Notorious master-piece of erotic book-illustration by Franz von Bayros, 1905
Franz von BAYROS (Illustr.): FLEURETTENS PURPURSCHNECKE [Fleurettes‘ Purple Snail]. With 20 illustrations of ink drawings by Franz von Bayros in line etching. Wien: .
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Franz von BAYROS (Illustr.); Franz BLEI, Ed.: FLEURETTENS PURPURSCHNECKE [Fleurettes‘ Purple Snail]. Erotische Lieder und Gedichte aus dem Achtzehnten Jahrhundert [Erotic songs and poems from the 18th century]. Edited by Franciscus Amadeus, M. A. Er (i.e. Franz Blei). With 20 illustrations of ink drawings by Franz von Bayros in line etching, whereof 16 full-paged an 4 vignettes, all protected by tissue-guards. Wien: C. W. Stern, s.a. .
Royal 4to. [2 nn. leaves (2nd end paper, blank, title, colophon)], leaves 1-131 ; I-XX (title leaves for plates) and 29 not numbered title leaves for songs and poems, bound in between; all leaves single-sided. Letterpress, cliché. Ruby red half morocco on 5 faked raised bands over cardboards, gilt decorative spine title and gilt framing at boards, gilt top edge and pictorial end papers; boards covered with multicolour marbled paper.
No. 95 (of 560) copies of this unique collection of German erotic literature from the 18th ct., one of the most remarkable and in the same time most notorious master-piece of erotic book-illustration by famous Austrian decadent artist Franz von Bayros, this copy in a gorgeous private half morocco binding.
Content: For this high profile volume editor Franz Blei selected German poems related to erotic content, most remarkably from the „rational“ Era of Enlightenment, e.g. by G. A. Bürger, J. W. Goethe and J. G. Scheffner. Bayros‘ accompanying illustrations instead show a bizarre interplay of „cute“ style and perverted motives (e.g. paedophilia and sodomy). Bayros designed this edition throughout, including ornamental frames for each page. Apart from present trade edition with a print run of 500, further 60 numbered copies of »Fleurettens Purpurschnecke« were printed as a luxury edition.
Condition: Binding at margins in parts with minimal wear, otherwise in almost perfect condition.
References: Brettschneider 49 („confiscated“); Hayn-Gotendorf VI, 318 („One of the most beautiful and lush of the newer Erotica, completely out of stock.“