The Adventures of King Pausole, Pierre Louys, trans. Charles Hope Lumley, illustrated by Beresford Egan (The Fortune Press, London, 1929, #333/1200, “printed at Leige by the Imprimerie Vaillant-Carmanne – M. C. M. XXIX”)
9 1/4″ X 7″, 312pp, hardbound no DJ, quarter cloth, marbled boards, gilt lettering on spine, printed on “batchelor hand-made paper”, top edge gilted other edges deckle, in good condition, corners are bumped, some pages remain uncut, spine slightly cocked, some light rubbing to tail some pages remain unread/uncut
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.” This law has been embraced many including pagan/wiccan community when Aleister Crowley introduced this as his “First Law”. First English edition, 6 full page colour plates by Beresford.