The Adventures of King Pausole, Pierre Louys, trans. Charles Hope Lumley, illustrated by Beresford Egan (Privately Printed for William Godwin, Inc., New York, 1933)
9 1/2″ X 6 1/2″, 312pp, hardbound no DJ, red cloth with silver gilting on the spine and a nude woman on the cover, good condition, binding strong, some fading on covers and spine.
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 book is a humorous and risqué “libertine” story about a king with many wives (one for each day of the year). As part of the story, King Pausole had two laws “1. hurt no man. 2. Then do as you please.”