Paris: Chez Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1963. Early Printing. Small octavo, contemporary snakeskin binding, light pink endpapers, title-page printed in red and black.
Early printing of French journalist and novelist Desclos's BDSM classic, originally published in 1954 under the pseudonym "Pauline Réage." Desclos worked for the prestigious publisher Gallimard when she wrote her novel as a love letter to the writer and editor Jean Paulhan, her boss and lover, who had remarked that a woman was incapable of writing along the lines of his hero, the Marquis de Sade. Text in French. Appropriately bound in kinky snakeskin. Although certainly a more exotic binding material than ordinary calf or sheep, snake is not altogether uncommon on books, and was especially in use in France in the early 20th century, when artistic craft binders made expressive use of all manner of materials and styles in their creations. Light foxing to endpapers and preliminaries, slight bowing to boards. Near fine. Item #3091