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


Paris: Olympia Press, 1953

Small 8vo, pp. 330. Original yellow stiff paper wrappers, printed in black. Small (and illegible) ownership signature to inner foldover of wrapper, some wear to spine edges and ends, a little rubbed and marked, but a very good copy.

First English-language edition -- and, after Henry Miller's Plexus, only the second book to be published by Maurice Girodias' infamous Olympia Press imprint.

The Olympia Press published under a number of imprints. The Atlantic Library, The Ophelia Press, Ophir Books, Othello Books -- and, most famously, The Traveller's Companion, whose list included work by Beckett, Nabokov, Donleavy and Burroughs among its more lubricious titles: White Thighs, Rogue Women, Tender Was My Flesh. But twenty-two books were published under the Olympia Press name, all of them in the 1950s, and most of them scarce.

This first unexpurgated English-language translation of de Sade's much-banned classic is by Austryn Wainhouse, here using the pseudonym 'Pieralessandro Casavini'. Wainhouse went on to translate many books for Olympia, and later became editor of Merlin, the influential Left-bank literary magazine.

A very good copy.


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