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  • Lord Rochester’s Monkey (Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester) – Graham Greene – First U.S. Edition  1974

    Lord Rochester’s Monkey (Being the Life of John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester) – Graham Greene – First U.S. Edition 1974

    Graham Green had written this lengthy biography in the early 1930’s. Rochester’s work and life were considered rather racy for the period and there was difficulty getting it published.

    Moving the clock forward to 1974 and it is finally published backed up by some very good relevant illustrations.

    Published by Viking, New York. Large octavo (25cm by 19cm) 231 pages with numerous illustrations many in colour. Very good condition.

    Wilmot, the second Earl Rochester (the first having hidden Charles up the Oak tree) was well favoured by the restored King Charles II. He had an incredible brain, although at Oxford spent the entire time drunk. He entered the King’s Court at an early age after a surprisingly distinguished naval career. His writing of odes and poetry was of the highest standard although cutting; a wit to the extreme. A wit not held back on the King himself who saw Rochester off to the Tower to reflect. Supposed to be the author of the erotic play Sodom, based on the debauch Court of Charles. None of his work was published in his lifetime … he died at an early age from medical complications associated with his wild life.

    Lord Rochester his life was not Monkey Business

    Note, at the time of listing we have a number of Rochester related items including Gilbert Burnet’s biography published in 1680 and the Secret Memoirs of the Duke and Duchess of Orleans published London 1708 … the Duchess of Orleans being Charles II sister with whom, let’s say, Rochester was familiar.

    $60.00

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  • The Love Books of Ovid – Illustrated by Jean de Bosschere – 1925 – Super Copy

    The Love Books of Ovid – Illustrated by Jean de Bosschere – 1925 – Super Copy

    Full title … “The Love Books of Ovid being the Amores [The Loves], Ars Amatoria [The Art of Love], Remedia Amoris [The Cure for Love] and Medicamina Faciei Femineae [Women’s Facial Cosmetics] of Publius Ovidus Naso translated out of the Latin by J. Lewis May”.

    With the extravagant illustrations of the great Jean De Bosschere, Voyagers favourite book illustrator of all time.

    Published by the Bodley Head in 1925 number 1583 of a limited edition of 3000. Large octavo (24cm by 16cm). This is the finest copy we have seen partly because we have the original dust jacket which is as scarce as hen’s teeth. The beautiful blue covers with lavish gilt work were also designed by Bosschere. The many illustrations of which several are in striking colour are a little naughty but oh so natural to the stories of Publius Ovidious.

    Best copy of The Love Book – superbly illustrated

    $220.00

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  • Devil Girl – Limited Edition –  Robert Crumb

    Devil Girl – Limited Edition – Robert Crumb

    Collectable Crumb fantasy item of one of his key characters Devil Girl. Number 353 of 550 numbered and signed by Crumb on the base. Approximately 20cm in diameter and 15cms to the tip of her delectable toes. Very good condition – excellent provenance.

    From the erotica collection of Fiona Patten, Member of the Victorian Parliament. Fiona Patten ran the sex industry lobby group, the Eros Association in the 1990’s and early part of this century. Along with Robbie Swan she collected erotic art which became the foundation for her National Museum of Erotica, Canberra. Fiona unhappy with the developing nanny state formed a new political party … The Sex Party and won her first Senate seat in 2010. Distracted by politics the erotic collection was sold off

    More on Crumb shortly.

    Crumb’s Devil Girl – Collectable Limited Edition – from National Museum of Erotica Collection.

    $490.00

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  • Secret Memoirs of  the Duke and Dutchess of O***** (Orleans) –  Madame d’Aunoy – First Edition 1708

    Secret Memoirs of the Duke and Dutchess of O***** (Orleans) – Madame d’Aunoy – First Edition 1708

    Title continues … Intermix’d with the Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of the Most Eminent Princes of The Court of France

    Made into English from the Paris Edition. Published in London, and printed by S.P.R. Burrough and J. Baker in Cornhill E. Curll without Temple Bar. E Sanger at the Post-House, and A Collins at the Black Boy on Fleetstreet, and Sold by J. Morphew near Stationers-Hall, 1708

    First English edition translated from the French of the 1690’s. Small octavo, 293. Strange pagination as the printer obviously had his pages mixed up so several times out of order but text runs exactly. Rebound in full leather, in period style by Roger Perry. Four raised bands with separate red leather title label to second compartment. Blind rules to bands and board edges. A delightful item.

    An expose of the amorous goings on of the Duke and Duchess of Orleans. The Duchess was Henrietta of England (1644-1670) youngest daughter of King Charles I. She fled England at the age of three with her governess for the French Court. She married King Louis XIV brother Philippe Duke of Orleans. Phillipe a reputed bisexual had been party to a series of sexual scandals prior to the marriage which was secured after the restoration of the Monarchy in England by a dowry from her brother Charles II.

    An interesting piece if factually based fiction and not at all vulgar.

    The author Madame d’Aulnoy was Marie Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d’Aulnoy (1650-1705). Lucky to have got away with it we would say.

    Early expose of the amorous lives of the Duke and Duchess of Orleans.

    $390.00

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  • May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life – Graham Greene – First Australian Edition – 1967

    May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life – Graham Greene – First Australian Edition – 1967

    Published by the Bodley Head in Sydney, Australia in 1967, a first edition.

    Octavo, 188 pages all in fine condition in a beautiful condition complete dust jacket.

    Greene twelve short stories – “Comedies of the Sexual Life” many of which rank among his best, including the title story, May We Borrow Your Husband; The Over-night Bag (useful advice); Cheap in August; The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen etc etc

    Superb dust jacket art .. makes a great and thoughtful gift.

    Greene wit at its best …. Australian first edition

    $60.00

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  • The Private History of the Court of England –  An Expose – Sarah Green – 1808

    The Private History of the Court of England – An Expose – Sarah Green – 1808

    Two volumes, second “corrected” edition published by the Author. Small, 287, 252 pages bound in contemporary half red roan, with really rather striking marbled paper rubbed a little at joints and ends, very clean internally, a very good set of a rare item.

    A political satire, secret history and sexual expose exploring the sexual morality of Regency Society through a historical novel based on King Edward IV. Irish born, Sarah Green (1790-1825) wrote this at an early age … people grew up more quickly then. Sadly she died young. Although we can find references to novels she purportedly wrote around the time of her birth so we question the official record.

    Rare expose on Regency Society ………. Sure to entertain ..

    $160.00

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