The Merry Order of St. Bridget, Margaret Anson (James Glass Bertram) (Printed for the Author’s Friends, np, York, 1857 [fascimile copy of the 1868 edition c. 1930])
7 7/8″ X 5 1/4″, 237pp, hardbound textured green cloth boards, paper lable on spine, deckle edges, corners and top/botton of spine bumped, binding loose but intact
Bertram was apprenticed to Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine and became managing clerk, before joining a company of strolling players. He returned to Edinburgh and set up as a bookseller and newsagent. In 1855 he was appointed the editor of the North Briton and in 1872 of the Glasgow News, leaving to become a freelance journalist two years later. He published “flagellation” pornography under the names “Revd William Cooper” and “Margaret Anson”. In this graphic unveiling of 19th-century sexual adventures, Margaret Anson, a submissive handmaiden to the notorious Marquise St. Val_ry, describes the orgies at the Chateau de Floris, where the elite women of Paris submit to the subjugations and exotic indignities of the flesh that trigger ecstatic sensations. “Do you remember how we used to indulge in whipping on the sly, when Madame thought we were in bed? That was a very untutored way of proceeding. I have learned better since, and I can tell you that the passion for the rod is one which grows.” 237 pp.