"OFFERED TO BOOKSELLERS AND SUBSCRIBERS WITH THE ADVICE OF THE PUBLISHERS THAT THEY MAINTAIN AN ATTITUDE OF CIRCUMSPECTION REGARDING THE SALE AND POSSESSION OF THIS WORK": EASTERN LOVE, 1930, WITH 16 COLOR PLATES
(EROTICA) MATHERS, E. Powys (translator). Eastern Love. New York: Horace Liveright, (1930). Three volumes. Octavo, original half vellum gilt, uncut and mostly unopened. $950.
Limited edition, number 1050 of 1500 copies, of this collection of Asian erotic literature, with 16 color plates by Franz Felix.
With a "Notice to Booksellers and Individual Subscribers" tipped into Volume I. "This extraordinary collection of Oriental Folk Lore, ancient, medieval and modern, is offered to Booksellers and Subscribers with the advice of the Publishers that they maintain an attitude of circumspection regarding the sale and possession of this work. The publication of Eastern Love in England and America fills a long felt need for a scholarly translation of and commentary on one of the most important interpretations of the manners and customs relating to the love life of various Oriental peoples. The fine scholarship of Mr. E. Powys Mathers has never been used to better advantage than in his preparation of this text. With skill he avoids the pitfalls of salaciousness and vulgarity, leaving his text to remain, nevertheless, frank, charming and complete." Preceded by a limited edition in 12 volumes one year earlier.
Expected darkening to vellum. A beautiful set.