PAINFUL PLEASURES, by Jean de Villiot; Walter J. Meusal (tr) - 1931 [Ltd. Ed. /1500]

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Painful Pleasures

by Jean de Villiot

translated by Walter J. Meusal

First English Edition of 1,500. Published by: Gargoyle Press. New York, NY. c. 1931. 

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279 pages. 5.75" by 8.5". 

Translated from the original French by Walter J. Meusal and prepared with ten half-tone plates by E. Remsen as an edition of 1,500 issued by Gargoyle Press. 

Includes Is It Good or Bad? [Le Fouet par H. Baker, Est-ce bon ou mauvais ?], Some Other Views.[Le Fouet par H. Baker, Une autre méthode], Eight Genuine Letters [Fustigations vécues, Correspondance], Flagellations at Clifton. [Le Scandale de flagellation de Clifton], The Adventure of Miss Flossie Evans. [L'Aventure de Miss Flossie Evans], A Hunting Experience. [Une aventure de chasse], Discipline at Paramé. [Fessées provinciales], The Extraordinary Courtship of Hector Demerre [Le Mariage au bord de l'eau].

The second and most sumptuous edition of this notable work. Four long stories, preceded by arguments, experiences, opinion, and eight genuine and original letters on the subject of flagellation. A notable volume, presenting conceptions of duty which dictate discipline through Pain; and the strange affinity which may exist between that emotion and its opposite, Pleasure. 


Painful Pleasures is an adaptation and translation of extracts from the French work Fustigations vécues by Jean de Villiot (Paris, Charles Carrington, 1907) and various letters from the Correspondence section of works published by Jean Fort in the Collection des Orties Blanches, like Jacques d'Icy's Paulette trahie (ca. 1924).

Paradoxically, most of the texts contained in Fustigations vécues are English texts translated in French: some of the 'Eight Genuine Letters' are a translation of Indecent Whipping (1885). The chapters from Le Fouet by H. Baker are from an English work of unknown origin. Other short stories like 'Flagellations at Clifton' and 'The Adventure of Miss Flossie Evans' may very well also be translations from English works.

About the author, Jean de Villiot: 

Georges Grassal de Choffat or Hugues Rebell was a French author. He wrote against Christianity and professed paganism while remaining a Catholic. An exponent of Friedrich Nietzsche, he was associated with the right-wing nationalist group Action Française.

Rebell wrote a number of pornographic works under the group pseudonym "Jean de Villiot", a prolific contributor to early 20th century French spanking literature, published by Charles Carrington.

Rebell is often dismissed as a failed author of pornography, remembered for only one title, Les nuits chaudes du Cap Français (1902), which won the Prix Nocturne in 1966. He was also a poet, whose Les Chants de la pluie et du soleil, dedicated to his friend René Boylesve, inspired André Gide in Les Nourritures Terrestres. He was also known as a polemicist of royalty because of his Union des trois aristocraties (1894), which treated the three aristocracies based on family name, money, and talent.

He wrote articles for the journals La Cocarde and Le Soleil, which were included in a collection of writings published in 1994 under the title De mon balcon. He wrote a defence of Oscar Wilde in the August issue of the literary magazine Mercure de France in 1895.

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Year Printed: 1931
Modified Item: No
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Topic: Erotica
Binding: Hardcover
Region: North America
Illustrator: E. Remsen
Author: Jean de Villiot et al
Subject: Philosophy
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Publisher: Gargoyle Press
Place of Publication: New York NY
Special Attributes: Illustrated
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