New York: V.I.T.R.I.O.L. Publications, 1983. 1st US Edition. Octavo, publisher's stiff printed paper wraps, original glossy black dust jacket.
Double-signed first US edition of New York writer and sex worker Terence Sellers’s novel. Born in DC, Sellers moved to New York in 1973 and soon became a fixture at the Mudd Club, befriending the likes of Anya Phillips, Kathy Acker, Amos Poe, Jimmy De Sana, and Duncan Hannah, and began working as a professional dominatrix under the name Angel Stern. Inspired by Baudelaire, Dostoevsky, and the French surrealists, Sellers predominantly wrote about sadomasochism, violence, fantasy, and the occult. A fictional memoir written as a series of "case studies," The Correct Sadist details bondage, fetishism, and varied sordid sexual fantasies. It was originally published in Berlin in 1981 before Sellers self-published this edition in 1983. Two years later, maverick publisher Barney Rosset published the book through Grove Press. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings by Jeffrey Bretschneider and a frontispiece portrait of Sellers as her alter-ego Stern, taken by George Dubose. Signed in purple ink as Stern under the portrait and as Sellers on the title page. Gift inscription to half-title. Minor rubbing and edgewear. Near fine. Item #8008