18 November 2014
[GERVAISE DE LA TOUCHE, Jean-Charles (1715-1782).] El Portero de los Cartujos o memorias de Saturnino. Nueva edicion. Traducida del verdadero manuscrito del autor, despues de su muerte. Barcelona: Sacarìas Leche [mid 19th century].
2 parts in one volume, octavo (155 x 105 mm). 194 pages. 16 lithographs, including the frontispiece, all coloured with pencil in full or in part. (Paper yellowed, occasional light spotting, remnants of front wrapper near the hinge of half title.) Contemporary half calf over textured paper covered boards, spine with raised bands, one compartment titled directly in gilt, the others centred with a fleuron in gilt, top edge red, printed endpapers (extremities rubbed). Provenance: Gérard Nordmann (label, his sale, Christie’s Paris, 14-15 December 2006, lot 226).
THE NORDMANN COPY. A RARE 19TH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED SPANISH EDITION OF THIS GREAT CLASSIC OF EROTIC LITERATURE attributed to Gervaise de La Touche. AE and ABPC record no other copy at auction; Not in WorldCat, which lists only one copy of this title, another edition published by Orlando in 1837, now in the British Library. The Private Case 802.
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