Sunday, August 23, 2015
1960s Amatory Unorthodoxy
One of the things that is invaluable to a bookdealer who has a specialism, is the ephemera of those who have gone before along the same paths: book catalogues, prospectuses, articles and so on... So I was delighted to get hold of this folded catalogue from the early 1960s from a mail order firm in Paris. "L. Henry" is offering what were, at the time, new books and other items. There is some mention of gay books here but on the whole it has a solidly heterosexual bias, nonetheless it makes for a fascinating read. I like, in particular, the distinction between Romans Vivant and Romans Tres Oses. It's interesting to note that Roger Peyrefitte's Les Amitiés Particulières is there in the daring section along with Les Mauvais Anges by Eric Jourdan, both sharing some fairly unlikely company on that part of the list.