Paris and the Expatriates


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[pseud. McALMON, Robert] SCULLY, Robert

A Scarlet Pansy First Edition

New York: William Faro, 1932

8vo, pp. 370. Original red boards, with the spine label perfectly preserved. Red and black frontispiece and title-page.

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£4,000.00

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[Obelisk Press] PRESTON, William

Journal In Mexico

Paris: N.p. [Obelisk Press], N.d. [?1931]

Large 8vo., pp. 40. 2 pp. note on the career of William Preston bound in to preliminaries (present in all copies examined). Rebound in leather, original pale blue paper wrappers bound... [more]

£950.00

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DONLEAVY, J.P.

The Ginger Man

Paris: Olympia Press, 1955

8vo, pp. 353. Original green stiff card wrappers, lettered in black to panels and spine.

First edition, first issue of the author's... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

£850.00

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[Obelisk Press] HANLEY, James

Boy

Paris: Obelisk Press, 1936

8vo, pp. 269. Original illustrated stiff paper wrappers with foldover flaps. Leading and lower edges uncut.

Fourth edition, first Obelisk edition, with the dancing girl design to front panel. Presumed earliest impression, without the wording 'Banned in England May 1935' to front panel usually found on this title.

Boy,Hanley's account of a boy running away to sea, was first published by Boriswood in London in 1931, in both a limited unexpurgated issue, and a trade issue in which the more contentious passages were replaced by asterisks or gaps in the text. A second impression and a US edition followed, both bowdlerised. When a cheap, unexpurgated edition appeared in 1934 a Manchester lending library was prosecuted for stocking it, and Boriswood's directors were charged with aiding and abetting. All parties pleaded guilty on legal advice, and the book was banned. After the trial Jack Kahane of the Paris-based, English-language imprint the Obelisk Press, bought the sheets of the 1934 edition and inserted a new title page. The result was this edition, which is dedicated to Nancy Cunard, at one time Kahane's lover.

This issue, with the lurid dancing girl cover design, is extremely scarce: Hanley's first bibliographer failed to find this edition, and doubted its existence. This is the presumed first state (see above), which is scarcer still.

£575.00

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[pseud. MATTHEWS, Ronald] COUSINS, Sheila

To Beg I Am Ashamed

Paris: Obelisk Press, 1938

8vo, pp. 270. Original yellow stiff paper wrappers, lettered in red and black on front and rear panels and spine. Edges uncut.

Second edition, first Obelisk edition. The publisher's note on [vi] states: 'An attack against the book, in the London press, of unprecedented ferocity and vindictiveness caused its withdrawal before publication [by Routledge]. This, the Obelisk edition, published in May 1938, is therefore the first effective edition.' Despite being withdrawn before publication, a few copies of the Routledge edition have survived.

It is sometimes claimed, usually by bookdealers, that this book was written by Graham Greene. It wasn't. Although Greene helped his friend by chipping in with a telling phrase here and there -- phrases he would later quote approvingly when he contrived to review the book -- To Beg I Am Ashamed is almost entirely the work of Ronald Matthews.

A very nice copy of a fragile, cheaply made book.

£495.00

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DURRELL, Lawrence

The Black Book

Paris: Obelisk, 1938

Octavo, pp. 260. Original stiff paper wrappers.

First edition.
No. 1 in the Villa Seurat series, established by Henry Miller and Laurence and Nancy Durrell as an imprint of the Obelisk... [more]

£475.00

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[Obelisk Press] ANDERSON, Robin

Four Schools

Paris: Obelisk Press, 1935

Small 8vo, pp. 118. Original red stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black on front panel and spine.

First edition. A tirade against the... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

£375.00

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[Olympia Press][pseud. TROCCHI, Alexander] LENGEL, Frances

School For Sin

Paris: Olympia Press, 1955

Small 8vo, pp. 200. Original green stiff paper wrappers.

First edition. Written pseudonymously by Alexander Trocchi, and only the third... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

£250.00

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SPEAR, Thelma

First Fruits

Paris: Edward Titus, 1927

12mo, pp. 34. Original cream marbled stiff paper wrappers, green title label to front panel, title label to spine. Edges rough cut.... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

£250.00

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[trans. RIGNAUT, Homer] SAINE, Uc

The Legend Of Ermengarde

Paris: Edward Titus, 1929

8vo, pp. 16. Original plain stiff paper wrappers, housed in a dustwrapper printed in red and black to front panel. Top edge cut, others uncut. Small ... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

£250.00

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COCTEAU, Jean

Le Mystère Laïc

Paris: Editions des Quatres Chemins 1928

Small 8vo, pp. 81. Original stiff paper wrappers and glassine jacket.

First edition. Copy no. 650 of a not especially limited edition of 3000 copies, but a superior example.

£225.00

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MILLER, Henry

Plexus

Paris: Olympia Press 1953

2 vols. 8vos, pp. 342 and 348. Original stiff paper wrappers.

First English-language edition, preceded only by the French translation published by Corrêa a year before in an edition of just ... [more]

£200.00

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[Olympia Press] de SADE, D.A.F.

Justine

Paris: Olympia Press, 1953

Small 8vo, pp. 330. Original yellow stiff paper wrappers, printed in black.

First English-language edition -- and, after Henry Miller's... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

£150.00

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DOUGLAS, Norman

London Street Games

London: St. Catherine Press, 1916

8vo, pp. 162. Original tan boards, lettered in gilt to front panel and spine. Top edge gilt and cut, others uncut.

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£150.00

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[pseud. VIAN, Boris] SULLIVAN, Vernon

J'irai Cracher Sur Vos Tombes

Paris: La Trompinette [Eric Losfeld], N.d. [c.1958]

8vo, pp. 154. Original red paper wrappers, lettered in black on front panel and spine. French text.

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£125.00

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RIPSTON, Rowena

Children, For Shame!

Paris: Vendome Press, 1949

8vo, pp. 283. Original illustrated paper wrappers, lettered in red and white to front panel, and black to spine.

First edition.

£125.00

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[pseud. RUBINGTON, Norman] del PIOMBO, Akbar

Cosimo's Wife

Paris: Olympia Press, 1957

12mo, pp.175. Original green stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black. On rear panel, original price (Francs: 900) blacked out and new price... [please click on the image or book title for more details]

£85.00

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[pseud.] DIKES, Mickey

Sarabande For A Bitch

Paris: Olympia Press, 1956

12mo, pp. 208. Original green stiff paper wrappers, lettered in black.

First edition. No. 28 in the Traveller's Companion series.

£75.00

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