Some Limericks: Collected for the use of Students, & ensplendour’d with Introduction, Geographical Index, and with Notes Explanatory and Critical, by Norman Douglas (Nicholson and Whitney, Boston, 1942 [most likely published in Paris by Maurice Girodias of Olympia Press, early 1950’s, a reprint of the Obelisk Press edition of 1939], stated 616/1000 “printed by The Brownbent Press, Boston, Mass.”)
5.5″ x 8.25″, 117pp, near fine condition, unlabeled soft covers, dust jacket slightly warn at top with paper label “Some Limericks”, spine of dust jacket simply reads “poems”.
Norman Douglas is an English author best known for his 1917 novel, South Wind. However, this particular book of his is one of the most pirated books of it’s kind. Unable to find a publisher willing to take it on, Douglas published it himself in 1928. It was published by Oblisk Press in 1939 (said to be the last book secured for the company before Jack Kahane’s lifetime). This particular edition was published by Mr. Kahane’s son, Maurice Girodias, who inherited his father’s press, but changed the name to Olympia Press. It is said that this book has everything, blasphemy, incest, paedophilia, bestiality. Accompanying each limericks are entertaining (if not scholarly) notes explaining the supposed origin and/or circumstances by which the rhymes were procured. So obscene and offensive, even Olympia Press, known for it’s erotic literature, chose to publish under a false imprint.