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  • Amorous Fiammetta – Boccaccio – Stunning Illustrations and  Striking Gilt Illustrated Vivid Vellum Cover – First Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Amorous Fiammetta – Boccaccio – Stunning Illustrations and Striking Gilt Illustrated Vivid Vellum Cover – First Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Published as a limited edition (No 118 of 550) in 1929 by the Mandrake Press, London.

    This is simply a stunning book – starting with the vivid blue/green stained limp vellum covers with yapp edges with striking gold motif of The Three Graces. Maybe the most beautiful book we have had. A feast of brightly coloured illustrations … simply stunning.

    Originally written by Giovanni Boccaccio and translated into English by Bartholomew Young in 1587.

    Edited and introduced by K.H. Josling. Illustrated by M. Leone

    Folio, after preliminaries .. Introduction of xxxviii pages; further introductions etc per original text up to xlix; 161 pages then illustrated limitation page. Quality bright gilt to all page edges.

    The beautiful Fiammetta was the beloved muse of Giovanni Boccaccio, and was almost certainly Maria d’Aquino (died 1382) a Neapolitan noblewoman. She was the illegitimate daughter of Robert the Wise, King of Naples. Her mother was Sibilia Sabran, wife of Count Thomas IV of Aquino. She was begat during King Roberts coronation festivities.

    Beautiful, will make a super gift

    $340.00

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  • Petronius – The Satyricon – Private Press – Norman Lindsay Illustrated – 1910

    A Revised Latin Text of the Satyricon with the Earliest English Translation (1694) Now First Reprinted with an Introduction together with One Hundred Illustrations by Norman Lindsay

    Published privately by Ralph Straus, London 1910. Folio, (33cm by 26cm), 303 pages, 100 leaves of plates.

    First English translation side by side with the Latin on alternating pages. The Satyricon, Satyricon liber (The Book of Satylike Adventures) a work of fiction by Gaius Petronius. It is and example of Menippean satire.

    Gaius Petronius Arbiter (27AD-66AD) was born in Marseille. He became a Roman Courtier in the reign of Nero. He is well mentioned by Tacitus, Plutarch and Pliny the Elder who regarded him as a “judge of elegance”. Petronius became a member of the Senatorial Class who devoted their lives to pleasure … he was essentially a fashion advisor to Nero. Sleeping by day he devoted night time to amusement … he had a reputation of being very good at it!

    In the Satyricon, Petronius uses a new style of writing in that each of the characters are well and openly described. Previously, such literature focused mainly on the plot. There is no holding back in terms of moral issues, and it is thought that the main character Trimalchio (who is on the naughty side) is a cameo of Nero.

    Petronius fell out of favour and committed suicide in a rather strange manner.

    Goings on in the Days of Nero – with numerous Norman Lindsay Illustrations.

    $390.00

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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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