Avec une préface de Jean Paulhan.Sceaux [Paris]: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1954 Stock Code: 147740
First edition, one of 480 numbered copies "sur vergé", from an edition of 600. Published as Pauline Réage, the author was the French journalist and novelist Anne Desclos (1907-1998), who also used the pseudonym Dominique Aury.
Its sadomasochistic content caused a scandal on publication and both Pauvert and Jean Paulhan (who was Desclos's lover and widely suspected of being the real author) were interrogated by police. "The enigma of Pauline Réage gave rise to a great deal of speculation concerning the true identity of the author It now seems certain that Pauline Réage is the pseudonym of Anne Desclos, a French critic and translator better known under another pseudonym, Dominique Aury" (Noyes, The Mastery of Submission, p. 42). It was awarded the Prix des Deux Magots the following year and its status as a genuine work of art was firmly established by Susan Sontag in her essay, The Pornographic Imagination (1969).
Octavo. Original yellow wrappers printed in black, untrimmed.
Title printed in red and black.
Minor creasing to wrappers, the binding otherwise sharp, internally fresh and clean; a near-fine copy.
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