Memoires de Fanny HillCLELAND, John
Bruxelles: n.p.. n.d..
Limited edition. Two volumes. 202x142mm. pp. Vol. 1. 118; Vol. 2. 126. Printed on vergé du Hainaut, number 295 from a total edition of 550 with ten watercolours reproduced in heliogravure by Paul-Émile Bécat. Cream paper covers with pale pink dust-jacket with the title printed in brown on the upper cover of each volume. There is a small tear to the foot of the jacket at the hinge with the upper cover but otherwise both volumes are in near fine condition throughout.
Isidore Liseux was a publisher of erotica in 19th century France. His translation of Fanny Hill was first published in 1888. This edition, possibly by the Olympia Press in Paris is illustrated by Paul-Émile Bécat, perhaps the most prolific illustrator of erotica. Bécat was a fine artist, studying at l’École de Beaux-Arts and winning the Prix de Rome in 1920.
In 1928 he married the artist Marie Monnier who was the sister of Adrienne Monnier, the first woman in Paris to open her own bookshop at La Maison des Amis des Livres, and who with her American lover Sylvia Beach ran Shakespeare and Company.