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Venus Bound by John De St Jorre


The story of the Olympia Press is one of the most flamboyant in publishing history. In the 1950s, when dirty books (and great ones) were being banned in Britain and America, Maurice Girodias launched a career in Paris that earned him the nickname the “Prince of Porn.” John de St. Jorre gives a high-spirited account of this infamous publisher whose eclectic list included Lolita, The Ginger Man, Henry Miller’s several Tropics, and the outrageous romp called Candy. Photos.


A tale intriguing for its novelty, its insight into modern literary history, and the thread of social history that runs throughout, Venus Bound is the true story of Olympia Press. The company spent decades pushing the censorship envelope by publishing ground-breaking literature from authors such as Henry Miller, William Burroughs, and Vladimir Nabokov. To subsidise this high-minded adventure, Olympia pumped out a line of plain old dirty books. John de St. Jorre follows the venture from its inception just after World War I until its demise during the liberated 1960s and 1970s.

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The Erotic Voyage of the Olympia Press and its Writers

A hardcover copy with unclipped dust cover, sage green boards, and black cloth spine with gilt lettering. There is some very slight foxing and toning. The text, photographs and illustrations are clear and legible. Now in a clear, removable cover to protect from damage.

WARNING, may contain material that could be offensive to some readers.

Publisher: Random House, New York.

First US Edition

Publication Date: 1994.

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Weight 0.850 kg
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