERS

The Flea:
The Narrator of the story is a flea whose name is never revealed. The novel begins with the flea asserting that though he gets his living by blood sucking he is “not the lowest of that universal fraternity”. The flea further asserts that his intelligence and abilities of observation and communication are comparable to a human, and demurs from any explanation of the cause, adding that he is “in truth a most wonderful and exalted insect”. The unusual narrator allows the story to be written from the viewpoint of a character who neither participates in nor necessarily approves of the sex scenes, and the movement of the narrator between the bodies of the different characters allows the action to follow different characters at different times. Despite ostensibly being written from the first person the novel includes descriptions of the feelings and intentions of various characters which seem more fitting with a third person limited omniscient narrator.

Bella:
The main character of the book, Bella, is an orphan who lives with her uncle and aunt. At the beginning of the story she is 14 and is described as being the admired one of all eyes and the desired one of all hearts – at any rate among the male sex. She begins the book sexually naive, but inquisitive.

Charlie:
Very little description is given of Charlie, and after a brief mention in Chapter 3 he ceases to play any part in the story.

Father Ambrose:
A priest aged 45, described as having a handsome face, with jet black eyes and as being short and stout. The narrator says Ambrose’s mind is dedicated to the pursuit of lust, and much of the novel’s plot is due to his machinations. After initiating Bella into the ways of unrestrained sensuality, and planning to keep her for himself, he is discovered by the Brother Superior and Brother Clement who insist he share Bella with them. Many scenes of multiple acts of all varieties ensue. Ultimately, Ambrose decides to expand the circle of debauchery by insisting Belle involve her friend the fair, innocent Julia Delmont.

Father Clement:
Father Clement is one of the “brothers” of Father Ambrose and is a participant and co conspirator in the seduction of Bella. He is described as ugly and possessed of an absolutely gargantuan penis. A memorable scene occurs when Clement mistakes the bedroom he believes is occupied by Bella, and throws himself on Bella’s puritanical and rigid aunt. After initially believing the advances are those of her husband, with whom she has not been intimate in many years, she feels Clement’s enormous size, and leaps up. Clement forces her down, and after initial resistance, she succumbs. They are discovered and Clement escapes out the window. Bella’s aunt goes progressively insane screaming for the “priest with the big tool”.

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