The 120 Days of Sodom, or The Romance of the School of Libertinage. D A. F. de Sade, Pieralessandro Casavini, Georges Bataille, Marquis de Sade Donatien Alphonse François, pseud. of Austryn Wainhouse, trans., intro.
The 120 Days of Sodom, or The Romance of the School of Libertinage
The 120 Days of Sodom, or The Romance of the School of Libertinage

The 120 Days of Sodom, or The Romance of the School of Libertinage

Very Good. Item #9281

Paris: The Olympia Press, 1954. First Edition. 16mo (7" x 5"); [xi], 12-575pp. Salmon dust jacket folded over plain white wraps. Printed on India paper. Covers rubbed along edges with shallow chips / tears at spine ends, some creasing to back, and a nickel-sized abrasion to top front corner, presumably from prior sticker removal. Gaps visible at hinges, but glue between spine and text block is holding soundly. Corner-creasing to first few pages with various lighter creases to thin paper throughout, but pages unmarked and generally crisp. Binding is sound.

First English-language translation of de Sade's unfinished erotic / pornographic novel, written in secret while he was imprisoned in the Bastille. The Olympia Press also issued a two-volume edition the same month. Bibliographer Patrick Kearney notes an Olympia catalogue claiming the two-volume edition was a limited printing, though any limitations are unknown, and speculates the two editions were intended for different markets, with "the one-volume edition on thin India paper for easier smuggling into England and the United States, and the...two-volume edition on heavy wove paper a relatively small printing struck off for domestic consumption in France" (Kearney p39).

[Kearney 1.9.1].

Price: $120.00