Paris: Charles Carrington, 1898. First Edition. Hardcover. Eight exceptional engravings. Includes the oft-missing frontis piece, "The Flagellation of Venus".
Published as part of the "Pathological Studies of the Past" series. A scarce and highly collectible text, as the first edition sold out immediately in the 19th century. Produced for highly voyeuristic British readers of French sadomasochistic taboos. Uncommon generally...genuinely scarce in as fine condition as presented here. Very Good+. Light shelf/edge wear, minor foxing (image pages), else tight, bright, and unmarred. Halfbound, black leather spine and tips, five raised bands, gilt lettering, marbled paper boards, marbled endpages, original wrappers bound in. Title and publisher printed in red and features a vignette of a Greek mask with the motto "Riez, et le monde rit avec vous." 8vo. 164pp. Illus. (b/w plates). Item #10278