Essay Writer

[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 (Francs: 1200) printed above. Faint creasing to leading corner, slight browning to spine, otherwise a near fine copy.

First edition, variant issue, with printed new price. No.34 in the Traveller's Companion series.

The man behind the pseudonym was the artist Norman Rubington:

'A painter of considerable prestige and some commercial success, Rubington was commissioned by Girodias to write pornographic novels for him, which he did under the penname of Akbar del Piombo. These were enormously successful with GIs visiting Paris and English readers seeking titillation. He also wrote erotic verse under the same name and illustrated many of these books. Often using scenes in Arab harems and exaggerated, often extremely funny, orgy scenes, his work was characterised by much tongue-in-cheek humour and definite literary quality far beyond the demands of the publisher. There was also a strong streak of social and political satire in his work. Subjects he used included the drug scene, war, the art world and society generally.' Obituary, The Independent, 11 January 1991.

A near fine, unread example.

Kearney 5.34.1

Keywords: Norman RUBINGTON Akbar DEL PIOMBO"

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