L'Erotin [pseud. Alphonse Momas]. [Erotica] Satyre
"Ou, Memoires d’un Exhibitioniste."
Paris: Isidore Lisieux [Most probably Duringe], 1907.
First edition. 8vo. 206pp. Bound in contemporary blue half calf over marbled boards, tan title label to spine. Gilt centrepieces to spine compartments, top edge gilt. A trifle sunned to the spine, but otherwise strong and bright, a very good copy. Internally clean, marbled endpapers. Once again, a work from the prolific pen of Alphonse Momas, writing under one of his most celebrated pseudonymes, the one under which he wrote “La Femme aux Chiens”, amongst other noted titles. this 1907 title is, I believe, the first title written under that pseudonym; a departure from Nismois and Fuckwell, and published under the House of Isidore Lisieux, the early 20th century publishing equivalent of putting out a movie under the name Alan Smithee. This somewhat yearning adventure in libertinage follows the remembered exploits of Theophile, who, amongst other frequently referenced pursuits (oddly Crown Green Bowling and macrame do not feature prominently), enjoys exposing himself to young ladies in the Bois de Boulogne. Momas had a definite honed ability to transmit the concept of need (whether legitimate or not), and the almost irresistible desires of his protagonists (albeit a little limited in terms of characterisation on occasion) are expressed in a manner which lifts his work over some of its more “porn by numbers” contemporaries. Scarce.