The Adventures of King Pausole, Pierre Louys, ilustrated by Lotan Welshans (“Privately Printed in a Strictly Limited Edition for Members of The Society of Sophisticates”, no date, [c. 1927, the date of the illustrations], [first edition thus])
9 5/8″ X 6 5/8″, 305pp, hardbound with dust jacket, boards green with gilt, gilt lettering and designs on spine, top edge gilted, other edges deckle, good condition, binding loose and boards loose but intact, dust jacket in fair condition with a few tears and small portion of spine top torn off. Ex-Libris Duane Bird
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.” Spider-webb-patterned tissue coverings on the nine exotic and sensuous plates (gilt on black paper tipped in), by Lotan Weshans.