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Les Vrais Mémoires de Fanny Hill Illustré de dessins de l'Auteur, Mac Orlan, Pierre
1 Mac Orlan, Pierre Les Vrais Mémoires de Fanny Hill Illustré de dessins de l'Auteur
Paris Éditions M-P. Trémois 1929 First Edition; First Printing Softcover Very Good 8vo 
132 & [1] pages; Publisher's color pictorial wrappers. The author, who wrote a number of popular novels (and songs) under the name Pierre Mac Orlan, was born in 1882 as Pierre Dumarchey. During a knock-about and footloose youth, he published several pornographic books, under a variety of inventive names -- (Docteur Fowler, Pierre du Bourdel, Pierre de Jusange, Chevalier de X, Sadinet, and, my favorite: Sadie Blackeyes). He also published at least one of his string of pornographic novels under his own birth name, apparently to get back at an unsympathetic uncle. By the time this attractive volume was published, with illustrations by the author, Pierre Mac Orlan was succesful as a writer, both of novels, and of criticism of film and photography. Modern scholarship is revealing that he continued to write pornography well into the period of his official success. The present novel is not really pornographic, but a witty attempt to recast the Fanny Hill story. As Erica Jong did half a century later, Mac Orlan has us believe that Fanny Hill is relating to the reader her "real" story, and is irritated with a man called Cleland, who has told lies about her -- (the "Fanny Hill" in our French version claims to have been born in about 1790, whereas John Cleland published his 'Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure' in 1748). A nice copy, apart from an extremely faint dampmark on the covers, and a bit of wear at the spine ends. Neat pencil signature of the original owner, dated 1929, on the front free endpaper -- no other marks. Copy # 176 "sur vélin" of an edition of 950 -- (there were 50 copies on papier de Montval. 
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