Paris: Olympia Press, 1953. First Edition thus. Stiff Wrappers. English translation, by Austryn Wainhouse, of Gamiani, ou Deux Nuits d‘excès, an erotic French novel, issued in a limited edition of 750, this copy unnumbered (as are many, as was the copy Kearney examined for his bibliography). Small 8vo (182 x 130mm): ,9-120,pp. Stiff white wrappers, all edges trimmed, printed on heavy white wove paper; French blue dust jacket printed in black, upper cover framed by border of white six-pointed stars. An exceptionally nice copy (trivial edge wear to jacket, with spine panel darkened a degree), internally pristine, and quite scarce thus. Kearney 1.7.1.`. Fine / Fine-. Item #BB1934
The first edition, which is of extreme rarity, was published in 1833 at Paris with the false imprint Bruxelles, illustrated with twelve erotic lithographs. The novel is usually ascribed to Alfred de Musset, and the lesbian eponymous heroine is thought to be a portrait of his lover, George Sand. The Countess Gamiani, a young girl named Fanny, and a young man named Alcide spend two nights sharing their bodies and their intimate histories, which include the rape of one in a monastery and the nearly fatal debauchment of another in a convent, as well as encounters with a number of animals, including an ape and a donkey. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).